Back to school scrapbooking

Back to School[Editor’s Note: Flip-Pal Ambassador Carrie Keele takes a look at the basics of digital scrapbook software just in time for back to school.]

I love this time of year. Always have, always will. My eyes sparkle when I see the rows of folders, glue sticks and pencils lining the shelves at the store. I love the smell of freshly opened notebook paper (yes, it has a smell) and the feel of new markers. Think of the things that make you smile about this time of year (an empty house, the crispness of fall around the corner, etc.) and document them in a unique scrapbook layout.

Every day my son comes home from school with a stack of papers, artwork and projects. I’d need to rent a warehouse to store it all. But I can’t possibly throw it away. My Flip-Pal mobile scanner makes it easy to scan those over-sized pieces and store them forever! Now instead of having boxes and boxes (and boxes) crammed with papers, I save just a few originals and scan the rest. Bonus: Use your favorite artwork as the background for a scrapbook page.

Many of us have boxes of refrigerator art or school art projects that we just can’t seem to part with over the course of the year. Then we realize we have run out of space on the “fridge” and boxing it up only puts it out of mind until we open that box again. With “Back to School” time upon us, now is a great chance to plan ways to create a digital scrapbook while the school day memories are still fresh in your mind.

Scanning our children’s one-of-a-kind original artwork gives us not only a way to keep it all preserved and safe, but it also allows us easy access to it when we have a few spare moments to work on crafting a memento—for example a digital scrapbook.

I recently started using the Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 software available on the Creative Suite Craft Edition 2.1 DVD and today I’ll focus on the very basics of creating a simple digital scrapbook page.

  • Launch Digital Scrapbook Artist, or click File >> New >> New from Startup Wizard.
  • In the Startup Wizard, click Start with a Theme.

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If you have turned the Startup Wizard off, and don’t see it when you start up, you can switch it on again. To do this, click Tools >> Options, select the Ease of Use option and then select the Startup Wizard check box.

  • In the Digikit Browser dialog, in the upper-left Scrapbook Name box, type a name for your scrapbook.
  • In the Page Size drop-down list, select page size.

In the Digikit Browser dialog you’ll see installed Digikits, plus featured free and purchasable Digikits from the DaisyTrail.com shop.

  • Select the Digikit you want to use as the basis for your scrapbook by clicking its thumbnail.
  • In the Layouts section, select the pages you want to add to your scrapbook by clicking their thumbnails.
  • If you select a layout from a featured free or purchased Digikit—the Digikit Not Installed dialog will display and you will be prompted to visit the DaisyTrail shop. Once you’ve installed your free or purchased Digikit, it will appear in the My Digikits section of the Digikit Browser. When you’re finished selecting pages, click Done.

Alternatively, you can acquire material to be used as the background by scanning that adorable refrigerator art.

  • Start with a blank page.
  • Scan the artwork and save it to your computer’s hard drive.
  • Then scan the photos you want on the page.
  • Select the background you just scanned.
  • Then add a frame.
  • Then select the photo of your child, student or friend who will make the page remarkable (See Adding your own photos below).

Voila! The first page of the layout opens in the workspace and all of the scrapbooking items contained in the Digikit are added to the Content Tab at the left of the workspace.

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  • Before making any changes to the layout, let’s save the file. Note: It’s good practice to save your work frequently!

Saving your work

The first time you save your work:

  • On the Standard toolbar, click Save.
  • In the Save As dialog:

– The File name text box displays the name you typed in the Digikit Browser dialog. To save your scrapbook with different file name, type it here.

Browse to and select the destination for your saved file.

Click Save.

Digital Scrapbook Artist periodically auto-saves your work to a temporary file, allowing you to recover as much as possible in the event of a system failure. You can set auto save frequency under the General option of the Tools >> Options dialog.

Adding your own photos

  • In the Contents Tab at the left of the workspace, click the Photos tab to open it. At the bottom of the tab, click Add.
  • In the Open dialog, browse to and select the photos you want to add to your scrapbook.
  • To select multiple adjacent files, press and hold down the Shift key. Click the first file in the list and then click the last file.
  • To select multiple non-adjacent files, press and hold down the Ctrl key and then click to select.
  • Click Open. Your photos are added to the Photos tab.

Running horizontally along the lower edge of the workspace, the Pages tab displays the pages you chose to add to your scrapbook. Click through the thumbnails to view these pages in the workspace and choose the page you want to work on first.

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Adjusting and replacing framed photos

  • Select the framed photo and then click the Crop button.
  • To rotate, or zoom into or out of the photo, click the buttons displayed at the right edge of the photo.
  • To pan the photo, click and drag on it.
  • To close the Crop window, click Back, or click elsewhere on the page or pasteboard area.

To replace a photo:

  • Drag a different photo onto a frame from the Photos tab.
    -or-
  • Select the framed photo you want to replace and then click the Select Cropped Object(s) button that displays below it.

Click the Replace Photo button on the Photo context toolbar.

Browse to and select the photo you want to add and click Open.

Adding scrapbook letters

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  • In the Content Tab at the left of the workspace, click the Letters tab to open it.
  • To add an individual letter, drag it from the tab onto your page.
    – or –
  • To add an entire word or phrase all at once, type your text into the box at the bottom of the tab, and then click Insert.

With the school year officially underway, I feel that I’m more prepared than ever with my Flip-Pal to save quality copies of the original artwork as soon as they come home in piles. These one-of-a-kind “kid art master pieces” will have new and longer life being used in whatever comes to mind for projects down the road. I feel inspired to get started; perhaps I’ll make personal digital scrapbooks for each of my kids. I hope this has introduced you to just how fun, easy, and creative digital scrapbooking can be. For me, having a really easy way to better organize and do fun projects will bring me a lot of joy. It may place me in the running for being Mom of the Year!

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Resource list:

  • Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 version 2.0.3:

Getting Started from DigiKit theme

Getting Started from Scratch Wizard

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