Scrapbooking: How to turn your photos into stories

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Note: You may remember Carole Asselin, from Creation Cassel and Scrapbook Campus, who told you about the importance of scrapbooking when sharing your photos. Now, she’s taking it a step further by showing you how to create a scrapbook image. 

Whether you are a professional photographer looking for a way to showcase your stunning photos, or a parent capturing images of daily family events, you probably want to look at ways to turn those photos into something special, just the way they deserve to be displayed. That is what scrapbooking is all about. It can be minimal or it can be intricate. It is your call but remember the story you want to share.

When you start your scrapbooking project, you can either create everything from scratch, or look for digital supplies that will match or complement your photo. Creating every paper and element is possible but if you want to complete your project a little faster, using premade supplies is the way to go. I found a kit that revolved around a beach theme and had colors similar to some elements of the photo so I will be using a kit I found in my stash called Beat the Heat (this kit is no longer available as far as I know). It will be a great match for this photo. Follow along with these steps to create your scrapbook page:

1) Lay the foundation image 1

The foundation of a traditional digital scrapbook layout is to start with a 3600×3600 pixels blank canvas at 300 pixels per inch resolution. This resolution is what will give a better result when a scrapbooking project is printed.

2) Choose paper

I will then choose one base paper to copy and paste onto this blank canvas, or I could also drag the papers from the tray to the layer palette (if using PSPX6). I could have opted for a neutral color and add accents later but I preferred the colourful papers instead but that is just a personal preference. Remember that while doing digital projects with Paintshop Pro, you can always change your mind, which is a great advantage over traditional paper scrapbooking. Here, I picked two colourful papers that I layered. I resized the top one by 90% so it looks like it is framed by the back paper.

3) Add photo

Let’s add the photo. I am using only one photo. If I had several similar photos taken at the same time, I could have used more and group them or line them up. Depending on the photo, you might want to use your Pick tool to resize it down. Remember that resizing up is NOT recommended as it will lead to a pixellated image. I tend to like a clean style so I will keep my photo straight, instead of rotating it. Also, remember the rule of thirds when you choose where to place your photo (you knew about that in photo composition, right?).

4) Decorate Image 3

This page is already looking better than just a plain black background with a single photo on it, don’t you

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