Online Scrapbooking Services – Which to Choose?

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Confused by Online Scrapbooking Services? In this article you’ll discover what online scrapbooking is, what these services can enable you to do, and which ones to consider. It’ll depend on whether you’re a newbie, or experienced scrapper, and what you want to achieve. For newcomers, this could be an easy introduction to the creative world of digital scrapbooking.

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Online scrapbooking websites are generally similar in that they allow you to upload your photos, select templates, add narrative and graphics to create your pages online, and then publish your album in print, on CD/DVD, or for viewing online.

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Digital scrapbooking template

Over the last 2-3 years, this has been the fastest growing area in the scrapbooking world. As you’ll see, online scrapbooking services enable you to organize, create, save, and share your photo albums, all online. You can think of it as a merge of simple online photosharing with digital scrapbooking functions, in some cases with the capability of adding audio and video.

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There are now many websites offering variations on these services. Here are some of the best known ones, with an indication of whether they are photo album oriented, or also support a higher level of creative art expected by online scrappers.

Online Photo Albums, with some scrapbooking Functionality:

MyPhotoAlbum.com – Allows you to archive photos & videos, access and personalize hundreds of designs, then create and share your photo albums online with your private group of family & friends, or open it to the world. You can also print your album as a book, or cards.

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Shutterfly.com – Allows you to create online photo albums and offers a digital scrapbook printing service so you can order scrapbooks, photobooks, mugs and more. For example, Shutterfly will allow you to create online scrapbook pages for sports teams.

SnapFish.com – Upload and share your photos as an online photo album. Snapfish offers high quality online digital photo printing, as well as photo sharing. You can find creative scrapbook ideas and choose from over 100 personalized photo gifts to make from your photos.

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Picasaweb.google.com – allows you to create online photo albums, share photos with friends and family…or explore public photos. Google claims…”a faster way to organize, edit, and share your photos”.

Flickr.com – Photo-sharing heritage… You can explore, upload and organize your online photo albums, create albums, share and stay in touch.

Online Digital Scrapbooking Sites

ScrapBlog.com – a mature online, flash-based multimedia scrapbook editor. It allows you to quickly combine various media – images, audio, and video – into scrapblogs. Easy to use drag & drop photo upload, and creation of scrapbook pages. Integration with numerous services such as Photobucket, Flickr, Myspace, Facebook for ease of publishing across social networks.

Smilebox.com Offers hundreds of online scrapbook templates that you can use with your photos and videos. Add journalling and audio, and then you can email it to friends & family, print it out and more. They also provide slideshows, ecards, photo albums etc.

CropMom.com – CropMom allows you to make scrapbook pages online based around your photos and then download them in various formats. Low resolution downloads are free and will have the site logo on them and are usable for emails and blogs. High resolution digital scrapbook printing will cost you, but is offered on various items.

FreeDigitalScrapbooking.com – online scrapbooking, provides you with great information and products to help you merge your passion for scrapbooking with the ease and convenience of digital scrapbooking online, by providing tons of downloadable digital freebies, information, and tutorials.

So who should use which type of service?

- experienced scrappers, looking for the highest artistic functionality from online digital scrapbooking should select from the Online Scrapbooking Sites list

- newcomers to scrapbooking, or folks just looking for a quick way to share simpler designs with friends and family should select from the Online Photo Albums list.

The way things are going, the differences in online scrapbooking services will narrow as time moves on.

Genie Balfour A paper crafter and scrapbooker for many years, Genie is well-versed in the ins and outs of paper and online scrapbooking. As the founder of the popular website ScrapbookingGems.com, she writes regularly on paper and computer scrapbooking topics.

Click through to discover more about online digital scrapbooking services [http://www.scrapbookinggems.com/category/digital_scrapbooking/], or check out Genie’s free scrapbook sketches and layouts series at http://www.scrapbookinggems.com/.

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