Today I stumbled across this post about not missing film photography which got me to thinking…
I don’t miss paper scrapping. Simple Scrapper had a post the other day on how digital scrappers can do a little paper scrapping and thought… but why?
5 Things I Don’t Miss – since going digital:
- Buying stuff – I love, still love, looking at all the goodies in the scrapbook aisles at the craft store, but I remember agonizing over what I should spend my $25 budget on, and going home with a slim little bag of odds and ends for that sum. With digital scrapbooking supplies, $25 will get me more things than I can use in a month! And I can shop late at night, on holidays, when I have just a few minutes, without bundling kids into the car or getting dressed.
- Storing stuff – I used to have a whole room devoted to my scrapbook stuff. Special ribbon holders, special containers for this and that, rolling drawers, etc. And when I found something new, like my Sizzix machine, I had to re-do my storage to accommodate it! This got expensive and messy. My digital supplies all fit onto my 4×5 inch external hard drive that I picked up for $79.
- Hauling stuff – spending an hour or two deciding what to take to a day-long crop then finding out once I get there that I’m missing something I need was not fun! Neither was hauling in rolly things and tubs and totes and more rolly things, then hauling them all out at the end of the day. Now I pop my laptop, mouse, power cord and EHD into my totebag, grab snacks and drinks and off I go. When I get to the crop I’m scrapping within 10 minutes of arrival, and am ready to leave within minutes too!
- Cleaning stuff – no matter how careful I tried to be, I always ended up with little snips of paper and scraps of ribbon and photos all over the floor. Step on a stray staple, drag out the vacuum, try to remember where everything goes back to… cleaning up paper scrapping is a pain. And since my craft room was too full of stuff to include a worktable, I’d have to scrap at the kitchen table, which meant cleaning it carefully first to be sure nothing got on my supplies, then cleaning it all up so we could eat dinner. It got to a point that I only scrapped occasionally when I could be sure I had a few hours before I’d have to clean it all up! My digital stuff stays right where I put it. When I come back to my layout, everything is right where I put it – and if I don’t need to shut down the computer I just leave it up on the screen and can turn to it when I have a few minutes – on hold with the insurance company or when I’m avoiding real work!
- Stashing stuff – when I paper scrapped, I made layouts, showed them to my family, put them in an album and put them on a shelf. Sometimes I’d share them with a friend or two at a crop. But my digital layouts I can enjoy every day. I email them to all the grandparents, send friends layouts that have their kids in them, even print copies of the birthday party page for the guests and send them as thank you notes! I use layouts as wallpaper for my computer desktop, print them on calendars and greeting cards, and compile them into books to send to the grandparents. I’ve printed them for my kids to hang on the walls of their room, so that they can enjoy their memories every day, something I’d never dare do with a precious paper layout!
So go back to paper scrapping? Even a little? No WAY. I’m a digi-girl all the way now, baby!