There always seems to be a battle going on between the people who embrace new technology and the people who reject it. The debate between physical and digital scrapbooks seems to be an extension of that ongoing battle, and it’s only going to get worse. Some fans of scrapbooking don’t even consider digital scrapbooks to be true scrapbooks. Other fans of scrapbooking consider physical scrapbooks to be ludicrously old-fashioned, believing that these scrapbooks have been replaced. It is easy to sort these individuals into technology lovers and traditionalists.
Ultimately, the question of whether digital scrapbooks are better than physical scrapbooks is going to be a matter of opinion. Some people are going to like the look and feel of the scrapbooks that are physical. Some people are going to like the elegance and convenience of the scrapbooks that are digital. Plenty of people are going to be like me and take the third option, which involves appreciating the both of them for what they are and what they have to give. I like to make digital scrapbooks and physical scrapbooks, which are both physical in their own way.
For one thing, digital scrapbooks are going to give you way more options when it comes to giving them character and flair. You don’t have to go to the hobby store and buy as many decorations as you can find in order to make your scrapbooks look neat. You can just download more graphics or get different images. Plenty of digital scrapbooks take on a life of their own, which is partly a consequence of the fact that the people who make them have so many choices.
Physical scrapbooks, of course, are still going to have advantages that cannot be replicated digitally, as much as I genuinely like digital scrapbooks. For one thing, it is easier to play around with new textures when you have a physical scrapbook. You can create a scrapbook that incorporates soft items, jagged items, and flat items. Also, party of designing physical scrapbooks is going to involve gluing everything together and turning the pages. You need to make sure the pages are adorned, but still flat enough to turn. You also need to make sure everything is aligned on the page correctly, which requires some understanding of spatial orientation.
People can also hold physical scrapbooks, giving them a tactile quality that is automatically going to be lacking in their digital counterparts. Some people may consider this a benefit rather than a drawback. However, the people that really enjoy holding scrapbooks may miss that feeling if they’re just going to be clicking through in order to look at their digital scrapbooks.
Still, at the end of the day, scrapbooks are all about remembering important events in your life and the lives of others in an artistic way. Digital scrapbooks will get the job done. Physical scrapbooks will get the job done. You can be artistic with both of them.
Some people might say that physical scrapbooks may age better, given all of the vintage scrapbooks that we still have today. These vintage scrapbooks are important historical documents now. I would maintain that digital scrapbooks will also be important historical documents one day. It doesn’t look that way now, because all of technology seems so modern to people. Websites from the 1990s look laughably dated: they don’t seem poignantly historical yet.
However, I think this is just a temporary trend, and it is largely a product of the fact that we’re still so close to the early days of the Internet. People may one day get a sentimental glow when looking at old-fashioned websites from the 1990s. They may get that exact same sentimental glow as they look at the lovely digital scrapbooks that people create, especially since these scrapbooks will be full of things that are inherently nostalgic and sentimental.