How Hard Is Digital Scrapbooking?

How Hard Is Digital Scrapbooking?

Recently, one of my readers asked me how hard digital scrapbooking is. The short answer is ‘It depends’.

Sorry to be so colorfully vague, but there’s a couple of things to consider.

Your computer and your comfort level.

I’ll address the first two here.

Your Computer.

What kind of computer do you have? An old clunker or one of the latest and greatest?

I won’t get into the whole ‘Which is better, Mac or PC’ thing here.

What I will say as a former PC user (and ex tech support person), is that I have gone over to the dark side and converted completely to the Mac platform. This was years ago and I haven’t regreted it.

At first it was an adjustment. But ultimately, I’m extremely pleased with my choice.

I have *way* fewer tech support issues with my mac. That thing runs like a tank. I hardly ever have to reboot it. And for those few times when I do need a PC, I can still run one within my mac and have the best of both worlds. (side note…to do this well, you will need lots of RAM. If you can afford it, max your machine out. Trust me.)

So the ideal scenario for a machine that’s appropriate for digital scrapbooking is something that’s relatively new and has a good amount of RAM and a decent sized hard drive. These days, the prices are pretty darn cheap. Yes Apple products are more expensive, but they last a lot longer.

The reason for the higher than normal RAM is that digital files are large to manipulate. The more RAM you have, the faster the machine will run. Hard drives are also pretty cheap these days and you might consider getting yourself an external one.

Keep in mind that hard drives *will* fail eventually, so you need to have a good backup plan. Hmmm….I may need to do another post about that as it’s a rather involved topic.

So the computer checklist looks like this:

  • Newish computer (newer than 2 years old)
  • As much RAM as you can afford (max it out if you can)
  • Big hard drive. (500gb +)
  • If you use a laptop, I’d recommend a good sized LCD monitor (27″ or better). The more screen real estate you have the easier it will be.

Then There’s You.

How comfortable are you using it?

This is one of those areas that’s so highly subjective that it’s difficult for me to write about.

At least from the perspective of someone who is intimidated or uncomfortable with technology.

I’m not. (intimidated or uncomfortable)

Some of it is mindset. My mother for example, is convinced that she’s an idiot when it comes to the computer. She’s very resistant to learning about it and will not open her mind to the possibility that she could learn how to use it.

Fortunately for her, she has me to be her ‘tech support’. Unfortunately for me, she has me to be her ‘tech support’.

Sometimes I think it may be generational, but then I see a seventy-somthing in the coffee shop wailing away on their macbook, so that can’t be it.

So back to the mindset thing.

It is no shame to be a beginner at something.

Remember how complicated it was learning how to drive a car? Especially if you learned on a stick shift!

Now, you can practically drive in your sleep.

Like all new skills, patience and compassion are key.

It’s ok to go slow. It’s ok to be imperfect. It’s ok to make mistakes.

But by practicing your new skills, slowly, they will become part of you to the point where you don’t even need to think about them.

Heck, I’m slowly going through a 10 part series of videos to learn digital scrapbooking myself.

And I’m one of the most impatient and perfectionist driven people I know!

Yet, I’m making myself slow down.

I’m allowing myself to make mistakes and be imperfect. <shudder>

But I’m also learning. It’s fun to learn new skills. In fact, it’s one of the things that drives me. I LOVE learning new stuff!

 

Once I finish this course that I bought, I’ll write up a review for it for those of you who are interested in learning this. If you found this post about how hard digital scrapbooking is, please be sure to share it with your peeps.

 

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