A scrapbook. By scrapbook, I mean a huge loosely bound book with heavy paper. The pages are crammed with photos, newspaper clippings, clips of hair, wedding announcements, recipes, notes, quotes, and a letter or two. As a card carrying member of the digital generation, my desire for a scrapbook grows as the family grows, but my desire to collect and stuff everything into a giant overgrown book that lives mostly on a bookshelf is nil.
Digital Scrapbooking For Mac Folk
The digital age means we can collect more, save more, share more. Here’s how to do it the Mac way.
iPhoto. iPhoto? Well, kinda sorta. iPhoto has been around longer than our three girls, so every photo we have of them is collected and categorized and albumized (I made up that word, but feel free to use it).
How about iScrapbook? Unfortunately, it’s not an Apple product or a member of iLife, but maybe something like it should be. iScrapbook in iCloud? That has a nice ring to it.
Simply put, iScrapbook is a digital scrapbook. It looks mostly like the old fashioned made-of-atoms analog scrapbooks of yesteryear. Except, you get to build it yourself. It’s completely customizable with design tools, drawing shapes, artwork, almost infinitely expandable, and highly shareable.
What’s built into iScrapbook is a stunning list of scrapbook building capability. A few dozen templates get you started with backgrounds, paper styles, placeholders, themes of art, smartly styled shapes, and text tools with colorful fonts.
The Basic Collection has over 1,200 letters, papers, stamps, frames, art, and embellishments. Add to that dozens of special effects from Sepia to Gaussian blur, from Sparkle to Motion.
Objects on a page can be locked so they can’t be modified (or deleted accidentally). Use the built-in page templates and modify them to create your own customized albums. Zoom into any element on a scrapbook page. Drag and drop photos from iPhoto. Crop and mask until the cows come home.
Photos can be enhanced and cropped and effects can be dropped in with a click. Use your Mac’s wide screen and click to view two-page spreads. Any design can be printed using standard page sizes or typical scrapbook page sizes.
This is not your grand mother’s scrapbook. Even the basic templates will outshine those blank, drab, lifeless pages in typical scrapbooks. And all pages can be printed and exported in high resolution images or PDFs to share.
For all of the scrapbook beauty you can create with a few clicks, iScrapbook is more the ultimate in traditional scrapbook design than it is in handling what should be a modern digital scrapbook– creating your own scrapbook to hold photos, movie clips, audio clips, and scanned items. We live in an increasingly digital age of multi-media, and digital scrapbook tool needs to reflect that. iScrapbook is very good as a design tool for photos, but that’s all.