Monday, January 23

Scrapbooking - without the mess!

I love to take pictures. I also love to document my pitiful adventures in scrapbooks.
But I despise all the mess of scrapbooking! Glue everywhere, paper scraps all over the place, stickers messing things up, all to come up with a sad little scrapbook page.
Never more!
For my birthday a couple years ago, I got a scrapbooking program for our computer, so now I can have all the fun without making a big mess. Plus, if I make a mistake or don't like how something looks, I can tweak it until I'm happy with it. Plus, I can do all sorts of things to the photos and stuff that you really can't do in real scrapbooking. Here's some pages from a scrapbook I made the other day!
 There's a bunch of different things you can do, but what I like best is that the computer doesn't do it all for you. If you have zero creativity or artistic ability, your scrapbooks still won't come out, even with all the bells and whistles of scrapbooking software.
 I decided to devote a whole page to each kid. Keep it simple and sweet, ya know? And since we actually had good shots of all the kids, I was not gonna let them go to waste!
 Yeah, that's my page. Walk on.

 Cameron is so much fun to photograph! He makes for a very interesting photo, especially when he's in action!
 Well, this is Audrey's page. Yeah.
And this is the part where we try to take a Christmas photo. And you can see how well that worked out. Nobody wanted their picture taken, but we had different ways of showing it. Geoff gets all goofy. I start looking really awkward. Cameron makes weird faces. Audrey starts being ornery. And then Mom gets fed up with our antics and drops the whole thing.
And the best part: the sunset. It's too bad that I think this is the worst page out of the whole book, because the pictures are so pretty! Isn't it cool how the same sunset can look so completely different? In the bottom one, I was trying to get pictures of the dolphins that were playing in the water, but they were too far away, plus you couldn't really see them anyway.

Still, there is a downside to having a scrapbook on the computer. For example, you might spend months and months making a whole bunch of gorgeous scrapbooks using sentimental photos that you loved and get fabulous results out of all seventeen of your scrapbooks, only to have the computer crash and you lose all of that. Hypothetically, of course. I miss my seventeen scrapbooks. :(
I shall start anew!


  1. That reminds me that we need to get that USB stick for you. Remind me! Then you can save your scrapbooks and not have to worry about hard drive crashes.

  2. I love seeing your pictures! And your family pictures are so cute. :) Our computer crashed a few years ago and we lost a LOT of photos. Even my sisters wedding pictures. :( But then we invested in flash drives! And wahlah! :)

    You should tell me what website you use. I mean, please. :)

    1. I use a program called Scrapbook Max, and I love it! Other than that, I have no idea, since Mom and Dad got it for me for my birthday. :)

  3. Sarah Me =)24/1/12 7:46 AM

    That is so cool Meredith! I love how you used an action photo and a still one for each kids page. Great job! =D