Digital Scrapbooking Ideas


I really love the idea of scrapbooking. Printing the photos, getting creative with the accessories and layout, and making this beautiful keepsake for my daughters to enjoy through the years.

But I really stink at scrapbooking. And journaling. And anything that requires blocks of time and attention these days.

My first (and likely only) handmade scrapbook

That doesn’t mean, though, that I don’t want to preserve the precious memories and pictures I have of my little ones. I’m just using technology to make that a little easier these days.

Blogging has been my default way of keeping up with their stats, birthdays, and other things I want to remember. As they’re getting older, though, I’ve found myself wanting to be a bit more cautious of what I post about them online.

I’m still not going to start scrapbooking, but there are a few tech tools I use to make sure I’m saving a few memories.


When they were born, my husband and I set up our daughters with Gmail accounts. Nerd alert? Perhaps, but now I email them once a month with a funny story, thought, or advice. Unless the Great Google crashes, they’ll have those memories already stored for them (as well as a respectable email address, if that is still a thing in 20 years).


Home Movies

While it’s a bit more time-consuming than emailing, I also make a video of them for their birthday every year. I choose a special song (with artists’ permissions, of course, since we post publicly) and edit away. Phone apps like iMovie make it so very easy to edit these days and create a nice little video keepsake.

My girls already love it and frequently ask to watch “their song.”


For photos, I use Shutterfly as backup storage, and sites like that also make it easy to print photo books, pictures I want to frame, gifts for the grandparents, or, if I ever decide to venture that way again, scrapbooks.

Technology has a lot to offer those of us who are challenged by scrapbooks. How do you preserve your family’s memories and milestones?

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Tiffany is an Alabama expat who has been married to Jason since 2005 and has called Fort Worth home since 2007. They welcomed Catherine in 2012 and Nina in 2013. Tiffany recently retired after 10 years of librarian life to focus full-time on doctoral work at the University of North Texas and part-time on health and fitness coaching. In her spare (ha!) time, she enjoys blogging at, tweeting (@mrsmcbookworm), podcasting (, watching sports (Roll Tide!), and walking with Fred, their Bichon Frise. You will rarely find her without a cup of coffee, and she is a big believer in the one-minute dance party.


  1. I started digital scrapbooking years ago and love it. I use a program called Photoshop Elements and looked up tutorials on YouTube because I am at a loss when it comes to things like that and not very techno intuitive. I love the fact that I can just grab my laptop whenever I have a bit of free time and get a page or two done quickly.

    I also keep up with printing pictures from my phone by using Groovebook.

    I love the idea of the email system, wish I had thought of that! Genius!!


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