How to Make Digital Scrapbook Pages

Digital scrapbooks are an excellent alternative to physical books. They are easy to edit, store, and share.

Decide on a theme

The theme options are limited only by your imagination. Choose whatever strikes your mood; the idea is to keep it consistent throughout the pages.

Select Assets

Select background digital papers, stickers, fonts, and mats. It's a good idea to keep collections organized into folders for easy access.

Digital assets and papers are easy to find online, or you can create your own using graphic editing software. If you're not artistic enough, you can purchase pre-made assets or kits from scrapbook sellers.

Simple spread made with Photoshop Elements and digital background from Creative Memories collection

Collect and Sort Photos

With digital photos, it's cheap and easy to collect pictures, and, before you know it, the collections grow, so having an organizational system is essential. The ideal time to organize photos is soon after taking them. The time element is especially true with family baby pictures. The longer you wait, the likelier is a chance to forget who is in the photo. I have pictures of my grandchildren that I can't tell apart.

Photoshop Elements has a built-in organizer that pulls your photos into one place separated into folders. In the Organizer, you can rename the folders in a way that makes sense to you.

Once you have your photos in the Organizer, you can start your projects in Quick, Guide, or Expert mode. Expert mode gives you all the tools, most control, and lets you create from your imagination. The interface is simple, and if you get stuck for ideas, there's always the help button.

Photoshop Elements 2020

Alternatives to Paid Software

There is plenty of free and paid photo editing software to resize, edit, and enhance pictures. Photoshop is the granddaddy of photo editors, but it comes with a steep price.

If you don't own Photoshop, in my opinion, Photoshop Elements is an economical alternative to the full version of Photoshop. Free alternatives include GIMP and Pixlr Editor.

Once you have your photos in the Organizer, you can start your projects in Quick, Guide, or Expert mode. Expert mode gives you all the tools, most control, and lets you create from your imagination. The interface is simple, and if you get stuck for ideas, there's always the help button.

Once done, planning, collecting, and organizing, you can put together your digital scrapbook using your favorite layouts. Don't forget to add Journaling.

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