Sunday, April 28, 2013
Going Digital and Loving it. Kind of.
By: Annie Chamovitz
By Annie Chamovitz
Embracing change is never easy—or at least not for me. As a reader, I looked askance at e-reading devices, for example. Now I have two—one was a gift. Though I have a house full of books—and yes, a garage full, too—I’m finding that I actually prefer reading on my Nook. I have an iPad, but it’s heavier and harder on my eyes. I don’t know why the Nook also seems to help me along as far as how quickly I read.
As a writer, these changes were disturbing to me. At first. But now I see a world of new opportunity and new ways to reach my readers. We live in an amazing time.
As a scrapbooker, I’ve also looked askance at digital scrapbooking. Sheila, the person in town who sells all of my scrapbooking supplies, and who has us all to her house every Saturday to crop, is really falling in love with it. I’m still not sold completely—meaning I don’t see a time when I will ever stop scrapbooking with paper and books. (It’s the same with books actually. I will always have them in my life.) But I have to tell you, I’ve been bitten. It’s so much fun for me that I have to be careful. I can spend HOURS perusing places on-line shops. Some offer digital scrapbooking kits for a fee, of course. But they also offer freebies. And until I get the hang of thing a little better, I don’t want to buy a lot of stuff.
And now I’ve bought a real digital scrapbooking program called My Memories, which is a very easy to use program. And look out world, here I come. Sheila uses Photoshop, which is just a little too complicated for a beginner like me.
Unfortunately, some scrapbooking stores have found themselves closing—like bookstores have. And that is troubling. But we will always need scrapbook stores and all of the physical scrapbook materials—just like with books.Have any of you tried digital scrapbooking? Do you read traditional books? E-books? Both?
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