Digital Scrapbooking, Your First Digital Layout using Photoshop or Elements

Like paper scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking utilizes a combination of digital kits, papers, alphas, stamps, ribbons, and a variety of other digital scrapbooking embellishments. Unlike paper, however, digital scrapbooking gives you the freedom to resize, recolor, and reuse any product in your supply stash. Best of all, there's no mess to put away when you're finished with your page! And this is a great way for getting started, capturing your memories with your first layout! Here at DesignerDigitals we offer one of the largest varieties of digital products featuring Katie Pertiet's designs. This guide will help you get started on your layouts with some great tips.

When you create a digital scrapbooking layout or image, you do it in much the same way that you would with traditional scrapbooking, in that you layer papers and elements on top of one another. Each paper, photo, or embellishment exists on its own layer in your document, and you can reposition them at your discretion.

Here are some simple steps for creating a basic digital layout using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements to help you get started.

  1. Open your photo-editing software
  2. Go to File > New> and set your document size to 12x12", 300 dpi, transparent background. Click OK. This will be your layout document.

    Digital Scrapbooking

  3. Go to File > Open and locate the file of a paper you would like to use for a background. Click OK.
  4. Position your layout document and your background paper document windows so that both are visible.

    Background Image

  5. Select the Move Tool (click on the arrow at the top of the tools palette or just type "M") as shown

    Select Move Tool

  6. To move your paper onto your layout, simply hold down the SHIFT key and click and drag the paper over to your layout. Release the mouse once your cursor is positioned over the layout. The paper should now be centered on its own layer in your layout document.

    Center Paper in Layout

    Show Layers

  7. Repeat steps 2-5 with a photo, a frame and piece of word art, position your elements, and you have created a simple, but beautiful layout.

    Repeat until done

    Select Layers

Make sure to check out all our other great kits in the store. Our digital scrapbooking kits and paper packs are a great place to start! They include designer papers and an assortment of digital elements, brushes and alphabets for your layouts. Included also are such things as journal spots, ribbons and so much more! Once you bring up the list you can sort by title, designer, price, date added and popularity just by clicking on the column title. If you click on the same title again it will do a reverse sort as well.


  • "To reposition an digital element on your digital scrapbooking page, simply click on its layer, and with the Move Tool (V) selected, move your cursor over that element and click and drag the element on your layout to a new position.
  • " To resize an element on your page, select the element's layer, then go to Edit > Free Transform (PSE users go to Image > Transform > Free Transform). Then hold the SHIFT key as you drag one of the corner handles in or out to resize and maintain the original proportions. (The bounding box with adjustment handles will shop up automatically if you leave the "Show Bounding Box" option checked in the options toolbar.)
  • " To add depth to your digital scrapbooking elements, go to Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow and adjust the settings in the dialog box to your liking. (PSE users can find drop shadows in the Styles and Effects Palette under Layer Styles.)
  • " To move elements in front of or behind one another in your digital page, simply click and drag the layer up or down to a new position in the Layers palette. The higher it is in the palette, the closer it is to the "top" of your digital scrapbooking page.

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