The Ultimate Blog Party – and what is all this about Digital Scrapbooking?


This is my first carnival, and if you are new here and visiting for the first time because of the Ultimate Blog Party, Welcome to my world!

After my faith and my family, I love digital scrapbooking and photography.

As my giveaway gift is a gift certificate for the Weeds & Wildflowers digital scrapbooking store, I thought I would share a bit of my passion for digital scrapbooking, including some great links. PLEASE NOTE – this prize is open to ALL – so that included US and Canada as well as International Visitors.

If digital scrapbooking does not appeal, just scroll on down a bit, and learn of a St Patricks Day upcoming giveaway instead!


I have interspersed the info with some of my favourite layouts.


So what is Digital Scrapbooking?


The best answer I can give, is to look at my layouts above, and then check this link


my dad card (Small)

What got me started?

Trying to create a calendar for my parents as a Christmas gift.



What do I need?

A computer with a lot of memory

  • A photo-editing software package – I use Photoshop Elements 4 (now available as PSE Version 6) Now I use PSE Version 12!. I am self –taught using on-line tutorials, and help from forums (discussion boards) in Digi-Scrapping community
  • Some digital photos
  • Some ‘freebie’ digital scrapbooking kits – a great way to start
  • Ability to backup your kits and layouts – burn to disc, store online, external hard-drive
  •  Ideally also a printer/scanner
  • A Paypal account!
  • Photo Organising Software –  I use Picasa (free!)

pete dad card (Small)

What can I use Digital Scrapbooking for?

Create Layouts – “A picture captures the moment – a layout captures the memory” (!!!)

  • Edit and enhance your digital images/photos – covert to black and white, apply filters, resize, crop, remove unwanted parts of picture.
  • Create online albums or printed albums
  • Make cards and invites
  • Create calendars, brag books and mini-albums
  • To share your layouts with family, friends and if you wish, the digital scrapbooking community
  • To make ‘hybrid’ projects – decorating items using traditional and digital product

dad remember when 1 (Small)

Great Tutorials and good places to start

Jen Strange
Misty Cato
Deb F DigiScrap
Scrapbooking Ideas by Jess Gordon
Other Useful Tutorials

Jen Strange Photoshop tutorial links
DigiScrapping Tutorials


Best Freebies

Ikea Goddess – a daily list of the best freebies around, including previews
Shabby princess – in my opinion the BEST free kits – very high quality and packed full
Jen Strange – good info on the use of freebies, and some links to great freebie sites
Peppermint Creative – a generous kit every month
2 Peas in a Bucket – a more expensive store but good free stuff

dad card (Small)


If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will do my best to help.


To be win the $10 Gift Certificate for the Weeds & Wildflowers Store you need to go HERE, for more instructions but before you do, please take a look around my layouts and cards, and let me know which is you favourite in the comments section below, or any other thoughts on digi-scrapping or if you enjoy any crafts. I would also love to hear about you, so if you are a blogger I will endeavour to stop by your blog too.

Hope you come back for another visit. If you are a blogger and leave a comment, I will do my best to drop by your blog and say “Hi”.

Take care and hope to see you again on St Patricks Day, 17 March, if not before.

60 thoughts on “The Ultimate Blog Party – and what is all this about Digital Scrapbooking?”

  1. Carjazi - aka Diane

    Great info for those who are just getting started. You’ve got all the bases covered and with all your gorgeous layouts, are bound to intrigue. I couldn’t pick just one that was my fave. They are all impressive. I still have so much to learn. I hope that you enjoy your weekend.

  2. Good luck with your blog carnival, JanMary. I’d like to do that, but I can’t seem to figure it all out. I like how you’ve explained all about digital scrapbooking. Great job!

  3. I popped over from Pamela’s, but since I see you’re doing the UBP, I thought I’d say “hi” on this post, too :). ESPECIALLY since the 5 Minute site is down!!

    Your pages are WONDERFUL, and if I wasn’t already spread so THIN, I’d be all over this. Really…you’re almost motivating me to TRY!

  4. Mommy Cracked

    Beautiful layouts! I only WISH I were so creative. Keep up the good work…I love looking at them!

  5. Jess Gordon

    Wow, great post JanMary!! I love all of your pages!! Who could resist trying digi scrapping after seeing that :)?? Thanks so much for the plug – you are so sweet :)!!! P.S. I totally agree about Shabby Princess – the day I accidentally stumbled upon her site was the day my digi scrapping addiction began!

