Boy Digital Scrapbooking Layouts

A layout dedicated to your son should be as adorable as he is. Get inspired with these creative all-digi ideas.

Missing Tooth Layout

Design by Karen Chrisman

Bring a punch of pattern to your page by using a patterned digital paper as a background with a large solid mat layered over the top. The subtly patterned border adds all the interest necessary. Digital stitches add a homey touch to the digital design.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5. Fonts: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet, Arial. Digital elements: Conversation Piece No. 4 (papers, word art, flowers) by Paislee Press and One Little Bird Designs; 12x12" Zigzag Stitch Borders and MultiFoto Single Layered Template No. 56 (brushstroke) by Anna Aspnes; To the Woods (heart disk) and Little Hampton (staple) by Lynn Grieveson.

Play Time Layout

Design by Erin Taylor

Give a great photo prime real estate by enlarging it to span your page. Digital photo corners and label holders help add a traditional touch to the page. Create a link between your photo and background by layering an overlapping element that touched both, as Erin did here with a grouping of label holders.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Georgia. Digital elements: Fly Boy (papers, airplane), For the Boys (journaling tag, word sticker, white tags), Digi Essentials No. 1 (stitching, staples), Digi Essentials No. 5 (photo turn, brads, label holders, title), Cardstock Essentials No. 1 (green paper), Date a Star ("February," "10"), Tweet (photo corners) by Karla Dudley Designs.

Noteworthy Boy Layout

Design by Ann Costen

Instead of using a font for your title, try digital letters that come as a set of embellishments you can place individually (similar to letter stickers on a traditional layout). This approach helps you mix styles easily.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Digital elements: Scarlet kit (brads) by BasicGrey, For the Record (all other) by Echo Park Paper Co.

Then and Now Boy Layout

Design by Erin Taylor

Photos taken at different times can really emphasize the growth and change in a child. To ensure continuity between the appearance of layers (and save time), add styles (shadow effects, beveling, embossing, etc.) to a single layer. Then copy the layer style to all the applicable layers.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Fonts: Jane Austen off the Internet, Georgia. Digital elements: Digi Essentials No. 6 (?{jt}?), Digi Essentials No. 7 (coffee stain brushes), Digi Essentials -- Elements (staples, stitching), Fly Boy (patterned paper), Handmade Sentiments No. 1 (sentiment brush) by Karla Dudley Designs.

Reading Boys Layout

Design by Allison Waken

To give the appearance that your title word was painted on, simply reduce the opacity of the title layer to allow some background to show through. Have extra space in your photo? Instead of cropping it out, use it for your journaling space.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Print Clearly off the Internet. Digital elements: Her Journey (papers, embellishments) by Hazel Olive Designs, Digi Essentials 5 (letters) by Karla Dudley Designs.

Phone Talk Layout

Design by Shari Barnes

A fun, boyish color scheme works well with a black-and-white shot. The color was removed from the photo in two steps by using a photo action in Adobe Photoshop CS2. The title and journaling were added using the text tool.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Misproject (title, numbers) by Da Font, Century Gothic (journaling). Digital elements: Bookworm (paper, tag) from Digital Design Essentials, Curled Journal Spots (title tag) from Designer Digitals.

Teen Sayings Layout

Design by Gina Cabrera

Spice up a layout with age-appropriate embellishments to reinforce your child's personality. Rounded corners on the photo and journaling mat are an added design feature on this page.


SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Font: Mailart Rubberstamp off the Internet. Digital elements: Funky Studio Mega Kit (metal attachment, "14," word bubbles, guitar pick, paint splotch, staples, graph paper), Simply Irresistible Mega Kit Essential (frame), Kraft Collection paper pack (kraft paper) all from Digital Design Essentials, Urban Acid Action (distressing effect) from Tracy Murphy Designs, Paper Tear (tear effect) from Digital Paper Tearing, guitar image from iStock Photo.

Curvy Title Layout

Design by Deena Wuest

A dramatic curve adds movement to this layout. The result looks complicated, but the process is simple (use Filter>Distort>Shear to play with the wave). The visual movement helps create a layout with impact.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Font: Avant Garde off the Internet. Digital elements: A Boy kit (blue and orange paper, circle), Lil' Trouble Maker kit (yellow paper, alphabet), Digital Date Stamps Vol. 6 (date) all from Designer Digitals.

Tree Topper Layout

Design by Veronica Ponce

Artfully blending photos helps two events come together. Here, two shots of a little tree climber combine seamlessly for a full impression of his boisterous nature. Position your shots so they overlap but still have all critical parts visible after the blending.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Willing Race ("tippy top"), Swill 911 ("tree"), Wigwam ("topper"), Typical Writer (journaling, date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Venice Beach kit (paper, brushes, masking tape) from Two Peas in a Bucket.

Favorite Pet Layout

Design by Susan Cyrus

To add impact to already stellar photos, Susan used level adjustments to blow out the backgrounds, leaving the focus squarely on her son Connor's new friend. This technique works most effectively on photographs that already have a fairly light background. Use an eraser tool to clean up the transition between the subject and the new background.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Minion ("the true story"), Dymo ("of the") off the Internet. Digital elements: Circle of Friends kit (striped paper), Book Bag Essentials kit (binder clip, cardboard, ink splatter), Hello Chickee kit (alphabet) all from Designer Digitals, Space Boy kit by Shabby Princess (stitching) from The Shabby Shoppe, Blaire's Borders V. 2 (overlay) from Blaire Blanks.

Photo Collage Layout

Design by Kim Crothers

Got a lot of photos? Kim packed 10 of them on a single layout by creatively grouping a series. She recolored eight pics and made them more transparent for an especially fun take.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Helvetica. Digital elements: Shine kit (paper, star) from Creative Snaps.

Design by Susan Cyrus

Design by Susan Cyrus

Susan made scrapping simple by dropping her photos into a drag-and-drop template and adding her title and a few embellishments to one of the openings. Instead of using a background paper, she enlarged part of her photo to 12x12".


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Font: Avante Garde by Microsoft. Digital elements: America the Beautiful kit (doodles, metal stars, studs), Quick Fill Template #35 (template) from Heather Ann Designs.

Boy Nickname Layout

Design by Erica Hernandez

A torn edge and adjusted opacity give the look of vellum in Erica's layout documenting her son's journey from "Zack" to just plain "Z." A subtle patterned paper backs the page and shows off the transparent transition.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Font: EstiloScript by My Fonts. Digital elements: Winter Wonderland (blue paper), Stitching Gone Wild (stitching), Well Worn (chipboard "z") all from Two Peas in a Bucket, Chenille Star (star element) from Designer Digitals.

Type Background Layout

Design by Deena Wuest

By layering numerous descriptive words about her son, Deena came up with both a wide range of his lovable characteristics and an interesting backdrop for his photo. She made his photo stand out by cropping it in a traditional shape against a nontraditional background.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Fonts: Dear Joe and 4990810 by Da Font, Arial, Century Gothic, Impact (title). Digital elements: Double Take (brushes) from Designer Digitals.

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