How to Use Scanned Photos to Create an Online Scrapbook

Posted by Julie Morris on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

scanned photosFrom books to magazines to music, everything we used to cram our shelves and drawers with can now conveniently be stored, bought, or created online. It’s no surprise one of the favorite past times of many DIY-ers now has a place in our digital world too: scrapbooking.

Whereas entire rooms used to be dedicated to scrapbooking, now digital scrapbooks can be created online without sacrificing any essential “old-school” scrapbooking elements; plus, online scrapbooking eliminates one more type of clutter.

Being able to obtain digitally scanned photos so easily and being able to store them online in reliable storage spaces can be fun and beneficial for digital scrapbookers.

Where I can create online scrapbooks using my digitally scanned photos?

If you’re ready to create digital scrapbooks, get your digitally scanned photos handya necessity for any scrapbooker and check out these top five online scrapbooking sites.

1. Mixbook 

For the past few years, has consistently ranked as one of the best online scrapbooking websites. For no more than $10, members gain access to a wealth of digital scrapbooking supplies. With Mixbook, making an online scrapbook can be done quickly, whether you are an experienced or novice scrapbooker.

It's easy to get started creating a digital scrapbook with Mixbook. Simply choose a theme, upload photos, choose from Mixbook's library of backgrounds and stickers, and start creating.

2. Smilebox offers free online scrapbooking products and some products for sale. They offer several budget-friendly plans, and although their basic plan is 100% free, their monthly subscription only costs $5.99.

The paid plans offers perks and access to great scrapbooking tools and components. Some of these perks include downloadable scrapbooks and access to Smilebox's database of approximately 2,000 songs to add music to online scrapbooking projects.

3. Heritage Makers

Heritage Makers is one of the most popular digital scrapbooking sites, offering two membership options – Basic and Premier. Their basic plan is free, and provides 2GBs of storage for photos.

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The premier plan, which costs $20 monthly or $100 annually, grants access to over 90,000 scrap art pieces and over 10,000 scrapbook templates. It also offers 5GB for unpublished photo storage and unlimited published photo storage. They also offer monthly specials, discounts, and a points reward system.

4. Two Peas in a Bucket

Two Peas in a Bucket sells digital scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking supplies. They offer individual templates, layouts, fonts and downloadable full kits.

If you plan on editing a lot of digitally scanned photos, the site offers great information on several photo editing software programs.

One of the reasons Two Peas is so popular is because of their active online community. The community offers regular discussions on the site's message board and a member gallery where members can view and share new digital projects.

The Two Peas in a Bucket site also has an extensive FAQ section, a support ticket system, tutorials, and, to keep things exciting, a fun challenge of the week.

5. CropMom

If you’re a beginner scrapbooker, is the place to go. The site, which is free to join, offers extremely user-friendly drag-and-drop online scrapbook software.

On, you can upload digitally scanned photos, edit them, and choose from an extensive collection of graphics to use in your digital scrapbooks. You can download your scrapbooks for free in order to share them online or in emails, providing a great way to share your digitally scanned photos in a fun way.

Ready to digitize photos?

If you'd like to start digital scrapbooking, you can get started by selecting a photo scanning service to digitize your photo prints, slides, film and negatives.


Photo Credit:, Heritage Makers

Topics: DIY Projects

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