Digital Scrapbooking: A Creative Way to Connect With BFFs

She’s your favorite person in the world, your best friend. No one gets you like she does. Unfortunately, your bestie lives 1,523 miles away. That’s about 21 hours and 46 minutes of driving time, but who’s counting? Having long-distance BFFs is hard. But thanks to the emergence of social technology, it can seem like they are right there with you.

You can maintain your long distance friendships through text, FaceTime, Skype, social media and a good old-fashioned phone call. But there’s another creative way to feel connected that also preserves memories, shares pictures and keeps you up to date on what’s happening in each other’s lives — digital scrapbooking.

How It Works

Whether you have dabbled in traditional scrapbooking or not, rest assured the digital version is much less chaotic. There’s no paper, glue, stickers or storage necessary. And you don’t have to visit the craft store and spend a bunch of money. The world of online scrapbooking is larger than you might think, and there are lots of resources at your disposal.

To create unique digital pages, you need digital photos, a computer software program and digital scrapbooking décor, such as wallpaper backgrounds, embellishment, word art, stickers and quotes. All you have to do is choose your program, upload your photos and select your layout, embellishments and graphics. Then, decide how you want to share it with your long-distance friends. All of a sudden, you have a fun and creative new way of communicating.

Add Personal Touches

Web-based programs come with a variety of backgrounds that help you create a visual experience. Each paper, picture and sticker exists on its own layer, which makes it easy to reposition.

There are several ways to add personal touches to your books, including:

  • Use your own handwriting
  • Create your own clip art
  • Add music
  • Make video montages
  • Use a photo editor to create cool effects on your images
  • Create your own background paper

Mobile Scrapbooking

For those of you who pretty much do everything on your smartphone or tablet, there are several apps that allow you to create and share digital pages on-the-go through your mobile devices. ScrapPad, Picasa, Scrap It and Scrapbook — Tell Your Story allow you to piece together mobile pictures, lay them out on unique backgrounds, personalize them and sync them to social media sites for easy sharing with friends.

Founder of Digital Scrapbooking Magazine, April Anderton, tells Ella Publishing Co. that she creates digital scrapbooks on her phone because she’s not only sharing an image she created, but the entire feeling of the experience. “I don’t have to have a laptop or my big camera, and my phone is always with me,” she explains.

Remember, images are the star of the show when it comes to digital scrapbooking so be sure to have a phone with a camera that supports this craft. For instance, the new HTC One M9 has a 20-megapixel camera and a digital effects photo editor that is perfect for creating unique digital pages.

Resources

Whether you store digital copies of your layout on your computer, keep an online gallery to share or print your scrapbooks out to put them in the mail, digital scrapbooking can be a fun way to keep in touch with your long-distance best buds. There are hundreds of resources that help make your project your own. From software to templates to classes, Mashable suggests these sites to help make your scrapbook special:

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