For the last several weeks I have been featuring this series here on Momof6 on how to create free digital scrapbooks using PicMonkey- my absolute favorite photo editing tool! So far we have covered:
- Why PicMonkey is a Great (and Free!) Solution and why I prefer it vs. creating a digital scrapbook at a photo printing website (such as Shutterfly).
- How to Use PicMonkey to Improve (Edit) Your Images
- Where to Find Great Free Digital Scrapbook Papers for Your PicMonkey Pages
- How to Assemble Your Digital Scrapbook Pages
- Adding Text to Your Digital Scrapbook Pages
and today we will cover Printing and Enjoying Your Digital Scrapbook!
Printing Your Digital Scrapbook Pages
There is nothing like handing someone a beautifully-bound hard cover scrapbook and watching them immerse themselves in enjoying the pictures, reading all of the details, and just basking in the glow of great family memories. So I will always, always order a hard-copy version of every digital scrapbook that I create. I keep them all on shelves in my office, arranged separately for each child, so they can easily go to their self that holds their treasured memories and enjoying looking at their books. So here are the steps that I take to print a hard copy version of my digital scrapbook from my favorite photo printing website: Shutterfly.
I typically will order a scrapbook only once per year, and a scrapbook covers an entire year's worth of events for each child. But most importantly- Shutterfly has sales on their photo books all of the time- so never buy one at regular price! Wit until they are 40-50% off! To create your album, upload each digital scrapbook page to Shutterfly, just as you would pictures, and add them to a new album. Then head into the Shutterfly store, and go into the section where you can order an album. Select a “Custom Path” album, then select a Hard Cover album in the 12 x12 size. Next, select “Everyday” as the album type and then select the “Simply White album”. This will allow you to basically start with blank white pages for your album.
The next step will be to bring into the album all of the scrapbook pages you created (which you can easily do by selecting the album you uploaded them to, and then Select All). You’ll need to select an image for your album cover (I suggest a single image, not a scrapbook page) and then create a title for your book. You can then add each scrapbook page you created to a page of the album.
You can adjust how the scrapbook page looks in your album by the type of layout in-the left-hand column. Select this one to create a white border on each page.
Or select this layout to create border-less pages. (My personal preference!) Review your album carefully and then order your copy!
Enjoying Your Digital Scrapbooks on Your Devices
When I first started scrapbooking 12 years ago, I did everything on paper, as did most scrapbookers at the time. But then I also scanned in each scrapbook page so that I would have a “saved copy” on a disc, in case (God forbid) the house ever burned down and I lost all of my books. Later on, after my family started to own iPhones and iPads and iMac devices, I took out all of those saved images from those discs and imported them into iPhoto so that I can look at my scrapbooks on my devices anytime I want. And now we download each individual child’s scrapbooks to their i-Device and I have to tell you… my kids now look at their scrapbooks all of the time!
The process is really pretty simple. Import your scrapbook pages as images into iPhoto (File, Import to Library). Select the Event and create an Album for each scrapbook. You can then sync that album to your other devices! And enjoy viewing your digital scrapbooks anytime!
We Really Covered A Lot in These Last Few Weeks!
So to make it simple for you to create free digital scrapbook pages, I created a one-page “quick-tips” sheet that shows all of the steps involved in creating digital scrapbook pages. Simple click on the image below to print out the sheet, and you are ready to get scrappin'!
I sincerely hope that you enjoyed this “Momof6 How-To” series- and that I've inspired you to try some digital scrapbooking!