Scanner Ideas

Unleash the power of your scanner by using it to create digital elements for your scrapbook page.

Scan and Enlarge Postage Stamps for Scrapbook Pages

Design by Sande Krieger

To make the cover for the hinged flap on her page, Sande first attached a few canceled stamps to a piece of paper, then scanned and changed them to the desired size. She used image-editing software to print the title and photo on the stamp image. She created the "San Marco" title by reverse-printing onto a second sheet printed with the stamp image and cutting it out.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, twill tape: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Fine Hand ("passion for pigeons") by ITC, Liberty Hollow ("San Marco") from the Internet, Dreamboat (inside journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Scalloped hinges, latch: The Weathered Door. Label maker, tape: Dymo. Staples: Making Memories. Diamond Glaze: JudiKins. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS.

Scrapbook Scans of Old Photos to Preserve Originals

Design by Katie Pertiet

Katie scanned an old photo to use on her scrapbook page. Using a scan allowed her to keep the original image intact. She created a matted effect by adding a white border, then she completed the page with digital embellishments that include a stapled tag, ribbon, and title letters.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Font: Watson by Chatterbox. Digital elements: Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals.

Scan and Scrapbook a Child's Artwork

Design by Summer Fullerton

Summer scanned her daughter's artwork and paired it with photos of her daughter creating her masterpiece. By tilting the photos, artwork, and title on a diagonal and contrasting it with horizontal strip journaling, Summer successfully created a dynamic, eye-catching page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Reminisce (dark pink), KI Memories (letters, stripe), Flair Designs (blue dot). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves ("c"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters), BasicGrey (Arrows). Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Clip: Provo Craft.

Scan Clothing to Make Scrapbook Page Embellishments

Design by Heather Melzer

To capture the image of a beloved shearling jacket, Heather positioned her daughter's coat facedown on the glass of her scanner and scanned it. She used her computer to type the journaling on the scan before printing the page. A bulky item can prevent a scanner lid from closing. To solve this problem, Heather covered the coat and scanner bed with a cloth, which helped keep out external light.


SOURCES: Fonts: Mbell (journaling) off the Internet, Renaissance (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Ribbon: SEI. Stamps: River City Rubber Works. Ink: Clearsnap.

Preserve Genealogy Memorabilia with a Scanner

Design by Jen Lessinger

When photos may not be available, memorabilia can provide firsthand details about an event. Jen showcased a scanned version of her grandfather's naturalization papers on this page, using a small photo of her grandparents as an accent. Scanning allowed Jen document the event without risk of harming the original.


SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studios. Die cuts: Making Memories. Stickers: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Maya Road.

Scan and Digitally Scrapbook a Baby Ultrasound

Design by Erica Hernandez

Erica scanned an ultrasound image, allowing her to create a digital scrapbook page. Erica used a digital brush to create the swirls on her whimsical page. She created tone-on-tone blocks that match her background paper by playing with her image-editing software's Burn tool.


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.

Scan Borrowed Photos to Scrapbook

Design by Leah Fung

Having few photos of herself as a child, Leah borrowed several old pictures from her relatives and scanned them. She grouped the small black-and-white photos in the lower right-hand corner, and balanced it with a larger, current photo in the opposite corner.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (floral, swirl), Making Memories (lined, rickrack ledger). Fonts: Bodoni Bk BT ("of my life," journaling strips) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Stickers: American Crafts. Eyelets: Eyelet Outlet. Brads, button, flower: Making Memories. Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Tile letters, metal accent: SkyBluePink. Stamps: Hero Arts. Thread: Coats & Clark.

Scan Household Objects for Unique Scrapbook Page Accents

Design by Polly Maly

Polly scanned a square border found on a plate, then created a colorful grid with the squares on her page background. She used a glass-finish paint to replicate the shiny surface of her inspiration dish.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: American Crafts. Ribbon: Offray. Glass-finish paint: Plaid. Dish: Younkers.

Scan Household Necessities to Match a Scrapbook Page Theme

Design by Candi Gershon

To create a textured and match her page theme, Candi scanned a piece of crumpled tissue to use as the background for these photos of her daughter learning to blow her nose. She added her photos and title, and placed a bit more tissue behind the journaling block printed on a transparency.


SOURCES: Matte photo paper: Epson. Transparency: 3M. Font: Acoustic Light from the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Brads: Karen Foster Design.

Use a Scanner to Scrapbook Three-Dimensional Objects

Design by Heather Melzer

In this layout, Heather scanned her daughter's "blankie" and typed journaling over the top of the image. For a fun embellishment, she scanned a handful of her daughter's favorite breakfast cereal and individually cut out the pieces with a craft knife. She adhered them to the back of a domed frame, mounting some with adhesive foam for dimension.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Matte photo paper: Epson. Fonts: Pure Imagination ("blanie with"), Tasklist ("breakfast") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Day Roman (journaling) from the Internet. Frame: Pebbles Inc. Bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs. Ribbon: Offray

Print a Scan onto Transparency Paper

Design by Laurie Stamas

Laurie scanned in an old negative strip and then used photo-editing software to add her letters. She printed it on transparency paper and attached paper behind it so the letters would stand out. Arranging patterned paper around the rest of her page pulls the look together.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, star brads: Chatterbox. Fonts: Harting ("the stats") off the Internet, Tahoma (journaling). Stencils, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Twill: Creek Bank Creations. Tab, clips: 7Gypsies. Stamps: EK Success. Ink: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint, hinges: Making Memories. Software: Adobe Photoshop.

