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Christmas Songs & Digital Scrapbooking - Vol. 1

Christmas is in full swing around here, and it is only 4 days into December. Before we know it though, we will be staring into the face of 2018 wondering where 2017 and Christmas went. I swear it flies by faster and faster every year! However, while we are in the middle of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I thought we would take a moment (or four) and appreciate it!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music!! I am one of those annoying people that bust the Christmas tunes out November 1st. I don't decorate or do much shopping until after Thanksgiving. Those songs though...love! I have been known to pull up the Christmas playlist in the middle of summer just to lift my spirits. With that in mind, I thought we would take some of the most popular Christmas songs out there, and showcase their corresponding digital scrapbooking kit!

I used THIS list from Ranker.com. It is crowd ranked list. There are 50 on this list. I would love to do all 50, but I cannot. For one, I don't have the time. December is a busy real-life time of the year, as well as scrapping. For two, not all of these songs have corresponding kits. A great opportunity for any designers reading this! I took the top 25 and will be showing you the top 20 Christmas songs digital scrapbooking kits. I will be showcasing them in four volumes. I am doing it this way as to not over load you. These posts will be image/video heavy.

I was looking for kits/collections/templates with the exact names of the Christmas song. There were one or two that I had to branch out in order to get it for this list. About half though had sooo many options. I had to narrow it down. I didn't explore the entire digital scrapbooking world for this list. I just don't know every single option out there. I am pulling from the places I shop the most. I am also only going to show one item per song. The songs that had multiple digital scrapbooking supplies, I will link up to those as well. (all images linked to counterpart in the stores). I am also starting with #1 and going down the list. I get starting at the bottom and ending with # 1 might be better...but #1 is my #1 Christmas song, and I wanna do it first. :-) Get ready...Dashing through the snow...

Top 5 Digital Scrapbooking Christmas Songs

#1 White Christmas

Oh I was so happy that this was #1. Like I said earlier, this is my #1 all time Christmas song. I love snow, and I actually dream of white Christmases. I've had two my entire life. Once when I was really young and I do not remember it. Anther was about 8 years go. I also just melt when I hear Bing sing. The kit chosen for White Christmas is  I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Ooh La La Scraps. It is the only one I could find from the 6 places I looked. I actually knew about this kit before hand, and immediatly though of it when I saw what #1 was. I have also scrapped with it.

My Layout:

Digital Scrapbooking FAQs

I have been scrapping digitally since 2008. I am heading into 10 years of digital scrapbooking. Well any form of scrapbooking really. Back in 2007 I tried my hand and good old fashioned paper, scissors and glue scrapbooking. Eh. I wasn't thrilled with the outcome of the two books I managed.

I've told the story before. However for a quick refresher...I had worked in a copy and print center of a major office supply store from when I was 20 to around 23. In fact that is where I met my husband. Anyway, I saw things that people could do now with the digital side of memory keeping. I kept that tucked back in my brain until the year after my son was born. I did a little research online. I stumbled upon Scrapbook Graphics (which is now closed as of this month) and the rest is history! In fact one of the reasons I am such a huge Flergs fan is because she was the very first designers I stumbled upon and bought from. Here I am 10 years later and she is my favorite designer to-date. I digress...

Over the past ten years I have been asked a lot of questions about digital scrapbooking. In fact, I have been asked a lot of the same questions. That is what this post is about today. I have compiled those questions that I get asked the most. I will answer them to the best of my ability. A lot of them are going to be opinion based answers. And you know that saying...we all have them. My opinion might not be right for you, or what you have heard before. But let's be honest. This is digital scrapbooking, not politics. I don't anything I have to say will be upsetting. I hope that is informative. And if I can get anyone pointed in the right direction and on their way to digital scrapbooking, I am happy for it!

Frequently Asked Questions about Digital Scrapbooking

1. What is digital scrapping (or digi-scrap)? I have done an entire post on this before. To make it short and sweet for you though. Digital scrapbooking is exactly like it sounds. Digital scrapbooking is a form of scrapbooking that has you using your computer (some people use their tablets) to create your scrapbooking layouts or pages. That is done using a personal computer, digital or scanned photos, computer graphics and advanced photo editing software.

