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Scrapbook Pages with Digital Brushes

Whether you're a digital scrapbooker or someone who scrapbooks with paper supplies, digital brushes are an easy way to get special effects and cool new looks on your scrapbook pages.

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    • Add Digital Brush Designs to Photos

      Design by Jen Lessinger

      Jen filled the dead space in her photo with a star-shape digital brush that complements her fireworks theme.

      Use a digital brush step-by-step
      1. Open your image-editing software and make sure the brush file you'd like to use is loaded. If it's not, open your brush file.
      2. Change the color and size of the digital brush. Jen used white and orange so her brushes would stand out against the dark background.
      3. Stamp your digital brush in the empty space of the photo, creating a pattern with the alternating colors and sizes.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View (blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (white, orange). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Arctic Frog. Chipboard shapes: Heidi Swapp.

    • Create Custom Text Digital Brushes

      Design by Joanna Bolick

      Joanna used custom text digital brushes to repeat words across her photo for a multilayer effect.

      Use a custom text digital brush step-by-step
      1. Open your custom text brush in your image-editing software.
      2. Stamp the digital brush multiple times to create a design, adjusting the color, size, opacity, and rotation as you go.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Heidi Swapp. Fonts: Arial (sans serif), Lainie Day (script). Sticker: 7Gypsies. Pen: Uniball Signo. Transparency: Creative Imaginations.

    • Fake Stitching on Scrapbook Pages with Digital Brushes

      Design by Joanna Bolick

      Joanna used a purchased digital brush to mimic the look of actual machine stitching for a playful look on her scrapbook page.

      Match scrapbook page colors step-by-step
      1. Open your image-editing software and make sure the digital brush you'd like to use is loaded.
      2. Change the color of the brush to exactly match the photos or paper. Select the Eye Dropper tool and use it over the color you'd like to match.
      3. Once you have the color you'd like, switch back to the Brush tool and stamp the image on your digital design.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Acrylic flower, rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Digital brushes: Scrapbook Bytes.

    • Manipulate Digital Brush Images

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Erica used the Dodge, Burn, and Erase tools to manipulate her digital brush image and create cool color effects. She also let a hand-cut version of the same brush shape overlap the ultrasound image and add oomph to the white background.

      Manipulating digital brushes step-by-step
      1. Open your file in image-editing software and select the Dodge, Burn, or Erase tool.
      2. In your tool bar, select the digital brush you'd like to use. Change the size and color as desired. Erica left her color the same to create a tone-on-tone effect.
      3. Stamp your brush in the file. Click multiple times in the same spot for a stronger effect with the Dodge and Burn tools.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Stickers: Chatterbox (black text at bottom), Me and My Big Ideas (flowers, "baby, girl, Ludwig"). Rub-ons: Die Cuts with a View. Brads: SEI. Jewels: Heidi Swapp. Digital brush: Rebel Heart.

    • Use Digital Brushes to Give Elements an Inked Look

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Erica used digital brushes to create the look of inking and stamping on this scrapbook page. She altered digital elements and then printed them out to scrap as usual.

      Digital inking step-by-step
      1. In your image-editing software, select the Brush tool and choose the digital brush you'd like to use from the menu.
      2. Choose the color you'd like your inked effect to be.
      3. Use the brush to trace around your digital tags or other elements you'd like to ink.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Typewriter New Roman. Metal accents: Making Memories (letter), 7Gypsies (photo turn). Digital brushes: Scrap Artist (ornate frame), Scrapbook Bytes (letters).

    • Design a Page Background using Digital Brushes

      Design by Jen Lessinger

      Jen created a brilliant scrapbook page background using basic shapes saved as digital brushes. She created a new layer for each brush element to make designing and aligning each piece much easier.

      Create a pattern step-by-step
      1. Open a new document in your image-editing software.
      2. Create a new layer. Select the brush you'd like to use, adjust the color as desired, and stamp it in the upper left corner of your canvas.
      3. Create a new layer. Select another brush, adjust the color, and stamp it on top of the first. Repeat as desired until you get the look you want.
      4. Once you have the layered look you'd like, merge the layers together. Duplicate the merged layer, and move it so it appears next to the original. Duplicate the merged layer and move the new layers until your background is complete.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View (blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (white, orange). Fonts: Seeing Stars (star dingbat), Georgia (journaling). Chipboard accents, plastic letters: Heidi Swapp.

