[inter] National Scrapbook Day – Blog Hop Freebie!

You know, I’ve decided something. Any hobby that celebrates its own craftiness is freakin’ awesome.

This weekend is [inter] National Scrapbook Day, and as part of the hoopla at Design House Digital, we’ve got an awesome collaboration kit from the Design House Digital designers, called Retrospect:

Did you know that you can grab it for free? FREE! And, to make it even easier, you don’t have to download eleventy billion little pieces, or mess with any of the file-sharing websites and their ridiculously slow timers. It’s right in the shop at DHD, and all you have to do is follow along on the blog hop to grab the coupon code, and then download at your convenience. Pretty darn awesome, huh? So, if you wandered in to my blog first, you need to stop (collaborate and listen!) right now and head back to the beginning.

I’d like to share a little bit today about layouts, and what to do AFTER they are finished. Just like with so many other aspects of digital scrapbooking, the possibilities are many, so we’ll touch on a few, and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Don’t print it. No one says you HAVE to print your layouts. (I have a friend who has never printed a single one, because she likes the way they look in her monitor!) Display them in a digital frame, post them to your blog, or carry them around on your iPad or cell phone. What a great way to show off some pictures of your loved ones, right? Cons: You definitely want to back them up, because if you lose your device (or it crashes) you are out of luck, since most of these will be displaying low-res versions.

Print it yourself. This one is pretty obvious, I know, but there is a benefit to printing at home, namely instant gratification. Unless you have a wide-format printer, though, your sizes are limited, and if you do have a wide-format printer, ink cartridges and paper aren’t super easy to find. (At least not for me!) There’s also probably a bit of waste involved, because usually your layouts need to be trimmed.

Have it printed, by page. Obviously, a nice feature of our digital age, and the fact that our layouts are already on the computer. You can upload, have it printed, and shipped right to your door – perfect for those hectic times when we get a bit behind. Or those lazy times, when you’re vegging in your pajamas all day. You do need to allow time for shipping, and not all companies do common scrapbook sizes like 8×8 and 12×12.

Have it printed, by the book. You can upload all of your pages and have them printed in a single, bound book. How cool is that? Again, delivery to home is a nice benefit. There are a few cons, though: Formatting them can be a beast, since you really do need to allow extra room along the spine. Also, you can’t have your books too full, or the stitching doesn’t hold. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

So, out of all these options, I’ve got to throw the one I like the most at you. Are you ready?

Have it developed. The one biggest con to the above three printing options is that they are printed, and not developed. That means fading, scratching, and water damage are all real possibilities. Plus, the visual difference between a layout where the ink is sitting on top and one where the image is actually developed into the paper are astoundingly different. Don’t believe me? Take a look.

The one on the left was done using a photographic print process (aka developed) by Persnickety Prints, and the one on the right was printed by me. (Excuse the winter layout… I’m out of ink and have to buy it online. A serious con.)

It’s hard to really demonstrate it on screen, but the difference is crazy. Here’s a closer look:

Don’t tell my husband, but it looks like the super-expensive wide-format photo printer I [used to] use just isn’t cutting it. The detail of the background paper is lost in the home print, but shows up nicely in the developed version. The whole thing is just richer and more vibrant, and my shadows look amazingly realistic!

I’m going to do a more extensive blog post soon showing you the differences (and discussing the speed, because HOLY COW! they were fast!), but trust me, the appearance alone was enough to change my mind… the rest of it is just icing on the persnickety cake!

Bottom line, though? We work so hard at preserving our photos, so let’s make sure we’ve preserved them all the way. Computers fail, external hard drives fail, our favorite sites (and their online galleries) have bugs or even go offline. Don’t take a chance with your memories.

And now, on to some fun stuff! I’m having a little contest here, and the winner will get a $50 gift certificate to my Design House Digital shop!

Comment here, and link a product from my shop that you like.

That’s it! Want more chances? Post a link to that same product on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter, let me know once you’ve done it (one comment for each), and you will be entered into a drawing.  You can enter daily, and every comment posted between now and 11:59 PM (MST) on Tuesday, May 8 will be eligible.

Don’t forget to grab your letter, because you’ll need that to get the amazing Retrospect kit free! Your letter is:

If you’re doing our Layout Challenge, my challenge is to rotate your title sideways.

Now, head over to Tiffany Bodily’s blog, where you can see what she’s thinking today: Tiffany’s Thoughts.

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105 thoughts on “[inter] National Scrapbook Day – Blog Hop Freebie!

  1. Claudia says:

    Gennifer, this was tough because I not only love all your kits, but I own mot of them; except for one: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/sweet-child-of-mine-baby-boy-full-collection?cPath=18_20. Having four boys, this is a must have too. However, Favorite Things is my favorite.

  2. michellehuegel says:

    I tweeted my fave product of yours 🙂

  3. KarenNZ says:

    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-2-collection This is juat gorgeous for my boys! Thanks for the chance.

  4. Kelly Tulk says:

    I breathed a sigh of relief when I got this kit- your shadows! Can’t scrap without them 🙂

    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/toolbox-shadows-v-1

  5. Kelly Tulk says:

    I shared my fav on facebook!

