DIY: Online scrapbooking

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DIY: Online scrapbooking

Art by: Megan Oosthuizen

Art by: Megan Oosthuizen

Art by: Megan Oosthuizen

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The snips of scissors and arrangements of memories have disappeared considerably with the rise of technology; however, the art of scrap-booking has not completely vanished thanks to some virtual scrap-booking websites and applications. Capture your memories forever with these programs:

Mixbook:

An online scrapbook can easily come to life with Mixbook as you use the website to create the book and then order a hard copy.  Although designs vary in price, this scrapbook has a more professional look and custom features available.

Pro

  • Variety of designs and styles
  • Professional  finish
  • Easy to navigate

Con

  • Costs $20 for a 20 page blank book
  • Space and printing options are limited
  • No free options

Smilebox:

With over 100 styles and designs, Smilebox provides an outlet for computer scrapbooking.  This online-only versatile program allows users to create cards and scrapbooks for a variety of holidays, events and occasions. After a quick download, the free application runs smoothly and accesses files to make adding pictures a simple task. You can easily share Smilebox via email, Facebook and Blogger.

Pro

  • Basic functions are free
  • Pictures are stored in an online library
  • Easy to navigate

Con

  • Advertisements
  • Only available online
  • Limited printing and viewing options

Shutterfly:

Similar to Mixbook, Shutterfly costs money and makes your virtual book into a hardcopy. Although this book is more expensive, it allows users to add more pictures and designs. With over 100 options to choose from, buyers can make their imagination into a keepsake book filled with recollections.

Pro

  • Easy to use
  • Variety of design options
  • Basic functions are typically free

Con

  • Space and printing options are limited
  • Shipping is not free
  • Costs $30 for a blank 20 page book
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