Why You Should Print Those Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Do you print your digital scrapbook layouts? Or do they live only on your computer?

There are many reasons for printing out your finished digital scrapbook layouts. Reasons such as:

  • Printing may be safer than just storing digital files due to ever-changing technology
  • Printing scrapbook layouts gives you a “back up” of your memories (especially if you don’t print your digital photos!) in case your hard drive fails. One of my greatest fears is my computer’s hard drive failing and losing all our precious photos. For this reason, I do multiple backups. (A post for another day!) But having a printed scrapbook layout includes photos and journaling of those memories should this happen.
  • It makes you a better scrapbooker. When I see one of my layouts in print, sometimes details stand out to me that differ from when I looked at it in its digital form. For instance, you may find that the shadows you put on your photos do not look natural when printed, your text is too large (or too small!) Printing also helped me identify my preferred “style” and improved my overall scrapbooking habits by helping me see what I wanted to change in the future.
  • It is inspiring to hold your finished album! After all the hard work of creating your layouts, seeing them altogether as an album is quite a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! But warning: it will make you want to scrapbook even more!

But one of my favorite reasons is this: Picture of my kids looking at our scrapbooked memories

To share your layouts with your loved ones. My daughters love to look at my completed scrapbooks. When I show them a layout on the computer, they are somewhat interested. But show them a finished book, and they will happily page through its entirety, reading the stories and laughing, while exclaiming, “Oh, I remember that! Oh, I’d almost forgotten about that!” the entire time. Printing may feel costly, but it is worth every penny.

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4 Responses

  1. Lawyerlyn says:

    I do print my layouts. When i showed them to my niece she too exclaimed “i have forgotten about that.”

    • That’s awesome! Those kinds of things definitely make it worth all the work, I think. It is so much fun watching my girls look through all the memories. And I enjoy paging through them myself! It definitely has impressed upon me how important journaling is, even if it is a simple sentence explaining where we were or what we were doing. 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    It looks like you print a book rather than separate layouts?

    • I have done it both ways. When I first went digital, I would print each individual layout on a 12×12 page through Persnickety Prints. Then I would insert these into page protectors in a 12×12 3-ring binder. I am happy with the way they turned out and I loved that I could fit a lot of pages into on album and that I could insert pages anywhere (meaning I didn’t have to scrap and/or print the layouts in any particular order), but the albums themselves are very cumbersome. For my last two albums, I’ve uploaded my layouts to Shutterfly and made photobooks. I choose their lay-flat option, which makes my double layouts look great! And the albums are much smaller so they take up a lot less room on my shelves and are easier for my daughters to handle. But now I have to go in order and can’t add layouts in the middle. So both options definitely have both pros and cons!

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