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Pop quiz: What do you get when you combine a digital camera, your home computer and a technologically-impaired art lover?

If you answered "a big mess" you might be right ... but the response we're looking for here is "better scrapbooks."

It's true.

I remember back in elementary school when my mom attended her first scrapbook party. The hostess asked each person to bring a few family photos to experiment with. When she came home, she showed us her newly-created page(her first page EVER, if I remember correctly). She went into detail about how she was so nervous to cut up the photos, but happily surprised at the results.

I think we had our first home computer at that point, but I know we didn't have a scanner. And a digital camera ... what was that?

Technology makes it easier for even the beginning crafter to experiment with cherished photos, eliminating that ever-present fear that you'll slip and cut your grandmother's head out of the picture, destroying it forever. If you cut off Grandma's head now, at least you can go print out another copy.

Digital photos take some playing-around-with, though, which can make you not only pull out all of your hair, but can waste a LOT of paper.

I'd suggest printing out a copy on regular computer paper to make sure it's the size/brightness/contrast that you're looking for. It won't look exactly like it will on higher quality photo paper, though, so remember that. But it will give you a general idea of what your finished product will look like.

And don't have a digital camera? Or computer (although I don't know how you'd be reading this)? Many stores such as Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. offer in-store scanners for people in just your predicament.

The Internet is home to a huge variety of helpful hints. Here are a few sites I've found that could help you out:

Kodak: Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures
How to take Great Digital Portraits - Lifehacker blog
Digital Photography Tutorials - Photoxels

Anyone else out there with some helpful hints (*hint, hint, Advocate photograpers*) please join in.