Frugal Friday

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Even first time computer users can make top quality scrapbooks and photo albums. All it takes is a few creative tools.

Digital photography makes it easier then ever to have the people in your pictures looking their very best, especially if you have Corel's Paint Shop Pro 10 software, which performs well from less than a hundred dollars.

"This program is great because it's very easy to use for beginners. It's got palettes, which are informative toolbars. One of the palettes explains what each tool does and how to use it. One click and red eye is gone; the toothbrush tool-click once, and they're sparkling. With the blemish remover tool and the makeover toolkit, I can make somebody look like they just had "Botox."

Epson StoryTeller Photo Book Creator Kit $19.99 to $29.99

Time to print out your "perfect people"? Look at this StoryTeller Photo Book from Epson. It's a kit that contains software and everything else you need to publish your pictures in a "first class" book.

"Take the pictures that you want in your photo album and then "drag and drop" them into pre-designed layouts. It's really easy."

Each page is printed and then secured with a clever "stick on" tab, and the cover jacket completes the packet.

Xyron Design Runner $159.99
And look at this new printer that lets you add personalized touches to greeting cards and scrapbooks.

"This product is the Xyron Design Runner. It's a printer that slides across the paper instead of the paper sliding through the printer. What this allows the printer to do is print on a lot of things that you wouldn't normally be able to print on with a home photo printer. We were able to print a title onto this scrapbook and you can't put the scrapbook through a printer."

It comes with a selection of phrases and images that will personalize any gift.

The Corel Paint Shop software is very easy to install. It only took five minutes, and the instructions are very clear, so you won't have any trouble figuring out how to use it.

You can also go to an online site like Here you drag and drop your pictures into their layout and they send you the finished product in the mail.

Manufacturers’ Contacts:

Corel Paint Shop Pro X
617-539-9984 (Gail Scibelli)

Epson StoryTeller Photo Book Creator Kit
408-496-0900 (Azenith Smith)

Xyron Design Runner
480-607-6333 (Amy Romano)