2. How do I get started? It is different for each person who has gotten into it. Some people jump in head first to sink or swim. Some people take classes, and some people are self taught. I personally am a jump in head first self taught scrapper. I do suggest the few people that I have gotten started in digital scrapbooking to do a little research. On not only how you do it, but what all you need to do it. So far the best beginners class/tutorial that I have found is HERE. It is completley free. They also give you a digital scrapbooking kit for free. This way you can find out for sure if this is for you. You will need a photo editing software. I suggest PhotoShop Elements. Which they also help you understand in this class. 

Class Includes:

  • 16 professional, download-friendly video lessons
  • PDF lesson handouts with step-by-step instructions
  • A beautiful digital mega-kit with over 60+ papers and 100+ embellishments
  • 6 fully layered page templates + 2 quick pages for fast scrapbooking
  • And 100% guided support in our forum because no one should have to figure this computer crafting stuff out alone!
  • Forever access!

3. What do you use to scrap? I use PhotoShop Elements 13. I started out using an old version of regular PhotoShop and have found that Elements is easier to use. It is also much cheaper, and there is only one thing (spellcheck) that I can't do in Elements that I could in PhotoShop. Make sure to keep an eye out around Christmas. It goes on sale usually then. 

4. What else do I need besides PhotoShop Elements? Photos, digital papers and elements are the supplies you need to scrap your digital scrapbooking layouts. They are downloaded off the internet. You can buy them and find some for free! You will need to know how to download things, how to find them and unzip them once you have them on your computer. where to store them, and how to store them. I personally suggest that you store them in two different places. Some of the places you can store your digital scrapbooking supplies are on your computer, an external hard-drive, DVDs, or internet back up. I personally store mine on my computer and have an internet back up. 
  • Photos(I have been known to scrap photo-less layouts though!). I usually take photos with my camera or phone and save them to my computer. From there I can upload them to my layout. I also have photos from the good old pre-digital days. What do I do with those? Scanner baby! Scan them right in and use them on my layouts. I am not going to lie to you though, and I do suggest this if you are going to print in 8x8 or smaller. I have been known to take really nice and clear photos of my photos to use on my layouts. True story!
  • Digital papers and elements, otherwise known as "kits", are the next thing you need. Technically you can scrap without them. You can upload photos and journal without them. I personally love all the pretty papers and elements that go with them. 

There are a huge range of items that will be your digital scrapbooking supplies. Those include: 
  • Full kits - Which are most everything you need bought at once. All the papers and elements you need. Usually in some sort of theme. Color or activity. 
  • alphas - these are just like they sound. Beautiful letters used to title your page
  • papers 
  • elements - all the things that are not papers. Think flowers, stars, and so on. 
  • templates - which I love and will have a whole other post about just them
  • quick pages
  • and more!

5. Where do I get digital papers and elements? There are tons and tons of stores around online to buy these digital scrapbooking supplies. Just google "digital scrapbooking store" and go from there. My favorites are GingerScraps and SweetShoppe Designs. You can also google "digital scrapbooking freebies" and start getting some items from free. 

6. Are there different Styles? Yes! So here is a quick list of different styles. As new styles emerge or I think of ones I have most likely forgot, I will add to the list. 

  1. Paper Style - Looks most like traditional scrapbook pages (how I scrap)
  2. Graphic Style - Looks more like advertisements & heavy usage on the program used for scrapping
  3. Fantasy Style - These look like pieces of artwork, pictures from children's books, and have a magical/whymsical feeling to them
  4. Hybrid - This is where you take the digital parts of scrapbooking (usually the elements and some of the papers) print them off, and then scrap/craft traditionally with them. 

