|Over the past few years, we have seen quite an increase in the number of digital scrapbooking websites. One reason for this is the increase in popularity of digital and hybrid scrapbooking and crafts. These websites are a great resource for inspiration, fun activities and, of course, digital scrapbooking products.|
Most digital scrapbooking websites have at least five features which include an online store, forum, gallery, blog and a newsletter. Larger websites also have chats and tutorials that teach everything from the basics of digital scrapbooking to making your own papers and elements. All of these features are meant to build a community of digital crafters.
These online stores have everything that the digital scrapper might need from quick pages to paper packs. They say a quilter can never have enough fabric. Well, a scrapbooker can never have enough papers and elements. What makes digital products so nice is that they are reusable. Unlike traditional paper scrapbook products that you can only use once, the number of times that digital products can be reused is only limited by your imagination. These online stores have a great variety of products created by freelance designers. The inventory always has the latest styles and themes and there is always a sale.
Besides the dedicated team of designers that keep the virtual store shelves full of goodies, these sites also have a creative team that create some beautiful sample layouts with the store products. You will find these in the gallery along with even more layouts created by the gallery members. It's free to join the gallery and share in the fun. It's amazing the variety of talent displayed in these galleries.
In the forum, you will find all the help you will need to create your own layouts. You will also find some fun challenges and contests. This is a great way to learn new techniques and keep up with the latest styles. Another way to stay up to date is to visit the store blog or sign up for the site newsletter which will notify you about the new additions to the store.
So where do you find these sites? Well, a Google search will give you several to start with and you can also join the many Yahoo groups dedicated to digital scrapbooking. Here are a few sites to get you going.
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