While some people are firm believers in the superiority of either traditional or digital scrapbooking over the other, I do both. I produce some traditional scrapbooks with real buttons, newspaper clippings and other materials for sharing with and handing on to other family members. I also produce some scrapbooks in digital form so that I can send them to other family members and friends over the Internet. This lets me share information and images much more widely than would be possible if I only had the printed and bound scrapbooks. The people I send the digital scrapbooks to can keep them and read them as many times as they want to. I don’t risk losing any original documents or the scrapbooks when I share digital copies. I also use my computer to organize the materials, notes, resources and sources of information and supplies for my Scrapbooking. This saves me hours of time and reduces the chance that I will buy some supplies but forget that I have them. Re-using clippings, pictures and other items which have been glued into paper scrapbooks is difficult and, of course, ruins the project I take them from. Digital images of those items can be copied and use for as many projects as you want. When you use real pages to assemble a project, you have to be careful not to damage any of the supplies – they can all only be used once. Most computerbased supplies can be used over and again. Real pictures, clippings, tickets etc cannot always be fitted into a page together because of their original size. When you prepare a digital version you can usually adjust the size of each item so they will fit. When you use a memento in a paper scrapbook, you cannot use it for anything else and you may forget where it is after a while.
If you put an image of it in a digital scrapbook, you can store the original item away safely or give it to another family member who has a special reason for wanting to have it. Despite the reasons for making scrapbooks on your computer, you will find that making traditional scrapbooks has unique appeal. You can read them with other family members and discuss their contents and the people or events which they are about more comfortably with other people than you would if you had to both read the same computer screen. There is something wonderful about handling and reading a lovingly prepared traditional scrapbook with original mementos that you don’t get from any kind of computer simulation.