7. How do I get my supplies after buying them? Once the purchase is complete, you will be given download links for your purchases. You can usually access through your account under "order history" in most stores. Most stores will also email you directly with the links once payment has cleared. Simply click the download link, browse to your desired saving location, and save the file to your computer. Your download will be saved to your computer as a zip file. A zip file is a set of files compressed into the smallest possible form for downloading. To open your file, you will need to unzip the file. To unzip, simply double click. If double clicking doesn’t work, you may need to download a program like WinZip.

8. Why digital? Like I said earlier, I never really got into the traditional side of scrapbooking. I do personally know many people who have though. Some after scrapping for longer than I have been alive and said that digital scrapbooking wasn't "real" scrapbooking and so on. The main reasons I've been told for "why digital"....

  1. Space! That's right. I have close to 500 digital scrapbooking kits/collection. It takes up a quarter of a TB hard-drive. If I had that much in physical supplies, it would take up at least a room. 
  2. Less messy. There is glitter and cutting and pasting in digital scrapbooking. It is all done with mouse/keyboard though. Not a mess in sight. And guess what...if I mess up I can undo and redo a lot easier!

9. Can I share my purchases with friends/family? No! That is a big no-no in the digital world. Sharing files you have purchased with others is actually digital piracy and most designers depend on income from their designs!

10. Cay I share my layouts? Absolutely!, Just make sure the layout you share with family and friends is a flattened .jpg version of the file. 

11. What do I do with my finished layouts? PRINT THOSE BABIES OUT! I cannot stress enough actually having these printed. Yes it is fun to show them off on your computer. I upload mine to FB and here on the blog. I also have them as backgrounds on my computers and screen savers. But I suggest printing them out. Now, you can print them out in 12x12 and put them in a standard 12x12 scrapbook. I personally find those to be too big for my little house. I create my layouts at 12x12 size then print and store them at 8x8. You can get 8x8 scrapbooks as well. My favorite place to get the actual books are Hobby Lobby. Now my all time and only place I print my layouts at is Persnickety Prints. You can also use other print places. This is just my favorite. 

Tips & Things to Know

I want to leave you with a few tips that I have learned over the years. Nothing huge. Just some points in the right direction. 

  1. Back up your supplies, layouts, and prints! Please don't think that it wont happen to you. It has happened to most every scrapper I know. I cannot image the pain of not only losing out on itesm you have bought to scrap with but those layouts and photos! Back up your files! You can back up via online backups, and mulitple external hard drives. 
  2. Shadows! I think one of the most important parts of digital scrapbooking is shadow work. It is also one of the most difficult things to learn, and everyone has their own opnion. Everyone agrees though that layouts look flat and unrealistic without shadows. The best place to learn is tutorials. Here are some of the best ones I know about. 
  3. Have fun! This is a hobby. Don't let it stress you out. Feel free to ask questions. The digital scrapbooking community is one of the nicest communities out there! Most shops have forums. The two shops I mentioned earlier do. They both also have sections you can ask questions. You can also ask me! 

I hope these helps at least someone out there get pointed in the right direction. I have written this with one person in mind. I've been ask to teach them digital scrapbooking. I am a terrible teacher. Terrible! I can point you in the right direcition for pretty much any question you will have about digital scrapbooking. 

I started this hobby 10 years ago. I have made beautiful layouts, books, memories, and friends. I went from it being a hobby to working with some of the best designers out there. I cannot imagine a time where this wont be something that I do....and love. I hope that if you are reading this that in 10 years time you can say the same thing. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. You can leave me a comment here. I get and read them all. You can also contact me directly though the contact tab at the top of the page or the contact form at the very bottom of this blog. 

Happy Scrapping!

Thanksgiving Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

Thanksgiving is Thursday here in the states. Everyone is gearing up for those big meals, family coming into town (or yourself going out of town), and just being plain old thankful! In fact some people have been doing their 30 Days of Thankful since the 1st.

Canada had their Thanksgiving last month; and let's be honest. We should be thankful year round. That being said, if your Thanksgiving is coming up, make sure to take those photos!! For some reason I tend to forget to take photos of Thanksgiving. I always find my photo selection wanting when it comes to gearing up to scrap those Thanksgiving memories. I am making it a mission to get more photos this year!!

Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving digital scrapbooking supplies. There are a lot of goodies in this post!! I don't want to overload you with too much. I do want you all to see some of the best, in m opinion, digital scrapbooking supplies for your Thanksgiving photos and layouts. The IMAGES are linked to their counterpart in the store. In case you want to check them out.
Gobble Gobble! 

Believe in Magic: Celebrate Thanksgiving by Amber Shaw & Studio Flergs

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a grateful heart and a touch of magic! Amber Shaw and Studio Flergs are back with a brand new collaboration featuring the best of classic Thanksgiving elements and colors, with the perfect extra touch of glitter and gold. Patterned papers including plaid, stripe, chevron, woodgrain, abstract and solid are the perfect backdrops for your photos and embellishments, including acorns, pilgrim hats, feathers, flowers, jeweled buttons, pumpkin pie and more. You've got lots to be thankful for. Share your bounty with pages made this from this #believeinmagic digital scrapbok kit!

New Releases - Christmas, Harry Potter, & Mickey!

Another Friday has dawned. Which means it is time for new releases for all things digital scrapbooking. With everyone gearing up for Thanksgiving here in the states, and Black Friday sales all around, there are not many new goodies this week. I will just jump right into them though. As usual, all images are linked to their counterparts in the store.

Magic Moments: Fab Five by Bella Gypsy Designs

Oh, boy! When your squad is both magical and inseparable, you learn the value of true friendship. Come meet our pals, get an autograph if you can, even. And document all of your magical memories of the five best friends you could ask for with Magic Moments: Fab Five.

My Layout:
I don't have many photos with Mickey in them. Or the Fab 5. All the boys (son and nephews) went through their Mickey Mouse Clubhouse phase. They all had Mickey or Fab 5 birthday parties. I just don't have a lot of photos though. Which is sad. I do have photos of the kiddo and his cousins coming out the ears though. Or should I say the "Brousins".

Harry Potter Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

Keeping with my ultra-nerdy Harry Potter theme I have going on the blog here lately! I thought that to go along with all those HP digital scrapbooking layouts I created (to go with all the Universal and Halloween photos), that I would showcase some actual Harry Potter digital scrapbooking supplies.

I did all the scouring of the inter-webs to find all these HP products. Most all of these I own personally and have used on multiple pages. There are copyright laws that affect a lot of what can and cannot be in a hit. They are usually generally themed and can be put together to bring you the whole idea of Harry Potter. It isn't too vague that you cannot get the theme of the kit/collection, and in turn your layout(s).

Surprisingly enough there has been an influx of HP themed digital scrapbooking supplies out this year. Which is perfect for me since we went to Universal this year, and dressed up as HP inspired characters for Halloween! I think that I am going to show you most (if not all) of the ones out there. I feel like there is bound to be one or two that I miss. Basically because I stick to a few stores. If I do miss one or some, make sure to link me up in the comments. I will gladly edit this post to include them! I will go ahead and say that I skipped looking on Etsy. All images are linked to their counterparts in the store. So hold on to your Hippogriff...there are a lot of them!!

Accio Scrapbook Supplies!!

Many parts of life are beautiful, but some moments are just pure magic! The Magic Moments Collection is an undertaking 11 years in the making--join Bella Gypsy as we explore every magical moment our imaginations can and hearts can hold.

New Releases - Winter & Christmas Layouts

Here in the states once Halloween ends and with the start of November 1st, brings Christmas crashing down upon our heads. I don't say that in a complaining sort of way. I am one of those people that loves Christmas so much that I am happy for it to be a two month affair. You might even find me from time-to-time in the summer busting out the Christmas playlist just to lift my spirits.

I do realize that there are many many many people out there that are not like that. That want to enjoy Thanksgiving for all it's glory. (Don't fret. I love me some Thanksgiving too! I can just appreciate both at the same time). They wont even think of Christmas until the Friday after Thanksgiving. I hear ya! I will not put any Christmas decorations up until then. In fact my Halloween decorations are still up with pride. We love Halloween a bit too much for me to shove everything back in storage come November 1st. I get my early Christmas celebrating on by Christmas music and digital scrapbooking.

