Friday, May 1, 2009
The thing is, I've never met a craft I didn't want to at least try. So scrapbooking? Yeah. I do that.
Paper scrapbooking doesn't appeal to me (I already have one hobby that takes up the entire dining room table and makes a huge mess, I don't need another one!), but digital scrapbooking, oh boy. Something I can do on my laptop while lying on the couch? Sign me up! And recently I discovered that printing actual, honest to god hardcover books of layouts isn't that expensive. A whole new world of ideas and inspiration has opened up to me.
Discovering the book printing option got me totally obsessed with creating this ABC book for my older daughter.
Each page features at least one relevant and appropriate picture. Figuring out some of the letters was a bit tricky (Y took forever - I had to wrap the girl up in a yellow blanket and take a picture and label it 'yellow'!).
The printing is really good - nice thick paper, good colours.
It was a lot of fun finding the various images and designing the pages! I spent many hours going through the Microsoft clipart collection.
I'm debating whether this is something people might pay me to design for them. I'd have to get a subscription to a clipart collection that is licensed for commercial use (the clipart I used in this book is personal use only). It's something I'm considering, anyway. I'd also have to figure out the easiest way to move a lot of photo files around. Might be more trouble than it's worth, but on the other hand, once I have a template designed it wouldn't take that much time to do an individual book. On the other hand, it's so easy to do this yourself - just time consuming - would anyone really want to pay to get it done?