    • Print Digital Brushes as Scrapbook Page Accents

      Design by Rhonda Bonifay

      Rhonda stamped her digital brushes in a blank document, printed them on white cardstock, and trimmed around them for fun flourishes on her made-from-paper scrapbook page.

      Printing digital brushes step-by-step
      1. Create a new blank document in your image-editing software. Sizing it to a standard letter size (8-1/2x11") will make it easiest for printing.
      2. Choose your digital brush color and adjust the size.
      3. Click on the new layer icon in your Layers palette. Click once to add your digital brush image to the document. Repeat these steps for each digital brush and then print the document.
      4. Once your brushes are printed, hand-cut around them and adhere them to your scrapbook page.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Ecolier Court (title), Garamond (journaling) off the Internet. Stamp: Making Memories. Ribbon: Michaels. Gem: Heidi Swapp. Tab: Creative Imaginations. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Digital elements: Raspberry Fizz (floral paper), Funky Flowers brushes by Rhonna Farrer.

    • Create a Digital Brush from a Dingbat Font

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Erica saved a dingbat image as a digital brush and used it to create the adorable trail of snails along the bottom of her scrapbook page.

      Turn a dingbat into a digital brush step-by-step
      1. Open a blank canvas in your image-editing software.
      2. Open a new text box, type the dingbat you'd like to turn into a digital brush, and adjust the size and color.
      3. Select Edit>>Define Brush. Name the brush.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Eurostyle (journaling) off the Internet, DW Boys Will Be Boys (dingbat) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Ink: Tsukineko. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements

    • Use Digital Brushes as Masks to Make Pattern-Filled Shapes

      Design by Rhonna Farrer

      Rhonna used a clipping mask to fill digital brush shapes with patterned paper for unique accents on this scrapbook page. After arranging her photo and digital brush accents, she printed the pieces on patterned paper.

      Use digital brushes as a mask step-by-step
      1. Open a new canvas and position your photo. Stamp each digital brush on a different layer to create a frame and to overlap the image as you like.
      2. Open the patterned papers and drag each to the canvas. In the layers palette, position each paper directly above one of the digital brush images.
      3. With the patterned paper selected, click Layer>>Group with Previous (or Layer>>Create Clipping Mask) to temporarily clip the patterned-paper design. At this point, the paper can still be moved. Click Layer>>Merge Layers to make the merge permanent. Repeat these steps for each paper/brush image.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Sticker paper: Avery Dennison. Font: C Dans l'air off the Internet. Pen: American Crafts. Glitter: Stickles. Ticket: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Digital elements: Pretty Woods Paper Pack (paper) by Jennifer Pebbles; Vintage Labels kit (labels), Basic Black & White Gift Wrap kit (orange damask), Swirled Frames (frames), Fashion Patisserie Brush Set (brushes) by Rhonna Farrer.

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      Turn a Digital Element into a Digital Brush

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Erica converted a digital element into a digital brush, and then stamped it on her photo and background paper for a striking embellishment. She arranged the brush image and her photo on a blank canvas and then printed out two versions -- one on photo paper and one on patterned paper -- and then paired the two.

      Turn a digital element into a digital brush step-by-step
      1. Open the digital element you want to make into a brush. Resize it to the size you need.
      2. Select the entire image with the Marquee tool and click Edit>>Define Brush.
      3. Open the photo you'd like to use. Select the Brush tool and choose the color you wish to use. Stamp the digital brush on the photo.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Font: Times New Roman. Digital elements: Verde (floral brushes) from Two Peas in a Bucket, Natural Borders (borders) from Designer Digitals. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (black, cream), 7Gypsies (ledger). Stickers: Making Memories. Rub-ons: My Mind's Eye.

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      Turn a Drawing into a Digital Brush

      Design by Margarete Antonio

      Margarete drew an artistic heart using a graphics tablet, turned it into a digital brush, and used it both as an embellishment and a background pattern on her scrapbook page.