  6. A Juggling Mum

    Hi, Thanks for inviting me to your party! It was great to meet you 🙂

    All your layouts are beautiful 🙂

    Rachel xxx
    A Juggling Mum

  7. beckyjomama

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my site … I am LOVING your layouts!!! I will be back to visit for sure!!!!
    Have a great party!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my party. Your scrapbook pages are beautiful!!!

    Sidenote: My name isn’t really Archer, I have a real life friend who says she forgets my last name because of my”online” name and blog title!

  9. Choose a favourite? !!! Not possible!I have never thought of digi scrap booking before but it looks fantastic and I would love to have a go. Thank you for all the info and links…..this page will be book marked. I am a Christian mum in the UK and am partying too- so please stop by and say ‘hi’. Nice to meet you 🙂

  10. Super layouts! I’ve bookmarked you. I have to learn to do this digital scrapbooking ~ I’d love to win your giveaway ~ it will save me so much time and effort! I might actually get caught up on my scrap booking. Thanks for stopping by my party and inviting me to yours.

  11. Thanks for coming to visit me and for your kind compliment.
    I am honored that my first visitor is from Ireland. It is my long time dream to visit Ireland. I had considered trying to work that trip into our schedule for this year but I have managed to book up the year already.
    I love your blog site. Beautiful pictures. I will come by to visit later and see if I can learn something from your vast information.

  12. Your pages go beyond digital scrapbooking as known to the rest of the world. They are incredible. Thanks for sharing with all of us! You are a true artist.

    Have a good blog party week and come visit me!

  13. katef -

    Hi from another digi scrapper! Have really enjoyed looking at your LOs… I scrap and design for PBP so maybe I will see you around!

  14. Your layouts are breathtaking! And what a great post! I love all the advice and links. I am a Scrapbooker too (but not digital). I was wondering – do you print out your pages or just store them online and if you do print them are they 12 x 12 and where/how do you get that done? You make me want to switch to digital scrapping, but with my work I spend quite a bit of time on the computer as it is…..otherwise….

    Thanks again for the advice in the post and the amazing links.

  15. Yeah! I was just talking to a fellow American expat in Italy, Cherrye of My Bella Vita about digital scrapbooking yesterday…and woohoo for international prizes!!!!

    So happy you stopped by my place; I look forward to getting to know better 🙂

    Party on!

  16. Ha! I’m Cherrye (from Michelle’s comment just above). These look amazing! I bet they are very addictive, aren’t they??

    Happy International Women’s Day, btw…Rock on!

  17. IL Social Worker

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! That little girl on the “Your Party Dress” photo is just an angel. Happy blog party!

  18. Hello from the snow- and ice-bound Canadian prairies!! I’ve never been into scrapbooking, but digital scrapping definitely has me curious. I LOVE playing on my computer and learning new things. I’m actually taking some college courses in web design right now. You’ve got some great layouts and I’ll definitely be back to see more!!

    Great party!

  19. Thanks for stopping by! There is another girl doing some awesome digital scrapbooking as well. I admit I hadn’t even thought of doing this, but I’m going to follow your tips and give it a try. Yours looks beautiful!

  20. I love your layouts!!! I love digital scrapbooking too. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to put on your JM Digital Designs. My graphic desing business’s name is BP Digital Creations. I’d give you a link to my site, but it’s kinda needing a LOT of updating.

    Thanks for stopping by my party.

  21. This digital scrapbooking is going to hook me soon – I can just feel it. Those are some great examples and links.
    Have a great weekend!

  22. I’ve always wanted to try digital scrapbooking. I make regular scrapbooks and just haven’t branched out yet.

    I would love to have you come visit my UBP!

  23. I just started scrapbooking about 6 months ago, but maybe digital is more my thing. It looks really neat. Hmmmm something to think about. Thanks for stopping by over at my place.

  24. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! There were so many participating in the Ultimate Blog Party, I’d never be able to visit them all. And I’m so glad to find your blog! Once we get moved and settled, I want to start delving into digital scrapbooking so your blog will be a great resource! And I love, love, love your work — gorgeous pages!
    Thanks for inspiring those of us who are novices 🙂

  25. Aloha from Hawaii! Thanks for stopping my blog. I’m so glad you did so that I could find yours. Your scrapbooks are amazing!!! I will be back to give it a try myself. Thanks again.