  6. kaitgnzlz says:

    Wow, your shop is full of delightful designs. So hard to choose. But I really like these:
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-2-collection

    Thank you for your advise about printing. I print my pages at Persnicketty and they have always turned out fabulously.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Jan in Alberta says:

    I have most of your stuff already Gen. The one thing I don’t have it https://d93ujac5r8bvb.cloudfront.net/bmz_cache/7/762bab8da7eef78f91b4bf4621b13129.image.150×160.jpg

  8. kaitgnzlz says:

    I posted my favorite on Facebook.

  9. tenika says:

    I absolutely love any of your journaling cards. They rock!

  10. I LOVE ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL OF YOUR CREATIONS, BUT HERE IS A DEFINITEL FAVE:

    Favorite Things Collection

    By Gennifer Bursett
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! 🙂

    THANKS SO MUCH!
    CANDICE

  11. ConnieC says:

    I tweeted about my favorite kit. I’m @crazyhare

  12. ConnieC says:

    I posted on Facebook about the kit.

  13. mimisgirl says:

    Ok, first let me just say it is stinkin hard to choose a favorite, because i love your stuff. So i went with one I actually own and have used for my kids.

    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20

    thanks!

  14. Rosalie says:

    I really like frames or simple details to add to the photos. http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/to-date

  15. Staci G. says:

    I am a big fan of the Toolbox Mists – http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/toolbox-mists-vol-1
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Lana says:

    I love the album cards and the favourite things. Here is the link to the album cards: http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/karla-dudley/album-cards?cPath=18_8

  17. RJ says:

    Hi There…

    Awesome Prize!…Not Sure This Link Thing Will Work!
    Thanks For The Chance!

  18. Nicole Gray says:

    I have to agree I think my favorite thing at the moment is your shadows. http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/toolbox-shadows-v-1

  19. Melanie Call says:

    I love your blue prints: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/blueprint-9
    and Country Fair and To Date

  20. Anja De Dobbelaere says:

    Hi Gennifer, I haven’t been on DHD so very long yet, so I haven’t seen all of your kits probably, but I love your style. And I love love love your Office Space kit http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/office-space-part-2.
    I also pinned it on my Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/163325923956720619/ !
    Greetings from Belgium

  21. stacey says:

    so many great kits it’s hard to choose, but I’ll go with naught Christmas for now! thanks so much for the chance!
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/naughty-christmas-collection

  22. I wish I could print at Persnickety, but they don’t ship aboard. Here so much good stuff about them. I usually make vacation albums and also I do not print all my layouts. Maybe someday I will make an album of all those layouts :o)
    You have so many great things in your shop, I like this one:
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20
    Love the colors, the numbered banner and the top 10. So cute!

  23. JenRichards says:

    While I use your shadow action RELIGIOUSLY, I do love your “No Tricks, Just Treats” alphas. They’re so fun! http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/no-tricks-just-treats-alphas

  24. cara says:

    Besides all of your amazing journal spots, I love this kit: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-2-collection. I’m going to look into your shadow action, too. I’m a huge fan of persnickety.

  25. DoggiNo says:

    It wasn’t an easy choice. I’m curious about your shadows and actions but my favorite is Favorite Things 2 : http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-2-collection
    I think it’s in the colors.

    Thanks for the chance.

  26. I love so many things from your shop, but this is my favorite:
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/naughty-christmas-collection
    It is so cute and funny!

  27. Deb C. says:

    This one stands out to me, I think because of the colors. But I also like the elements you included such as the 10-frame collage, tape, photo corners and flag stickers and rub-ons.
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-2-collection

  28. Dreamy Nest? Not! says:

    This was hard to pick!! But, I chose this one: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/ever-after-full-kit

  29. LizJ in Texas says:

    Gen, I love them all, so the first thing I thought of is the Favorite Things 2 collection: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-2-collection

    Thank you for your post on printing vs. developing! I don’t have a wide-format printer, so getting my LOs printed is the only option. Now I know that by using Persnickety, I’m actually getting them developed. They are so awesome!

  30. Christina G says:

    I love all of your “Favorite Things” collections, but I love the colors in this one: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20

  31. Arielle says:

    Uh – what kit of yours DON’T I love?!? It would have to be Favorite Things! http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20

    Love the callab, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

    (collaborate and listen!) – LOL – I get it~

  32. 3dotsforme says:

    Tweet, tweet from @3dotsforme

  33. MamaBug says:

    I simply cannot function without your Toolbox Shadows.
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/toolbox-shadows-v-1

    Awesome prize!

  34. Janka says:

    Thanks for the chance. I love your Ever After kit
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/ever-after-full-kit

    Thanks for the collab kit.

  35. mvhardjanto says:

    Thanks for the tips! I never realized the huge difference between having pages developed and printed! And thanks for the chance to win your kit : http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20

  36. Shay says:

    Your designs are *all* incredible, but here is one I want to buy next (and County Fair): http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/up-to-date-part-2
    Thanks for the chance to win and tip!

