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Makes Scrapbooking Easier for Seniors and the Disabled
Cheryl Stephens, of Camarillo California, credits
PrincessCrafts.com with making scrapbooking possible again.
As she puts it: "I am disable and this site is the only way
that I can scrapbook." Mary Wittlock from Cullman, Alabama
says "Please don't ever stop your website, we handicappers
love you doing the work for us."
Colorado Springs, CO
(PRWEB) November 5, 2004 -- When PrincessCrafts developed
their easy system of scrapbooking, they had no idea how much
it would mean to those with physical disabilities or
inexperience with computers. Wes Waddell, Co-Owner says
"Kathy and I were just trying to create an easy system for
people who don't have a lot of time or who need a little
help with creativity. We knew it was saving people money;
finding out that it was making scrapbooking more available
to such a caring group of people was the icing on the cake.
You can imagine how good it makes us feel."
Wes says that it was just less than 1 year ago when one of
our clients, Darlene White gave us the first insight to how
we are helping. Darlene, who has problems with both arms and
her back wrote, "My husband and I are handicapped, so it
makes things a little less frustrating to be able to
download and print what I need." As we quickly found out,
this was only the beginning.
As PrincessCrafts continued to refine our system of computer
scrapbooking, we began hearing more stories of personal
accomplishment from our members. Cheryl Stephens, one of
those members, made it very clear that what
PrincessCrafts.com really does best is to give people
confidence and pride. PrincessCrafts makes it possible for
anyone who can turn on a computer to create beautiful
scrapbook pages. Cheryl wrote, "I am wheelchair bound. I
have limited use of my left arm and left leg. Before my
injury, I loved working with my Family Tree. After my
injury, I was told about scrap booking. But It was taking me
a very long time to make a page and my, when I would cut out
stuff, well lets just say it looked like poop LoL." All that
changed once she found our site.
Now, when we write to thank her for all her kind words,
Cheryl says "You do not have to thank me for stating the
truth! It is me that needs to Thank You! All the hard work
you do allows me to enjoy scrapbooking."
Mary Wittlock agrees with her. Mary, who is also
handicapped, just joined our membership after seeing
Cheryl's testimonial on the site. She asked to be placed in
contact with Cheryl and the two have been talking ever
since. Wes says that Mary has been invaluable in making sure
that the new Computer Scrapbooking 101 Mini-Course is as
detailed and easy to understand as possible. Mary says, "I
am so happy I joined your course as it sure got me going on
scrapbooking with a vengeance. You are two wonderful people
and definitely are committed to your consumers. Your help to
the computer illiterate community is outstanding."
So, what does PrincessCrafts.com do that warrants such rave
reviews? Wes says, "that's easy to answer." We relate to our
members. We were just where they are not so very long ago.
So, we do everything we can to make it easy for those with
little or no computer experience to learn how to begin
digital scrapbooking. We make limited mobility a non-issue.
If you can turn on the computer and tap on the keyboard, our
system will have you creating great looking scrapbooks in no
time. Even those of you that are somewhat creatively
challenged will find yourself getting "oos and ahs" from
friends and family as they view your new scrapbooks.
Computer generated scrapbooking has exploded in the past two
years. Many scrapbookers have already decided to take
advantage of the benefits that using their computer to
digitally preserve their memories has to offer. The truth
is, computer scrapbooking is less expensive, faster, offers
a lot of features that aren’t possible and even more that
are difficult to attain with traditional scrapbooking. and
those numbers probably double for senior citizens and people
Let's look at just a few of the benefits that scrapbooking
in digital form brings.
Storage: How many of you have, or know someone whose
traditional scrapbook supplies have taken over the house?
We've all had the dinning table so full of papers and tools
that dinner as a family just wasn't possible. Computer
scrapbookers have a fraction of that problem.
