Before blogging, scrapbooking used to be my biggest obsession. I loved being visually creative and compiling memories of  my family and our adventures together.

But somewhere along the line, I stopped having the time (or budget!) to be creative. And then I lost my passion for it.

Until digital scrapbooking came along.

At first I found the premise of digital scrapbooking to be a bit intimidating. I was worried about the difficulty in dealing with the technology. I was worried about the expense. I was worried about the time it would take.

No longer. Especially considering my recent discovery of Smilebox.

Smilebox lets you quickly (and easily) create slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooks , photo albums and tons more. I created this in less than two minutes just playing around with random pictures I had scattered on my laptop: (Push play and enjoy the music.)

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A slideshow design by Smilebox

Pretty impressive for a two minute project, isn’t it? Just THINK of the possibilities for your family….

A little about Smilebox:

PC and Mac users can easily create slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooks and photo albums right on their computer. There are over 1000 customizable templates to choose from and an iPhone app. Plus, sharing your creations with family and friends is incredibly simple as well – Facebook, email, blog, print at home or a store, and even burning to DVD.

I’m also planning on working on some Smilebox creations for an upcoming event that will include video along with photographs. Very versatile!

A couple of things to consider before you start:

With a free account, you are able to use any of the designs and share them, but they will contain embedded ads. A premium account is $39.99 a year (or $5.99/month) gives you the ability to burn to DVD, ad-free viewing, not to mention more than 2000 songs to include in your projects. (Love!)

I didn’t like the app quite as much as the regular computer interface. I can’t give you much of a review on it because, honestly,  my phone needs a serious upgrade. Most of my issues with the app, I suspect, are because of my failing phone… sigh. (Desperately holding out for the iPhone 5… )

So, if you are looking to try your hand at digital scrapbooking, I suggest you start with Smilebox. A word of warning though… it can be quite addictive!

Disclosure: I received access to a premium Smilebox account for review purposes and will be compensated for sharing my honest feedback with the company. The opinions contained in this post are my own.