With the advent of scanners, desktop publishing, page layout programs, and advanced printing options, the hobby of scrapbooking has gone digital. Computers make it relatively easy to create professional-looking layouts in digital form, and the Internet allows "scrapbookers" to self-publish their work.
Because the images are all digital, there can be a greater diversity of materials, and you can manipulate page elements using editing software without making permanent adjustments. Some Web-based digital scrapbooks include a variety of wallpapers and skins to help users create a rich visual experience.
There is also less environmental impact, major cost savings, and the ability to share finished pages more readily on the Internet, via blogs, Web pages, and social networking sites.
Digital scrapbooking has advanced to the point where digital scrapbook layouts may be made entirely online using Web-based software. Users upload their photos, create a digital scrapbook layout using a Web page and digital scrapbook graphics. The layout can then be downloaded as a low-resolution JPG file for sharing on the Web or as a high-resolution JPG file for printing.