Something’s Brewing…

I’m almost done reading through a new scrapbook book called Scrap City (find it in my What I’m Reading section).  Last night as I made my way through it my mind started to light up like a casino on the Vegas strip.

I started this blog because I was looking for an outlet for my obsessions.  At the same time, though, I’ve been looking for direction for my scrapbooks.  I have a drive to document the everyday in both forums – but do I really have the time for that?  I most certainly do not.  I would love to take every blog post and make a scrapbook page out of it but I have to be realistic.  It’s one or the other, right?  Then I thought, what if I could combine the two…

…and I think I have figured out a way to do just that.  I have often shyed away from digital scrapbooking.  I think most of the reason for that was that I had seen to many poor examples of it – pages that felt like some clipart and background color was plopped down with a couple of digital pictures.*  But know I’m thinking there are to many pros for scrapbooking digitally to ignore:

  • Speed – I can work pretty quickly on a computer and organizing digitial “supplies” seems to be that it will be a lot easier for browsing than my traditional supplies are.
  • Manipulation – Begin lucky enough to have a copy of Photoshop (even if it is old) provides the potential for a lot of cool effects and new “tools”.
  • Economics – Someday I may choose to print all the digital layouts I envision and that may be costly (depending on how fruitful my efforts are) but in the meantime I’m finding a lot of images for my pages online and this saves me from printing them all the time.

So, while I’m not ready to abandoned my traditional scrapbooks (I still feel strongly about having something that can be touched and held and passed on, etc.) I think I’ll reserve that process for more substantial subjects.  In the meantime, when I’m going crazy over the latest episode of Bones (which I was last night and shall follow-up on in the blog over the next few days) I may just turn to digital instead.

Consider it an experiment.  We’ll see what happens next…

*Footnote:  I’m not knocking anybody – we all have our own ideas and the act of simply being creative in ANY way takes guts and deserves to be commended.

Edited to add:  Posted on the first try, thank you very much.  WordPress finally realized who’s boss.


About Mama's a Mess

Who am I and what am I doing here? Well, at the end of the day I'm a mother and a wife, a lover of classic monster movies and comic books, of music, TV and movies. I'm a sucker for pop culture. I'm a fangirl. I'm an artist. As my husband always puts it, "Baby, you're a mess!" I have a penchant for creating and collecting. I feed my brain with a mix of anything from hot rods and pin-ups to handmade and natural. I like to dig in the dirt and grow things but sometimes picture myself doing it like Donna Reed. I will always, always choose to wear a dress first. I am head over heels in love with my husband and have a fantastically crazy life with him. Follow all our adventures and musings on our blog at Twitter: @mamasamess Pinterest & Polyvore: mamasamess
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2 Responses to Something’s Brewing…

  1. Karen says:

    Congratulations on beating WordPress into submission.
    You can still have ‘touch and feel’ layouts with digital. I’m bi-scraptual (there, it’s out in the open) and I wrote a tutorial on printing your digi-layouts and getting the best of both worlds on my blog. You may like to check it out.
    And lastly, have you seen the TV series Neil Gaiman wrote called Neverwhere?

  2. KisstheLibrarian says:

    Thanks, Karen, for the tip! I checked out the tutorial and you make some great points – it’s encouraging for someone just making the transition.

    I have seen Neverwhere. It took a little bit for me to get into it. I had read the book much earlier, and I sometimes have a hard time with British programming. Comparing something like Neverwhere to Buffy, for example, Neverwhere feels to me like I’m watching a play more so than watching TV. Once I got past that, though, I loved it! The story really grabbed me, and I’m a sucker for endings like that (caution to wind, following your true path/love, etc.). What were your thoughts on it?

    If you liked Neverwhere, you may enjoy a book by Terry Pratchet titled “Night Watch”. The vibe of it reminded me a lot of Neverwhere – kinda turns you upside-down from time to time.

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