We headed up to Dallas this past weekend to visit my in-laws.  My sister-in-law is a Director and Consultant for Creative Memories, a scrapbooking company.  Personally, I’ve always been anti-scrapbooking because I detest never-ending projects!  I’m a person that likes to see the fruits of my labor and I want to be able to relish in the feeling of accomplishment and productivity when I see a project completed.  Plus, I’m way too anal retentive…I hate cutting and gluing my pictures, I feel like I’m ruining them.  I also loathe messes so I’d spend way more time cleaning up and organizing my supplies than working on my scrapbook!

But, there is a new scrapbooking fad that is a little more up my ally…digital scrapbooks!  No fancy-schmancy paper, no glue or “embellishments”, no cutting pictures required.  Apparently, it’s all the rage.  My sister-in-law made a digital scrapbook for my daughter’s first birthday incorporating all the photos and memories from her birthday party.  I must admit, it turned out really cute and is a neat keepsake.  The digital scrapbooks feature a hard cover and are available in a variety of sizes.  Basically, it’s like making a slick coffee-table book with your own photos and text.  You can select from prepredesigned pages where you simply drag and drop in your photos, or if you have a creative mind and want more flexibility, you can create pages from scratch.

My sister-in-law Tara frequently hosts scrapbooking workshops for customers in her home…kind of like a scrapbooking party.  So often, in fact, that her living room is actually permanently set up with three Lifetime 6’ folding tables for scrapbooking work areas.  She also has a Lifetime 4’ adjustable height fold-in-half table set up to display her albums, paper kits, and supplies that are for sale. The folding tables can easily be rearranged in different layouts so everyone has room to spread out supplies and share tools depending on how many attend.  However, the night I was visiting, Tara was hosting a digital scrapbooking workshop.  Her customers simply brought their laptops and Tara helped them learn to use the special scrapbooking software and develop creative page layouts.  Now, that’s my kind of scrapbooking party!  Why lug around a bunch of markers, paper, pictures, glue etc. when you can just carry a laptop instead?

The holidays are quickly approaching and I must say, a digital scrapbook would make a wonderful “handmade” gift for grandparents or other loved ones.  Relive that family vacation, capture that senior year of school, or simply remember special family bonds.  One of my favorite ideas - gather favorite family recipes in a digital scrapbook! What a fun concept to include pictures of the cook beside each recipe for a unique family treasure!   But, if you’re still a little leery of the digital concept and prefer the good ole’ fashioned cut-and-paste technique, check out Scrapbooking with Angie Tips and Solutions at www.lifetime.com on how to create an ideal scrapbooking workspace, design eye-catching layouts, and more.

Tara’s digital scrapbook workshop was a success and on Saturday morning she attended a local vendor fair to help further build her digital scrapbook business. And, guess what?  Yep, she loaded up her Lifetime tables and hauled them to the vendor fair to display her products!