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Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Some of our best scrapbooking product reviews
We have reviewed so many scrapbooking products over the years that we thought we would share with you some of our most popular, compiled just for you. Whether you are a digital, paper or hybrid scrapbooker, we have articles for everyone with some great projects to inspire you.

Also be sure to tune into our Facebook Page all day to see how our reporters and readers are celebrating National Scrapbooking Day!


Comparison of Die Cutting Machines

Shimmerz, Blingz and Spritz

Posi-Bendr Bow-Easy

ProvoCraft Cricut Expression Machine

Marks Paper Company

Organization Products

HP Photosmart All in One Printer

K and Company’s Que Sera Sera Specialty and Designer Paper Pads

Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Kitschy Digital Designs

Spellbinder Nestabilities

ACdSee Software for Organizing Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

Book Review: Photojojo! by Amit Gupta with Kelly Jensen

Creating Keepsakes Easier-than-Ever Scrapbooking 2

Quickutz Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter

Purple Cows 13″ Hot Laminator Kit

Vendor Spotlight: EK Success Brands – Martha Stewart Halloween

EK Success Slim Profile Border and Shape Punches

Sultane French Paper Company

We R Memory Keepers’ Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Craft Tool

Digital Scrapbook Artist 2, Digital Scrapbooking Software

Crop-A-Dile by We R Memory Keepers

Scotch ATG Gun

Scor-Bug by Scor-Pal

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Block

Elmer’s Glue Sticky Dot Stamper

Fiskars Combo Border and Corner Punch

Provocraft Cricut Deep Cut Blade and Housing

Chatterbox Easy Brad Maker Kit

The Crafters Workshop – Doodling Templates

Basic Grey Precision File Set

ZVA Creative Crystals

The Scrapbooker’s Creativity Kit

Do you have any plans to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day today? What are your favorite scrapbooking products?

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Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 & GIVEAWAY!

Reported by Deja Jetmir

Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 (DSA2) by Serif makes it easy to create scrapbooks, cards, and many other projects using just your computer. Instead of the mess and hassle of traditional scrapbooking, Serif has created a wonderful interface that takes the sometimes overwhelming options and makes them doable.

I received the DGA2 and Daisytrail Digikit Collection 4, and easily loaded them on my Windows 7 computer. DSA2 includes five full kits of content that includes fonts, embellishments, backgrounds, materials, brushes and layouts. Plus the actual program has tools like scissors with different edges to create texture in your project, pre-made stencils (and an option to create your own), paintbrush effects, and much more that would cost hundreds of dollars if you bought each of these items from a scrapbook store.

Being an extreme novice scrapbooker, I was excited to begin working with it. I decided to jump right in to the experience by adding a picture to a pre-made layout just to get a feel for the user friendly ability. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was to create pages of creative and cute memories.

I quickly made a finished page in less than five minutes with a pre-made layout and easy photo cropping tools. I was now confident, and ready to get more creative.

Free Halloween Layout from Daisytrail

I wanted to get a feel for all of the amazing tools DSA2 had to offer, so I pulled up Serif’s helpful YouTube tutorials and learned how to use the stencils, scissors, photo editing, and many of the other tools included. I also took advantage of the free kits Serif offers on its website. Unfortunately, downloading them is sort of a pain because you can only download one at a time, but once on my computer they automatically showed up on my software and worked seamlessly with the program.

The next page I created was using a Playground layout I downloaded for free on the Daisytrail website. Then I personalized it by making a few adjustments to test my new skills.

Original Playground Layout
Personalized Playground Layout

Now that I was really rolling, time to try some from scratch projects. Seeing as I have no experience creating my own scrapbooks, I thought my finished products weren’t half bad, and I’m sure I will only get better with time.

Made from the Indie Chick Kit included in DSA2
Made from the Haberdashery Kit from the Digikit Collection 4

I also wanted to try making a design I could use as a holiday card (another project I’ve never attempted before), and again, within minutes, I had created a beautiful product I can’t wait to give out this winter.

Made from Paper Town Kit from Digikit Collection 4

As a person who used to stare dumbfounded at the massive scrapbook departments at my local craft stores, I found DSA2 to be a user friendly, fun solution that is perfect for someone like me. I find this product easy to use, and love the finished products. I can see that traditional scrapbookers may be wary about the lack of 3D texture they normally achieve with layering their materials. However, I think they can get around this by using DSA2 for the base of their project and then build from there with traditional scrapbook supplies. For me, I love it just the way it is and like the fact it is not bulky, which means when I print out the finished product I can fit more pages in each scrapbook I create.

Serif has created a unique product that allows even the most inexperienced crafter a way to create a beautiful product. Yet, it is sophisticated enough that pro scrapbookers will love the vast array of tools and designs Serif includes to create truly unique masterpieces.

Pros:

  • Great for people who want an all-in-one solution
  • User friendly software and website
  • Tons of features
  • Helpful tutorials
  • Lots of free kits

Cons:

  • Downloading kits from website could be easier
  • Lack of the 3D texture of traditional scrapbooking
  • Not Mac compatible

DSA2 Cost: $49.99 (free compact version available for download)
Digikit Collection 4 Cost (includes 10 full kits): $39.99
Single Digikit Cost Range: $1.60 to $6.49

GIVEAWAY!
Daisy Trail is giving one lucky reader a free copy of the Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 Software. Leave a comment on this post telling us if you have tried DSA2? Or any other scrapbooking software? We’d love to hear what you think about them. One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Digital Scrapbook Artisit 2 article, please. Winner will be selected Wednesday, April 28th at 6pm CST.

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