  37. Joy Cooper says:

    Love your whole shop but my favorite (and the one that suits my personality best) is Sarcastically Said!
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/sarcastically-said

  38. Bernadette says:

    Lots of yummy stuff in your shop, I really like Favorite Things:
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20
    Thanks for the chance!

  39. Lory78 says:

    It’s hard to choice just one. All are fabulous! My favorite is maybe http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/toolbox-mists-vol-6 but it’s maybe favorite thing 1 and 2, everything planner, 366 templates album, the other toolbox-mists…
    Thanks to the chance… Thank you for the fabulous INSD kit and the new challenge

  40. melt003 says:

    I didn’t purchase it when it was released, might just have to snag it this weekend!

    http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/office-space-part-2

  41. melt003 says:

    I tweeted.

  42. Teri says:

    I posted a link to your journal cards on FB

  43. katiesnestingspot says:

    I love Office Space but Country Fair is next on my “to buy” list 🙂 I have a couple of your kits and have been using them for Project Life, they’re very handy, thanks for doing such a good job designing them.

  44. Kimberlee at SD says:

    That is really good to know about printing. All of that is still greek to me. Here is my favorite item of yours: http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/366-days-extras-events?cPath=18_8 – and I really like your office space kit, but would probably buy the 366 calender first. ~Kimberlee, spunkydiva at live dot com

  45. I just love printing the photobooks…just saves me so much space in an ever expanding family… here’s the kit I love (especially the wood paper!)
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/office-space-part-2

  46. Lynn M says:

    Everything is so yummy how do you pick? But I think I’d use these many times …http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/photo-journalers—v1

  47. Stacy says:

    Thank you for all of the information. I would LOVE to win the GC. Thanks for the chance!
    I am not to the point of printing any digi-layouts yet, as I have only done a couple and am still learning. I always thought that once I get to that point, I would want real photo prints of the layouts. Then I could slide them in with my paper scrapped pages. 🙂

  48. Andrea says:

    I ADORE persnickety prints! There is NO comparison between laserjet/inkjet prints and photographic prints. Since realizing the difference I have become such a snob about my prints. LOL

    I am totally head over heels for your Ever After kit – http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/ever-after-full-kit

    :::swoons:::

  49. Mel says:

    I love your designs. It was hard to choose, but I picked Office Space 2, http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/office-space-part-2. Thank you for all the info about printing too!

  50. AJ says:

    I love everything you design… Seriously Talented!!! Your enitre Favorite Things collection is fabulous! (http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-digital-paper-1) I’m a newbie with the digital side of scrapping and appreciate you sharing your thoughts and tips. AJ@queenofmynest

  51. Tammy Davis says:

    It is really hard to chose one! how about “Sweet Child of Mine” Baby boy:
    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/sweet-child-of-mine-baby-boy-full-collection?cPath=18_20

  52. lawyerlyn says:

    I love your products, particularly your templates.

    http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/366-days-template-album

  53. scrumptious says:

    I like your style so much AND you make so many fun/practical things for favorite things & journaling & so on. But the one that grabs me the most visually is the saturated color, interesting shapes, and vintage touches of Office Space 2 : http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/office-space-part-2. Thanks for the enlightening breakdown of printing options… the Persnickety looks SO nice but then what do you do with them? Put them in a binder? I want a bound book, but I am so anxious about finding a good quality printer. I have just switched from paper to digital and it’s all so new!

    • Yes, I put mine in a regular scrapbook album. I’ve done bound books in the past, but as my kids look at them the pages wrinkle, they get smudged, and the binding has loosened. I plan on reprinting all of those layouts through Persnickety, so I can just add them to the same albums.

  54. Lime says:

    Hi! Oh, my, that $50.00 to your shop would almost get me caught up! ALMOST! LOL!
    I love the Office Space2. I think it’s the retro housewife. My doppleganger. LOL!
    Link: http://www.designhousedigital.com/digital-scrapbooking-kit/gennifer-bursett/office-space-part-2

    Thanks for the fun contest and blog hop…I need to go buy a yellow dress.

  55. libbywilko says:

    I don’t think I can choose just one I love a tonne of your things 🙂 ok I couldn’t choose Adore my favourite things http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/favorite-things-collection?cPath=18_20 and sweet child of mine collection http://www.designhousedigital.com/gennifer-bursett/sweet-child-of-mine-baby-mega-collection?cPath=18_20

    Thanks for the chance and the post Gen.

  56. mischalaneous says:

    THANKS again for the chance to win! I love your ACTION Toolbox – Action V.1- especially for summer photos. That’s just one of the many I love, actually. But right now, it’s the one I want to play with as soon as I can get it.

  57. mischalaneous says:

    Just shared on facebook!

  58. mischalaneous says:

    I also love your “Simply Said” & “Not So Simply Said” tags. I love paper-cut designs (like paper picado) & to have these digitally gives the look without all the work. THANKS again for the chance to win a GC!

  59. mischalaneous says:

    Shared your “Simply Said” & “Not So Simply Said” tags & this giveaway on facebook this mor ning here:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/mischalaney

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