Back when I first transitioned from consumable paper scrapbooking to digital I was thrilled with the easy clean up and the fact I could use a ‘paper’ on multiple pages. No longer was I spending hours sorting and organizing craft supplies or dedicating a whole room to my hobby! I instead spent hours ‘tagging’ my digital ‘supplies’ and buying additional hard drives to store them in a sensible way so I could find those files when I was ready to create my art. Lots of ‘pros’ there but potentially a few ‘cons’, too. So let’s look at a few considerations.
First up is DMCA. Copyright laws; what you can and can’t do. When you buy a ‘kit’ you are actually buying a license to use those files to create art with your photos. You can alter them, too! Just check the TOS (terms of service) files, the little notepad file that comes included with the art files. I quickly learned to organize and store files in folders named with the artists’ names. I nest those folders inside folders with the store name just to make it easier to tell friends where I got that fabulous ribbon or sticker, etc. I learned how to make my own stuff too! I joined several ‘creative teams’ for my favorite designers posting my pages to show how I used their kits. In most cases it was just courteous to give attribution to the designer. In some cases it was required. And before you scan a Disney wrapping paper for those birthday party pictures just be aware that you shouldn’t expect to sell kits that you put together as your own designs. That’s not what designers do!
Another consideration is your budget! I can tell you from my own experience that it was easy to blow my budget which is how I ended up on creative teams. Those designers really earned their pay, though. It’s not easy to create such beautiful embellishments. I’ve always felt they weren’t charging enough for those kits and looking at today’s prices I still think it’s a major bargain! Of course with my eyesight I’m tempted to pick up the already designed pages known as quick pages. And I might just do that! There are still so many advantages as long as I can find a cost effective software solution to enable me to use those quick pages!
Most of all I want to mention the social aspect of scrapbooking in general and the sense of community specifically at many of the stores. I used to have a username with a massive post count of over 4k at a forum. Yes, I spent way too much time online. But those friendships were precious to me and helped me through many a tough spot. My sense of isolation I’ve endured since closing my business and has deepened with leaving my last attempt at church membership so leaving the digiscrapping forums surely didn’t help. Even back in my paper scrapbooking days I attended ‘crops’. Just in finishing this post I’m remembering how much socializing I’ve been missing and I may go find myself a forum or whatever the modern version is for my other hobbies.