If you have a computer set up in your home, like the vast
majority of us do, then you’ve already got most of the
workspace you’ll need. There’s no need to find a large space
for paper, tools, and embellishments. Most of your tools and
supplies are stored in your computer. Your papers are now
just white in different weights and sizes, since you print
the whole page, background and all now. My large supply of
papers all fit into a single large file drawer. And, if you
choose to store your finished layouts on CD-ROM or on your
hard drive, then you don’t even have to worry about storing
For those of you that have trouble getting around, imagine
never having to go to the scrapbook store with its narrow
isles again. All your paper and ink can be delivered right
to your door. All your templates can be downloaded online.
The Undo Button: The “undo” button is a big problem solver.
Nearly all graphic software programs will give you the
amazing and life saving “undo” and “delete” options. This is
your license to change your mind about the page design as
much as you want. No more ruining photos or wasting products
to see what it looks like. It costs you nothing on the
computer until you hit the print button.
Even after hitting the print button, it's less than $1.50 a
page on today's high quality printers. When was the last
time a traditional hand scrapped page cost you less that a
buck and a half to create? And that's if you use photo or
other expensive paper.
Journaling: One of the biggest challenges for most
traditional scrapbookers is creating quality titles and
journaling and then placing them appropriately on your page.
Let's face it, even traditional scrapbookers are moving
towards computer generated journaling and titles. The
computer allows you to create high quality fancy titles very
easily and in a fraction of the time it would take to use
traditional calligraphy techniques.
For seniors and the handicapped, this means that trembling
or unsteady hands no longer slow you down or place a limit
on your journaling options. Today you can even have your own
handwriting made into a custom computer font. Generations
after you're gone, your family can still be scrapbooking in
your handwriting. You certainly can't do that in traditional
Replicate your scrapbooks: This is by far one of my favorite
things about digital scrapbooking. How would you like to
make a new scrapbook for your grandparents, your mom and
your sister without having to create 3 different books? When
you use computer scrapbooking for that heritage album you're
making, just print each page three times and you have three
books with no extra effort on your part. With just the click
of your mouse, you can reproduce as many copies of your
scrapbooks as you’d like.
Let's wrap it up so you can get started with your first
Computer Scrapbooking holds many advantages over traditional
ways of creating a scrapbook. We've only covered a few of
the more obvious. For many seniors and handicapped
individuals, this is the only way that scrapbooking is
possible and fun.
For those of you reading this that are hard-core traditional
scrappers who don't think that digital scrapbooking is true
scrapbooking... I need to point out that you are in 99.99%
of the cases, already computer scrapbooking. Don't think so?
If you have ever used preprinted papers, stickers, punch
outs or even added current news clippings to your pages. You
are using computer-generated materials. You may not have
created them, but I assure you, someone with a computer did!
"Computer Scrapbooking" is not all or nothing. For those of
you who love the primitive acts of cutting, gluing,
coloring, tearing and pounding (accessories, not your
spouse), combine the advantages of both computer
scrapbooking and traditional methods.
Take advantage of the titles and journaling capabilities and
add them to your traditional pages. Save some money and
print your own papers and backgrounds, maybe a clipart or
two. It's all up to you. The bottom line is, don't knock it
until you've tried it.
PrincessCrafts does all we can to make scrapbooking
affordable. For those of you on a limited budget, as many of
us are, you won't find a more inexpensive way to create your
scrapbook family treasures than through our membership. With
a PrincessCrafts.com Membership, you get it all, as often as
you like, as much as you need.
PrincessCrafts.com even helps with the learning curve. You
don't have to learn the software and teach yourself the
skills you need to maneuver comfortably through the
software. Sign up for our free Computer Scrapbooking 101
Mini-Course and we'll teach you the basics and help you to
gain an understanding of the terminology, the tools, and
software abilities. We'll even provide you a link to free
software to use. No limits!
For additional information, samples or to sign up for our
FREE Computer Scrapbooking 101 Mini-course, fly over to:
PrincessCrafts.com is the leader in bringing Membership to
the digital scrapbook community. Tailored to the beginner
and intermediate computer scrapbooker, PrincessCrafts.com is
the only site to offer everything needed to get started,
including a link to a FREE software suite for only the cost
of your time.
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