With advancing technology, you may wonder if traditional scrap-booking is losing its place in the world. What are the pros and cons of each? After spending the last 20 years scrap-booking using traditional methods, and the last few years experimenting digitally, here is what I found.
IT IS MOSTLY YOUR OWN PREFERENCE!
In traditional scrap-booking, there is something to be said for the hands-on artwork and the 3 dimensional quality you get. It is far more personal as a gift or heirloom with the amount of time and effort involved.
Another benefit to traditional scrap-booking is the social interaction many get doing this hobby. There are many “scrap-booking clubs” or “crops” where hobbyists can gather and gain ideas from each other and swap various papers, stickers, stamps, etc….
Digital scrap-booking has its pros too. One of the biggest, I think, is the cost factor. It is much more expensive to invest in papers, die cuts, stickers, glues, markers, etc…. used in traditional scrap-booking than in digital. You also have no mess to clean up, sort through and store because all your work is done on the computer. You can also print several copies of your digital albums to share, where as traditionally, you create one album at a time.
You can also “play around” more with your photos and enhance them, put graphics and/or text on them, or add effects to them digitally.
With either traditional or digital, you can be as creative or versatile as you like. The sky is the limit with either method. What you need toconsider is how much you enjoy doing the actual “hands-on” cutting, pasting, creating; how much time and money you want to invest; and whether you prefer to gather socially or sit at home with your own computer doing your own thing.
You can even do BOTH! Take the things you like from each method and combine them into your own unique scrap booking style!
The mostimportant key with either is to ENJOY what you are doing!