  26. Wow! I just started digital scrapbooking and am SO glad I stopped at your party. So many great resources! Thanks.
    Have fun partyin’ it up!

  27. JanMary – what a first-class blog entry, just packed from one end to the other with WONDERFUL, helpful information, your inspiring layouts and beautiful photography. Whatever that ‘fing’ is you’re giving away its sure cute! Some of your layouts I don’t believe I saw before, though I’ve been fortunate to see many. You amaze me what you have done.

    I just d/l the Shabby’s newest kit and its awesome – was waiting for a new one!

    Another great place to get freebies is my friend Amy W. makes a list usually a few times a week, as well. You can find her blog here:

    Thank you for your email, I am lifting prayers up too, for the ppl we spoke about.

    You’re a wonderful freind and I’m proud to know you!

    Love, Barb

  28. I always love to see your layouts! The cousins one is awesome!

    I don’t think I told you that I did listen to your church service and it was beautiful! Of course, I love the accents too!

  29. Love your scrapbooking pictures – very nice! Thanks for donating a prize to the party! I’m participating with my blog too – hope you have a chance to stop by!

  30. Your layouts are QUITE lovely! I’ve seriously been looking about how to get started in digital scrapbooking and your links and recommendations couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve bookmarked you and have every intention of checking out some of your links. Thank you for sharing this information!

    Have fun at the party!

    Write From Karen

  31. As a new DS’er ( I am so new I haven’t even started yet*lol*) I absolutely love your blog! Your layouts are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    I will be back soon!

    Feel free to come over to my party and RS Designs party Have a wonderful party!

  32. Nice to see you Jan Mary! I love your digi layouts, however I like paper and using my hands too much to get into the digital stuff.

    I do live the one where it looks like the little boy is jumping out at you, that says “children are funny.” That’s very cute.

    Thanks for hosting the party – see you again soon!

  33. WOW, a educational party! That is awesome! I’d like to have more time to get into photography some more…I do a little with it but not much now.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier!

  34. Those are some beautiful page layouts. I’m thinking of getting into digital scrapbooking. I don’t think my printer would print a 12×12 paper though. What kind of printer do you have?

  35. Great post! Hope your enjoying the party! I’ve been meeting tons of new people! Hope to try to visit at least half of them before Friday! You never know when you may meet a forever friend. Pop by for a visit if you get a chance! Enjoy your day!

  36. Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry

    Your creations are just beautiful! I’d love to try my hand at digital scrapping some day, but for now I’m overbooked with homeschooling, blogging, knitting and needing to do some sewing.

    In the meantime I’ll just sigh over pages like yours. :>)

  37. I love all the layouts! I’ve been tempted to start digital scrapbooking (especially since I sold off all my paper scrapbook stuff). So far, I haven’t had the time to figure it out. But I will definitely be back to check out your links.

    Thanks for stopping by my party! You have some beautiful pictures. Makes me want to visit Ireland even more. My family has a lot of Scottish/Irish ancestry. And then I went and married a Donahue!

  38. I’ve given up trying to get to every blog. 🙂 YOUR TALENT IS AMAZING! I would love to learn how to do that stuff… sounds much more fun than scrapping with paper! Nice to run in to you at the party before the clock strikes 12!

    Better get back to my carriage before it turns in to a pumpkin!

    Visit my party post at:

    I’m giving away some Pysanka Easter Egg Sleeves that are fun to decorate your eggs with and very pretty (Russian and Ukranian designs).

  39. Fliss and Mike Adventures

    You have taken some really nice photos etc. Don’t be a stranger… take care

  40. JanMary –

    You have such a gift with blogging. You say the things I’d like to say – and in a concise, practical and interesting way that is easy to follow.

    I absolutely loved seeing your digi-scrap-layout-journey, its so neat to see how we evolve and grow. I think what is immediately apparent is that we fuss less and don’t try to get so much on our pages nowadays – they are simpler. We let the pictures speak more for themselves. Your pages are truly inspiring.

    I will definitely link to your blog post – its a pleasing to they eye and the mind.

    thanks for sharing!

    ~ Barb

    PS – another thing to ponder, how we’ve all connected in such a positive way in this digi-scrapping community

  41. thedomesticfringe

    These pages are fantastic! I so want to try this now.

    You really do a lovely job.


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