Scrapblog is an application for sharing and printing photographs in a creative way. By uploading photos and arranging them in layouts, users can then print or share pages online. This is a fun application for scrapbookers to take their craft to the next level. With the prevalence of digital images, this bypasses the need for printing photos and manually creating scrapbooks. It also allows users to share their scrapbooks online with family and friends who may not be able to view hard copies due to geographic distance.
Scrapblog was created to push scrapbooking and online photo and video sharing to a new level with multimedia online scrapbooks. Scrapblog is a privately owned company that launched its website in April 2007, after two years of development. In March 2010, Scrapblog partnered with Disney’s D23 community to provide official Disney content for online scrabpblogs.
The site generates approximately 606,267 pageviews per month and has been featured in several online publications praising its content and tools. The application won the 2008 People’s Choice Award from Adobe MAX.
Unlike Flickr, Photobucket, or other media sharing outlets, ScrapBlog allows users to add creativity and style to photos, giving them a scrapbook feel. The ability to add video to pages is a great way to enhance the online content of scrapblogs.
The Quick Tour provides an overview of the basic features and encourages experimentation. It gives just enough information to get started with the application without being overwhelming.
The QuickMix option is a great way to get started on a new album. Simply choose a set that reflects your chosen theme. Users are then prompted to select photos from their computers, Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Smugmug, Myspace, or Webshots. Photos are easily uploaded to the user’s scrapblog.
Tools are intuitive and easy to use for photo editing. Elements can be added to pages with drag-and-drop and are easily resized and rotated. Text is simple to add and edit, with several available fonts with adjustable colors and size options.
Users may sign up with Facebook or create a new account. A username, password and active email address are necessary. Once completed, users simply sign in and launch the Scrapblog Builder to begin a new book.
Scrapblog is completely free to use, however some stickers and backgrounds require users to either purchase credits via credit card or by earning credits by signing up with a sponsor of the site. These sponsor offers are from companies such as Disney Movie Club, Pogo online games, Netflix, and audible.com. Users may also earn credits for taking surveys on Zoom Panel or Opinion Surveys.
Physical prints of scrapblog pages are also fee-based and may be ordered from inside the Scrapblog Builder application. Choices include hardcover books, softcover books, postcards, and greeting cards.
The QuickMix option contains sets of backgrounds and stickers for use in scrapblogs. These sets are completely free and easy to use. First time QuickMix users receive three free online stickers of their choice to be used as many times as they wish.
Scrapbookers who want to take their craft online so that they can share digital creations will appreciate the multitude of options and the crafty visuals available to them. Others with a lot of online content on photosharing sites who may want to display it in new, creative ways will welcome the opportunity to express themselves creatively by mixing and matching content in new ways.