Just like most everything else the digital scrapping community starts gearing up for Christmas in the week after Halloween. There are Christmas gifts to make! Gotta get those designs out early and those projects started! With that in mind, yesterday this week's new releases came out at all my favorite stores. Most of them are Christmas inspired.

Get ready for it....
Jingle Bells!! Jingle Bells!! Jingle all the Way!!

New Digital Scrapbooking Releases 

Rust Cabin Christmas by Melissa Bennett 

This is the quintessential Christmas kit to me!! Piney greens, Christmas red, woodgrain, and kraft paper. I am also a sucker for plaid...and the color comination of black and red. In fact I am wearing that color combination as I write this! It also happens to be the color scheme of my favorite sports team. Go Dawgs! Anyway, when I saw this collection I knew exactly what I was going to scrap.

I actually scrapped out of theme for this. I didn't go the Christmas route. I had this photo of the kiddo and I snuggled under a blanket with this exact color scheme. In fact one of that papers looks like the blanket itself. Here is my layout:

A Lot Like Christmas Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs. 

No your eyes do not deceive you....CHRISTMAS PANDA!!!! Of course you know me. I had to put that cute little guy in his Christmas PJs as many ways possible that I could find on my layout. I will also be coming back to this collection. That is one of my favorite things about Bella Gypsy's designs. They are jam packed full! I love clustering on my layouts. They are the perfect designers for that. I should dress up as a Christmas panda while putting up the tree this year!

Make sure you check out their store as well. There are a great many add-ons for this collection too. There are additional stackers, dates (perfect for December Daily!), and alphas to go along with this huge collection. So check em out! Here is my layout:

November 2017 Grab Bag by Designs by Connie Prince

It is that time again. This month's grab bag by Connie Prince. This one is a Christmas themed grab bag! As you can see from the image above there is a kit, border clusters, inked bits, page clusters, extra papers, and templates!! All for just $5. I always look forward to the monthly grab bags. It is a great value for the money paid. 

This is another quintessential Christmas collection. From the traditional reds and greens, to Santa, trees, holly, and candy canes. Of course a whole lot more. This was the 1st Christmas kit for me this year. It was a lot of fun scrapping with it. I am really really pleased with my layout. 

That is all I have for today. Make sure to check back on Monday. I am showcasing the last bit of the Harry Potter digital scrapbooking. Monday will be all the great digital scrapbooking supplies out there that you can use to scrap those Harry Potter photos. Nerdy fun! 

And in case you did not believe me...here ya go. This is me right now. Wearing my red and black. I also probably could have smiled a bit more. I thought I was smiling when I took the picture. ha ha ha. Well smiling as much as I can without showing all my teeth. Anyway, I guess that is what you get when you spend most the night up and coughing. A non-smile when you thought you were actually smiling. I actually kinda look mad. lol. There ya go though. Wearing red and black. 

Have a good weekend! 

Harry Potter Digital Scrapbooking Layouts

Halloween has come and gone. Harry Potter though is with me all year long. You guys. I am such a huge nerd! I wave that flag proudly though. Like I mentioned when we were talking about the Masquerade, I needed to do a post with nothing but Harry Potter digital scrapbooking layouts. Yeah, I have that many. Enough to make an entire blog post about them. I was going to combine a post about all the magical Harry Potter digital scrapbooking supplies out there. I decided to make that a separate post though. I try not to overload your visual senses too much. 

That being said, most of the items that are going to be on the next post are being used in these layouts. So you can get a good idea of what is out there. I also wont make you wait terribly long for that post. Check back later this week for it. I am going to do all the hard work for you. Do all the searching. 

Here are the some of the Harry Potter digital scrapbooking layouts I have scrapped: 

Favorite minutes 5. by Tinci Designs
School of Wizardry by Magical Scraps Galore

Mama Bear {Templates} by Little Rad Trio
School of Wizardy by Magical Scraps Galore