With so many digital scrapbooking layout programs available, it can be hard to choose the software that's right for you. However, Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist is a great option for scrapbookers who want a program with an intuitive interface as well as a large selection of graphics and templates.
Easy Digital scrapbooking Layout Programs: About Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist
If you've been thinking about making the transition to digital scrapbooking, keep in mind that you no longer need to have outstanding computer skills to create beautiful pages that showcase your family's precious memories. With Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist, you can choose to either begin with a pre-designed layout template or create a one-of-a-kind page using graphics from one of many different content packs. (The program comes with 2 digikits and a DVD with 10 bonus kits, but you can download additional freebies from the DaisyTrail Web site or choose to purchase CDs with larger kit collections.)
Notable features of Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist include:
- The content pack manager makes it easy to quickly sort through all of your patterned papers and embellishments to see what designs best match your photos.
- You can mimic traditional scrapbooking techniques by using brushes to fake the look of handstitching, cutting tools to make decorative scissor borders, or punches to make your own creative embellishments.
- The text editor's built in spell check lets you avoid embarrassing errors in your journaling.
- Built-in photo editing tools let you crop your pictures and correct minor flaws without the hassle of opening a separate image editing file.
- An entire album can be created as one project file, so you can easily see how your book will look when it's finished.
Interview with Jo Prior
Jo Prior, Serif Scrapbook Marketing Coordinator, recently took some time from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about creating digital scrapbook pages with Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist.
How is Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist a good tool for the frugal scrapbooker?
Digital Scrapbook Artist is a good tool for the frugal scrapbooker because you can try out a myriad of designs, without spending money on or wasting physical craft supplies. Also, many free layouts and digital kits are available online and can be used with the program. The software includes one-click uploading to DaisyTrail, Serif's free online home of social scrapbooking, and pages can be shared via e-mail or other popular social networking sites quickly and easily.
What makes Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist easy to use compared to other popular digital scrapbooking programs?
Digital Scrapbook Artist has many drag-and-drop features and an intuitive interface to enable all scrapbookers, regardless of experience, to quickly begin creating pages. There's no steep learning curve, unlike with many other programs, yet the results are still excellent.
Can I use digital scrapbook freebies I've downloaded from other sites with this software?
Yes, Digital Scrapbook Artist is compatible with all standard digital scrapbooking objects, providing they are saved in an image file format. You can also scan real-life objects, such as ticket stubs, to create digital images for use on pages as well.
How do you decide what themes will be covered in the DaisyTrail kits?
We have asked many of our users and scrapbookers at DaisyTrail what they would like to see in a Digikit, and have tried to product them to reflect demand. The free photo album-style layouts available on the Free Stuff page are an example of this. Other kits are available for purchase from DaisyTrail's shop.
How often are new DaisyTrail digital kits released?
The Digikit Collections are released around every three to four months, and we also release a seasonal free kit about once a month to correspond with major holidays.
In what ways can I customize the DaisyTrail layout templates to fit the unique needs of my project?
Every object on the page can be customized using Digital Scrapbook Artist, including the background. Objects and embellishments can be added, deleted, resized, reshaped, re-colored and moved in a variety of ways. You can also resize the page itself into any dimension, including popular preset layout sizes 8x8 and 12x12.
How does the DaisyTrail website allow scrapbookers to connect with each other?
DaisyTrail members can post their creations to the Member Gallery, and comment on each others work or click on the "Love" link to highlight their praise of certain pages for all to see. They can participate in forum discussions or create groups with common interests, such as challenge groups. The Wall gives members an opportunity to browse through recently uploaded scrapbook pages and zoom in on ones of interest. The Blog gives Serif an opportunity to share the latest product and community news with members.
~A review copy of Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist was provided by the publisher for this article.