Digital Scrapbooking, Your First Digital Layout using Ulead PhotoImpact

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 Ulead PhotoImpact X3 by Corel to help you get started.

  1. Open your PhotoImpact software in Full edit mode.
  2. Go to File > New> New Image 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 Open.
  4. Position your layout document and your background paper document windows so that both are visible.
  5. Click on the patterned paper document. Select Edit > Copy from the Menu Bar.
  6. Click on the transparent document and select Edit > Paste as Object from the Menu Bar.

    Click on the transparent document

    The paper should now be centered on its own layer in your layout document.

  7. Repeat steps 3-6 with a photo, a frame other embellishments of your choice.
    Repeat until done

    Position your elements on your page using the Pick tool, and you have created a simple, but beautiful layout.
    Repeat until done

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 Pick 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 Transform Tool (Q) and click on the element you want to resize to activate the bounding box. Drag any of the four corners to enlarge or shrink the element without distortion.
    resize an element
  • To add depth to your digital scrapbooking elements, click on the element using the Pick Tool and select Object > Shadow from the Menu Bar. This activates the Shadow dialog box. Tick the Shadow box and adjust the settings in the dialog box to your liking then click OK.
    To add depth
  • 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 Manager. 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 Transform Tool and choose Rotate Freely from the second icon in the Options bar across the top of the editing window. Position your cursor over one of the corners of the image until the cursor changes to a curved arrow. Click and drag in the direction you'd like to tilt the image.
    tilt an element

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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