Digital Scrapbooking, Your First Digital Layout using ACDSee

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 ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 to help you get started.

  1. Open your photo-editing software
  2. Go to File > New and set your document background to transparent, the image size to 12x12", 300 ppi or choose the Scrapbook preset. Click OK. This will be your layout document.

    Digital Scrapbooking
  3. Go to File > Place and locate the file of a paper you would like to use for a background. Click Place.
  4. Your cursor will change to a corner icon. Use this cursor to draw out a box that encompasses the entire document. Begin at the top left and draw down toward the bottom right corner.
  5. The paper will fill the document. A bar across the bottom of the editing window will show you the progress as the fill is performed.
    Repeat until done
  6. Place a photo on your scrapbook page by selecting File > Place and navigating to your photo file. Click Place and position your cursor in the area of the page you'd like to insert the photo. Double-click to paste the photo on the page.
  7. Reposition the photo by clicking and dragging it into place.
  8. Resize the photo by positioning your cursor over one of the corners of the photo. Click Scale Proportional in the Options bar across the top of the editing window. When you are directly over the corner handle, your cursor changes to a + sign. Click and drag toward the center of the photo to reduce the size and away from the center of the photo to enlarge it.
    Repeat until done
  9. Repeat Steps 2-8 with a frame and other embellishments of your choice.

    Position your elements on your page using the Selection tool, and you have created a simple, but beautiful layout.

    Finished Layout

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 a digital element on your digital scrapbooking page, simply click on its layer, and with the Selection Tool 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 Selection Tool and click on the element you want to resize to activate the bounding box. Click Scale Proportional in the Options bar across the top of the editing window. Drag any of the four corners to enlarge or shrink the element without distortion.
  • To add depth to your digital scrapbooking elements, select the item you want to shadow and go to Object > Drop Shadow. Adjust the settings in the dialog box to your liking then click OK.
  • 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 Object Palette. The higher it is in the palette, the closer it is to the "top" of your digital scrapbooking page.
  • To tilt an element on your page, get the Selection Tool and choose Rotate/Skew in the Options Bar across the top of the editing window. This activates a bounding box around the element. Position your cursor over one of the corner handles which are shaped like a circle surrounding each corner. When your cursor changes to a + sign, click and drag in the direction you'd like to tilt the image and click Done in the Options Bar.

Products used in this tutorial:
Almost Layered Template by Katie Pertiet
Hush-a-Bye Kit by Katie Pertiet
Pure Solids Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet

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