Rock – paper – scissors

Or in the Project Life world: physical – digital – app.

Three formats, each with their pros and cons.  It’s a completely personal decision and no one format is the best.   Whether you’re a complete paper or digi scrapper, or find a hybrid in between, like anything else in this hobby, find what works best for you.

Personally I’m a physical product scrapbooker.  There’s a lot of different reasons I’ve stayed working with paper.  First, it’s what I know – digital wasn’t really a thing when I started scrapbooking.   There’s something about the actual act of flipping through tangible cards, paper, pictures, and embellishments that’s comforting to me.  Plus products seem to be released in the physical format first and I’m not the most patient person when I want something new!  I think it’s easier to capture handwriting when you’re working with physical product.

Of course, there are downsides.  Living outside the US, it can be difficult to get my hands on new releases, and especially frustrating when there’s exclusive kits released to US-only stores. When you have a certain card in a kit that you love, there’s not an unlimited number of them, and you often end up with a stack of ones you’re not crazy about.   And there’s storage to consider – how much space they take up and how to store the collection of cards you’re sure to amass.

Digital

The biggest appeal to me of digital scrapbooking are the fact that you can modify cards fairly easily.  It’s easy to mix and match between kits and even brands, and there’s hundreds of digital-only options out there.  If there’s a card you love, you can use it over and over without running out.  If your physical space is limited, all you need is a computer and you’re good to go.

I see some of the same challenges as with physical scrapbooking though – how do you organize all that you have digitally?  And although it’s easier to add space digitally, through external hard drives or storage in the cloud, space still can be an issue.  It can get expensive as well – between purchasing software such as Photoshop, then printing out pages either individually or in a photo book.  The number-one reason I decided to stay away from digital when I switched to pocket scrapbooking was that I’m on a computer at least 8 hours a day at work.  I want my hobby to be a break from the screen!

The Project Life App

An inexpensive app with kits that are reasonably priced, it’s the perfect way to scrapbook on-the-go.  I downloaded the app to see what it was all about, and I’ve used it to create a few collages but that’s it.

The biggest downside to the app is that currently, it’s available for Apple products only.  An Android version is in the works, but tough bounce if you have a Windows phone or don’t have a smartphone/tablet at all.  Using a small screen is a turn-off to me – even working on an iPad strains my eyes after a while.  There’s still the costs of printing pages as with digital scrapbooking.  There aren’t as many ways to manipulate pictures or cards easily through the app, or utilize non-Project Life brand products.

In the end, I think it’s fantastic that there’s a variety of options to get your pictures off your camera and get your memories recorded.