Use Digital Scrap Booking To Give Them Something To Cry About

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The emerging digital scrap booking trend offers gift giving options that will bring friends and family to tears. Personal photographs can be transformed into unique pieces of art and when reproduced on canvas, as poster size prints or bound into a hard cover coffee table books can make a most touching gift.

Everyday consumers search high and low for the perfect gift for that special occasion only to come up empty handed. Expressions Photo Design owner Jill Caren suggests a customized photo collage with personal journaling as the ultimate in gift giving ideas. "Not only are you giving a gift that will show the recipient how well you know them and how much you care, but you are also providing a family keepsake that can be passed on to future generations." states Jill.

"Photo collage is just one of the many styles that is popular in the emerging trend of digital scrap booking." states Jill. "Digital scrap booking will continue to grow in popularity and will provide consumers with a gift option like no other." she adds. "There are so many choices when it comes to creating a layout such as colors, design, journaling, and what the final product will be printed on."

The Hobby Industry Association has stated that the scrap booking trend has grown to a $2.5 billion business in 2003; up from $500 million only 5 years ago, there are no specific figures on digital scrap booking since it so new to the industry.

Expressions Photo Design owner, Jill Caren, has spoken to hundreds of consumers at various craft shows and has found that people are running out of original and meaningful gift giving ideas. "What could be a better gift for a far-away grandmother than a hardcover coffee table book filled with photographs of the grandchildren and personalized journaling? Or a collage of photographs of a couple in their married years printed on stretched canvas for an anniversary gift!" states Jill. These are just some of the many creative ideas that Expressions Photo Design offers its customers.

"I love it, it's perfect! You’re so good at what you do! You must feel so proud of yourself when you create something as wonderful as you have created for me to give my Aunt and Uncle!! Thank You So Much!!" states customer Anne Ciappina on a collage that was created for a 50th anniversary gift.

For those interested in creating their own layouts and designs there are a variety of software packages that can be used including Jasc’s Paint ShopPro, Microsoft Digital Image Pro and Adobe Photoshop. Beginners to digital scrap booking who are not skilled in these programs can go to websites such as to read tutorials and attend on-line classes that will help them learn to create their own layouts. For inspiration and design ideas to create your own unique gifts you can visit

Expressions Photo Design was founded in 2003 to provide consumers an alternative to mundane gifts.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jill Caren, please contact Jill at 732.241.5365 or via email at


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