These virtual communities are a valuable asset for DIYers. The crafting networks and “virtual friends” developed by digital scrapbookers serve several purposes. When you become obsessed with a craft, there’s nothing as exciting as finding like-minded people who share your passion and with whom you can discuss the craft. Where else are you going to find people who will giggle in excitement over the new textured “paper” for sale or a new trick you discovered in Photoshop? These groups are great for new digital scrapbookers as well as experienced ones, and a life-saver for digital scrapbookers in very rural areas.
There are many digital scrapbooking websites and forums where you and other scrappers can learn and discuss new techniques, find answers to questions that stump you at home, and become inspired by more experienced scrapbookers’ designs. You can share pages, compare frustrations, ask questions and participate in “chats.” Digital scrapbooking can be a very solitary activity, but with an internet connection, you can still be a part of a crafting community without ever having to leave your house.
Another great source of crafting information is the ever-expanding crop of blogs – online diaries where the host posts frequent (sometimes daily) musings, essays, or simple observations. Reading a digital scrapbooker’s blog entries about her current projects, challenges, and pictures of her completed projects can be a truly intimate experience. Blogs are frequently interactive, in that visitors can leave comments and participate with the blogger.