Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Emerging Technologies: Smilebox

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook: Fall 2009 [KJT]
Create your own scrapbook - Powered by Smilebox
Create your own digital scrapbooking design

For my second emerging technology, I chose to work with Smilebox. Smilebox is an online design site that allows its users to create digital scrapbooks, invitations, slideshows, calendars and more. This site is very useful for many reasons. I love to scrapbook, however it is very time consuming. This allows the user to pick a pre-created design and add personal photos. Their is also options of choosing background colors that match the theme as well as how many pictures to add to each page, the amount of decoration on each page and text as well.
The site was very easy to use and was free to sign up. It is very user friendly on account that it narrows down the many options by making your own personalized choices. First you choose if you want to make a design for a holiday, family, baby, etc. After narrowing down the first choice you can decide if you want to design a postcard, invite, scrapbook, etc. It narrows down each choice until you find exactly what you want to design. Then downloading and what to put where is all that is left. After it is complete, it is possible to post scrapbooks and other designs on various websites such as blogger and facebook. It also allows you to buy the product for $3.99 with access to printing it. I feel like this site is very useful because it allows you to share an entire scrapbook over the internet with people who may not be able to see personal, hard copies of scrapbooks at your home. Being able to email and post your creations makes it possible for everyone to enjoy the adventures you get to capture and further design.
I would suggest just playing around with the site. There are a lot of designs to choose from so finding the right one for me was the most difficult part. Although the pages and words are already set, be sure to notice that on the right side of the design, you can choose a different layout of photos for the page, amount of design, and different text.
Working with Smilebox was A LOT of fun. I absolutely LOVE scrap booking but it is very time consuming. I would definitely suggest this site for anyone who loves to be creative but doesn't have a lot of time. I am sure I will use this website again!

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