      Turn a drawing into a digital brush step-by-step
      1. Scan in a drawing or draw one with a graphics tablet. Open the image you'd like turned into a digital brush in your image-editing software.
      2. Go to Edit>>Define Brush, and name the brush.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Bebas ("cake") by Da Font, Century Gothic (journaling). Digital elements: Olivia (paper, bow) from The Shabby Shoppe. Heart brush, staple: Margarete's own design. Graphics tablet: Wacom.

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      Make Digital Brushes Look like Chipboard Embellishments

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Sande altered her digital brushes to make them look like distressed chipboard accents for this digital scrapbook page.

      Create chipboard accents with digital brushes step-by-step
      1. In your image-editing software, stamp each digital brush you'd like to use on a separate layer.
      2. Click Layer>>Layer Style>>Bevel and Emboss. Experiment with the settings until you get the look you want.
      3. To distress the brushes as Sande did on her scrapbook page, open a piece of digital paper, drag it over the first digital brush, and use a clipping mask (or group with previous) to clip them together. Repeat until all of the brush images are colored.
      4. To add a white sanded edge, create a new layer above your digital paper and group with the previous layer. Select a distressed or grunge digital brush and paint along the edge of your brush images.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Gasoline by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Fun & Games (paper), Altered Thoughts (title brush), Rhonna Swirls V2 (swirl brushes), Split Pea (photo frame), Joined at the Hip (stitching) all from Two Peas in a Bucket.

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      Create Patterned Paper with a Digital Brush

      Design by Margarete Antonio

      Margarete combined kraft-color digital paper with a flourish-style digital brush to create the background of this digital scrapbook page.

      Make patterned paper with digital brushes step-by-step
      1. Open a blank canvas in your image-editing software. Drag a solid digital paper onto the canvas. Choose the Brush tool and select the brush you'd like to use. Set the brush size and color.
      2. Make a new layer and start stamping the digital brush. Rotate, resize, and recolor brushes and continue stamping until you get the look you want.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Uncle Charles ("what a," "world") by Autumn Leaves, Renaissance ("wonderful") off the Internet. Digital elements: Falling For You kit (paper), Shabby Rose (flower), Wire Photo Holder (wire) from Digital Designer Essentials, Hipster Plumes 5 (brush swirls), Big Quirky Stitches 2 (stitching on button) from Designer Digitals.

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      Create a Photo Frame Using a Digital Brush

      Design by Kim Crothers

      Kim used a digital brush to create the distressed frame around the photo of her daughter and husband on this digital scrapbook page.

      Use a digital brush to create a photo frame step-by-step
      1. In your image-editing software, create a new layer just above your photo layer. Choose the brush you want. Enlarge the digital brush and change the settings to get the look you want.
      2. Add the brush around the edges of the photo. Use the Eraser tool to refine the look.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: LD Letterpress (lowercase) off the Internet. Digital elements: Shine (paper), THINKink (paint effect brushes) from Creative Snaps, Stamped hearts (hearts) from Scrap Artist, Stamped Alpha (uppercase letters) from Jen Wilson Designs, Natural Brushes 1 & 2 (grunge brushes) from Adobe.

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      Create a Negative Shape Using a Digital Brush

      Design by Jen Caputo

      Jen used a clipping mask with a digital brush shape to create the negative effect on her digital scrapbook page.

      Create a negative shape with a digital brush step-by-step
      1. Open a blank canvas in your image-editing software and drag digital patterned paper over it.
      2. Create a new layer and stamp a large digital brush image.
      3. Open another digital patterned paper and drag it to a new layer above the digital brush image. Select Layer>>Group with Previous (or Layer>>Create Clipping Mask) to create the negative shape.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Digital elements: Lisa Whitney (paper), Scrap Artist (stitches), Meredith Fenwick Designs (shaped brush), The Lily Pad (text overlay), Scrapbook Graphics (scalloped-edge template), Designer Digitals (curled paper tear), Mandabean (word art) from Sweet Shoppe Designs.

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