Digital Scrapbooking Versus Traditional Scrapbooking

SAVE MONEY.  SAVE TIME.  SAVE SPACE.

Here are my top ten reasons I like digital scrapbooking over traditional scrapbooking (in no particular order).

1. NO MESS

It’s next to impossible not to make a mess when traditional scrapbooking with all the cutting, gluing, and taping going on.  There are paper and photo scraps lying amongst a myriad of supplies strewn about a workspace.  When it comes to digital scrapbooking, there’s no mess at all.  Everything is contained within your computer which is great because you can be digitally scrapbooking minutes before guests come over and not have to worry about cleaning up after yourself!

digital scrapbook no mess

This isn't my mess, but a nice example of a typical scrapbook mess

2. NO SETTING UP OR PICKING UP AFTERWARDS

Now this is closely related to number one but I’m focusing on the fact of saving time on this one.  Because you don’t have to set up or clean up afterwards with digital scrapbooking you save yourself a lot of time!

3. ABLE TO SCRAP IN SHORT TIME INCREMENTS

With paper scapbooking, it seems like I had to block off a whole morning or weekend just to get anything done.  With digital scrapbooking, I am able to sit down at the computer and scrap 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there which is great with little ones running around and constantly pulling me away from the computer!

4. DON’T NEED STORAGE SPACE FOR SUPPLIES

My traditional scrapbook supplies are housed within this entire desk (I use them to make cards).  My digital scrapbook items only take up room on my computer!

digital scrapbooking vs traditional scrapbooking

5.  DON’T NEED A LARGE WORKSPACE

When I paper scrapped, I always had to sit up a card table to have enough room to scrap.  Now, all I need is my computer desk.

6.  IF YOU HAVE A LAPTOP, YOU CAN SCRAPBOOK WHEREVER YOU GO

How convenient to be able to scrap while you otherwise could be wasting time sitting at an airport or driving in the car.

digital scrapbook comparison

7.  PHOTO BOOKS WEIGH MUCH LESS THAN SCRAPBOOKS

Most of my paper scrapbooks are stored in a trunk that actually needs two people to move it now– that’s how heavy they are!  The photo books weigh considerably less thank goodness!

photo book comparison with paper scrapbook

Look at the difference in thickness between the two!

8.  PHOTO BOOKS ARE MORE DURABLE THAN SCRAPBOOKS

When making traditional scrapbooks, you have to be careful with using quality tape and glue so your pages won’t fall apart as well as acid-free products to ensure that years down the line your pictures will still be good.  The photo books from Shutterfly are printed on nice durable and fairly thick pages.  I don’t think they’ll have any problem holding up to some wear and tear.

9.  PHOTO BOOKS CAN BE REPLACED IF IN A FIRE

Now I know the chances of a fire occurring in your home are small, but if one did burn down our house, my traditional scrapbooks would be destroyed and I would just lose out on those memories.  My photo books would also be destroyed, but all the books and pages I have uploaded to Shutterfly will still be there and all I would have to do is order them again.

10.  MULTIPLE PHOTO BOOKS CAN BE ORDERED

I love the fact that I can scrap one page but use it in multiple books.  I do this a lot with pages for my two boys.  It’s also easy to put together brag books for family members without having to do any extra work.  In addition, if anyone wants a copy of a scrapbook I make, all they have to do is order it.  This is especially nice for trips that multiple people go on.

***PHOTO BOOKS ARE CHEAPER TO MAKE THAN TRADITIONAL SCRAPBOOKS***

why digital scrapbook

I did not include this is my top ten list because I think this is up for debate.  Personally, I do think that photo books are cheaper to make than traditional scrapbooks but I honestly haven’t figured it all out.

The only cost for a digitally scrapbooked photo book is the actual cost of making the photo book.  I always wait to use free shipping codes and discount codes for 25%-30% off Shutterfly when I order my books.  On average, I get a 100 page book for $115 shipped to my house.  I know it seems expensive because you get the cost all at once, but I think it really ends up being cheaper than traditional scrapbooking in the long run.

To paper scrapbook, you have to consider the cost for:

    • paper
    • adhesives
    • stickers
    • printing off pictures
    • cutting tools (not that you have to buy these every time)
    • scrapbook
    • 100 pages/page covers
    • ribbon and other elements
    • markers

So, I’m not sure how it all works out, but I would say it’s pretty close to even, if not a bit cheaper to digitally scrapbook.  *On a related note, I can get a lot more pictures on a page in a digital scrapbook versus a traditional scrapbook.*

Agree or disagree with my list?  Have anything to add to it?  Which method of scrapbooking do you think is cheaper?

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