Hybrid Scrapbooking Start-up Guide

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No problem! Below you'll find everything you need to get started with this easy guide to digital scrapbooking.



  • Photo editing or scrapbook layout software, such as Adobe® Photoshop® or Photoshop® Elements
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  • Acid-free scrapbook or album
  • Digital photos
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I. Organize

Before beginning a scrapbook layout, you must first organize your photos, negatives, memorabilia, keepsakes and digital files. If you have a digital camera, you can upload your photos onto your home computer. These photos should be stored in a well organized manner. The best way to do this is to create a logical folder structure.

  1. Start with a main folder for all of the photos.

  2. Within this folder create a series of subfolders for each year, and within each year folder create folders for events. For example: “My Photos: 2011: Holiday Photos.”

  3. Be sure to name your photos in a way that will be easy to identify and search.

  4. It is also good idea to store backup copies of the files on an external removable storage device like a portable hard drive.

Start by sorting your photos by event and subject. Purchasing an acid-free photo box would be a good idea. Once your photos are sorted, write up index cards indicating the event and date. Label any unidentified photos. Place the photos into the box chronologically and by event. The same should be done with family keepsakes that may be scanned in and scrapbooked at a later date. This will make the photos and keepsakes easy to find when you are ready to scan them or put them into a scrapbook.

II. Scan

Scanning photos is a great way to combine your digital and print photos in one layout. It also allows you to restore old photographs, edit and enhance pictures, and allows you to print and glue digital versions of photographs that you do not want to permanently glue into a scrapbook.

III. Layout

Now comes the fun part. Digital scrapbooking not only may save time and money, but it gives you many more options when creating layouts while still providing the same look and feel as traditional scrapbooking. Canon has many great online resources to get you started with your digital scrapbook layouts. Check out Canon Inc's CREATIVE PARKCanon Inc's CREATIVE PARK for free backgrounds, tags, and other elements, and be sure to visit the featured projects page for some fun scrapbooking ideas.

IV. Print

Once your layouts are finished, the best way to preserve these memories is to print them out and store them in an archival quality album. The free Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX software is a great way to organize and print your layouts.