Marry digital scrapbooking techniques and traditional paper scrapbooking to create special effects and one-of-a-kind custom looks on your scrapbook pages.
Design by Jennifer Perks
A high-chair tray serves as the perfect backdrop for Jennifer's journaling in this digital photo. She added text to the photo and printed the text-enhanced image as an enlargement before adding it to her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: To add text, open a digital photo in image-editing software, save a copy (to preserve the original), then select the Text tool and draw a box where you want to place the text. Type and format the journaling or title, then print the image.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (striped), Making Memories (green), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue dots, cream circles). Font: Suzie's Century Gothic off the Internet. Jewels: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC.
Design by Kelly Noel
Kelly created paper-pieced elephants by printing this digital shape in two sizes on different papers, then layering the cut-out versions and adding brads for eyes before attaching them to her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Print the paper-piecing shapes on the back of the cardstock or patterned paper so you can use solid shapes as the patterns.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Font: Century Gothic. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories (green), SEI (blue). Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Felt accents: Making Memories. Brads: American Crafts (green), Bazzill Basics Paper (pink). Ribbon: American Crafts.
Design by Candi Gershon
To make the petal-shape photos in this layout, Candi used a preset shape in her photo-editing program to crop her digital photos, then printed and trimmed them before adding them to her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: To crop photos into special shapes, check to see if your image-editing program has a custom-shape cropping function. Or use a clipping mask to digitally "cover" a shape with a digital photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (blue), My Mind?s Eye (orange). Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (black), Autumn Leaves (graph). Font: Garamond (journaling), Caflisch Script Pro (quote) off the Internet. Die cuts: Daisy D's Paper Co. Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Mellette liked the look of these flowers found in a digital scrapbooking kit, so she printed them on photo paper and trimmed around them before attaching them to her paper scrapbook page with adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Digital elements: Corduroy Flowers (flowers) from Designer Digitals, Photo Edges & Frames (frames) from Two Peas in a Bucket. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (ledger, black, yellow), BasicGrey (pink, green), My Mind's Eye (blue). Stickers: 7Gypsies (quote, label), SEI (frame), Making Memories (velvet flourish). Rub-ons: BasicGrey (white flourish), Creative Imaginations (title). Ribbon: SEI. Paper flower: Heidi Grace Designs. Buttons, epoxy accents, brads: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica applied a star-shape mask to her digital photo collage, printed out the custom shape, then trimmed it and added the collage to her paper scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: To create a shaped mask to apply to a photo collage, arrange your digital photos in image-editing software, and then merge them so they're all on the same layer. Position the custom shape on the page, then clip it to the collage by selecting the collage layer and clicking Layer>Group with Previous.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Specialty paper: KI Memories (die-cut numbers), Paper Reflections (corrugated). Font: Orator off the Internet. Stickers: EK Success. Ink: Tsukineko.
Design by Lisa Russo
To give her paper scrapbook page a quick boost, Lisa printed a flourish-filled digital frame onto a transparency and added it atop her nearly finished design.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Digital element: Flourished Overlays kit from Designer Digitals. Patterned paper, chipboard flower: BasicGrey. Font: EideticNeoRegular off the Internet. Transparent clock: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Autumn Leaves. Metal tag: Magnetic Poetry. Brads: American Crafts.
Design by Ali McLaughlin
Ali arranged her photos, title, and journaling in one digital file and then printed it out on photo paper before layering it atop a patterned-paper page background.
Editor's Tip: Grouping photos and text on one file saves you from having to crop each photo by hand and ensures they'll fit the space you have on your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accent: American Crafts. Font: Century.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi adjusted the color of the digital letters, frame, and button from a digital scrapbooking kit so they matched her traditional supplies. Then she printed out the pieces and attached them to her layout.
Editor's Tip: To change the color of a digital element, open it in your image-editing software, select the Paint Bucket tool, choose the desired color, and click on the color you want to change.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Font: Olympia Standard by Lettering Delights. Digital elements: Art of Play kit by Heather Ann Designs. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, lace cardstock: KI Memories. Ribbon: Autumn Leaves.
Design by De Anna Heidman
De Anna distorted her title's text box before printing it on the photo, patterned-paper background, and white cardstock. After printing out the pieces, she aligned the title on the different layers for the final scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: If you don't want to print your page title three times, you can print it on a transparency and layer it over the elements.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: PeaSteph (cursive), Frazzled (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Digital elements: To Celebrate (paisley paper) by Katie Pertiet, Today Paper Pack (blue patterned paper) by Anna Aspnes. Stickers: Making Memories (small letters), Martha Stewart Crafts (circle design). Metal tab: Making Memories.
Design by Leah Fung
Leah pieced the trophy on her page using basic shapes that came from her image-editing software. She combined three shapes in a digital file, then printed them together on photo paper, cut out the design, and added it to her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: For a twist on this take, print the pieces of your new shape separately on solid cardstock or patterned paper and piece together as you would a traditional paper piecing.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 (trophy elements), Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 3.0 (photos, journaling, chessboard). Photo paper: Epson. Brads: Making Memories. Eyelets: Eyelet Outlet. Dimensional adhesive: Diamond Glaze.
Design by Erica Hernande
zErica used a digital kit to design the basic structure of this scrapbook page and then printed it and added chipboard, brads, and hand stitching.
Editor's Tip: Creating a digital scrapbook page base and then adding embellishments is a great way to experiment with digital techniques.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Font: DW Sketchbook by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Art of Play kit by Heather Ann Designs. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard: American Crafts ("z"), Jenni Bowlin Studio (frame). Pen, brads: American Crafts. Tape: Around the Block.
Design by Kelly Purkey
To create personalized background papers for this scrapbook page, Kelly repeated the words "me" and "motherhood" in a word-processing program and printed them on cardstock.
Editor's Tip: To get the question mark shapes, Kelly typed them in Microsoft Word, then printed them in reverse on the back of her word-filled cardstock before cutting them out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Marketing Script (title), Rosewood (inside question marks) off the Internet; Strut (journaling), Miss Patty's (inside circle) by Scrapsupply.com. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Greta Hammond
Ordinary words took on a cartoonish look on this scrapbook page when Greta placed them inside large shapes she found in her image-editing program.
Editor's Tip: To print a word in white, type it on a colored shape, change the color to white, then print on white cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Bastick Regular (journaling), Impact (title) off the Internet. Acrylic paint: Americana. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin couldn't find the right patterned paper for this scrapbook page, so she made her own using a dingbat font.
Editor's Tip: You can find tons of free dingbat fonts on the Internet. When you find the right one, type it into a text box in a blank image-editing file or word-processing document and print it out to use on your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Seeing Stars (dingbats) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Cardstock, grommets, charm, ribbon: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Stickers: Carolee's Creations (stars), Making Memories (words).
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Mellette combined a photo with a digital patterned paper to use on her scrapbook page but wanted the photo to stand out from the background. Adding a drop shadow to the photo gave it the look of dimension she was after.
Editor's Tip: To create a drop shadow on a digital element, select the element, then click on Layer>>Layer Style>>Drop Shadow and select the style you want.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Fonts: Tia Friends Forever (title) off the Internet, Messenger (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Digital elements: Vintage Label Paper Pack (paper) from Two Peas in a Bucket. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green, floral), Autumn Leaves (diamonds, blue), Chatterbox (yellow). Chipboard, ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs. Buttons, rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: KI Memories ("don't wait..."), 7Gypsies (red border), Autumn Leaves (letter).