Use a Scanner to Scrapbook Home Decor Items

Design by Heather Melzer

Heather scanned her daughter's pink-and-white pillow sham, cropped it into an 8x8" square. She then scanned a second decorative pillow and reverse-printed her daughter's name on the back of the scanned image. She printed both on matte photo paper. After hand-cutting the letters with a crafts knife, Heather salvaged a small piece of the image for the small heart on her page.


SOURCES: Matte photo paper: Epson. Fonts: Tasklist ("kenzie"), Pure Imagination (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Paper flower: Making Memories. Ink: Stampin' Up!.

Scan Dog Treats for a Pet-Inspired Scrapbook Page

Design by Heather Melzer

What better page embellishment about a child and dog playing "keep away" than an image of an actual dog treat? Heather scanned one of her dog's biscuits, printed several on matte paper, and cut them out with a craft knife. She added silver brads and adhered them below the small photos with adhesive foam to make them stand out.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Matte photo paper: Epson. Font: Renaissance by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stamps, brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray.

Scan and Enhance Images from Store-Bought Items

Design by Christina Cole

Christina was inspired by the patterns on a shopping bag, so she scanned the plastic bag, enhanced the images in Adobe Photoshop, and printed them onto cardstock. She inked the edges of her images, photos, paper flower accent, and background to add interest.


SOURCES: Font: Stop Sign from the Internet. "S" embellishment: Colorbok. Paper flowers: Making Memories. Ink: Tsukineko.

Scan Vacation Keepsakes to Include in Scrapbook Pages

Design by Candi Gershon

To create her patterned background, Candi scanned a map from her family's last trip to Sea World and printed it on a 12x12" sheet of textured cardstock -- adjusting the intensity of the colors to make the image softer. Torn vellum makes up the title, while a matted and hinged photo of her son contains journaling, captions, and original park tickets underneath. On the opposite page, she placed sticker number labels to correspond with the journaling hidden under the photo flap.


SOURCES: Font: PegsannaHMK off the Internet. Stickers: Kopp Design. Ribbon, photo corners, photo flips: Making Memories.

Use Digital Software to Adjust Scan Color Intensity

Design by Heather Melzer

Heather scanned two of the fabrics that composed her daughter's mismatched outfit and grouped them to create the four-square background on her page. Toning down the intensity of the images helped it blend into the background, allowing her photo to be the focal point on her page.


SOURCES: Matte photo paper: Epson. Font: Century Gothic by Agfa Monotype. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (large letters), Wordsworth (small letters). Rub-ons: Chatterbox. Die cuts: Forget Me Not Designs for Leeco Industries.

Give Scanned Images Depth

Design by Anita Matejka

For this layout, Anita combined photos with scanned images of the materials she used. She started by taping a piece of fabric to the lid of her scanner using heavy-duty double-stick tape and placing spools of thread in each corner to hold up the lid. A spool of pink thread and the bobbin were slid in under the fabric, giving her images depth. She created a gridlike formation with the images, using her machine to zigzag-stitch along the seams.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Doodlebug Design. Font: Rafa off the Internet. Stickers: KI Memories. Rub-ons: Chatterbox.

Make a Small Photo Look like a Negative

Design by Sue Miller

To work with the theme of her photography page, Sue mounted a small photo within the frame of a negative, scanned it, and printed it on photo paper. The spiral paper clips add a funky touch without distracting from the theme.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, vellum, stickers: The C-Thru Ruler Company. Printed transparency, rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Spiral clips, mini brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: Michaels. Stamps: Wordsworth. Acrylic paint: DecoArt. Adhesive foam: EK Success.

Die-Cut Scanned Images

Design by Christina Cole

In honor of her love for wearing pajamas, Christina scanned the fabric from several pairs of her favorite pants, printed them onto cardstock, and die-cut them into same-size circles. She inked the edges of each circle and her journaling box, and mounted them on the page. A photo of her wearing a favorite pair of PJs appears beside the text.


SOURCES: Paper: Scrapworks. Font: Antique Type off the Internet. Ink: Tsukineko. Die, die-cutting tool: Sizzix.

Preserve Vintage Photos by Scanning

Design by Erica Hernandez

Erica scanned photos from her past and added journaling that reflects on how far she's come. She kept the photos the same size as her originals to preserve the vintage charm of each photo.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Font: Georgia, Stamp Act (date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Retroactive kit by Erica Hernandez, Monkey Do (striped paper) by the Queen of Quirk, Pitter Patter Elements (label) by Meredith Fenwick.

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