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How to Create Digital Scrapbooking Background Paper & Embellishments

Not satisfied with the background paper and embellishments you find for your scrapbooking projects? Add a personal touch by creating your own.


  • Step 1: Collect photos Go online and collect photographs with interesting textures to use as backgrounds. Clothing, carpets, metals, and woods all have great textures.
  • Step 2: Start a new document Open a photo editing program and start a new document the size you want your scrapbook page to be. Typically digital scrapbooks are 12 by 12 inches with a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Step 3: Set the background Make the textured photograph the background layer in the new document.
  • Step 4: Add a gradient layer Add a new layer and select the gradient tool. Choose the colors you want to use for the gradient and fill the new layer.
  • Step 5: Blend the layers Adjust the blending mode of the layer to change how it affects the background layer.
  • TIP: Sample colors from other backgrounds using the eyedropper tool.
  • Step 6: Continue to add layers Continue to add layers with gradients, solid colors, and brushed colors. Adjust the blending modes until you get an image you want for your background paper.
  • Step 7: Create shapes Use the selection and the eraser tools to cut out different patterns and shapes. Create rectangles, circles, and other custom shapes.
  • TIP: Drop a shadow on the shapes to make them pop out from the background.
  • Step 8: Adjust hue and saturation Adjust the hue and saturation of the layers until the embellishments and background are a perfect fit for your digital scrapbook albums.
  • FACT: Published in 1769, James Granger's Biographical History of England included blank pages at the end for the readers to attach their own pictures.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Photographs
  • Photo editing software

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