Digital scrapbook paper is a fundamental supply and a graphic element used to create a multitude of stylish scrapbook pages on your own computer. Page sizes vary from 8" x 8" to 8-1/2" x 11" with the most common size being 12" x 12". There is a huge array of backgrounds, themes, colors, patterns and textures that can easily be found all over the internet that are downloadable and ready for instant use.
Making your own digital paper offers versatility that traditional papers do not. Purchased and downloaded or created once they can be used over and over again. No more spending hours searching at the craft stores for that perfect paper, or trying to find room for all your supplies, and no more clean up when you are finished. You can experiment, enhance and make non-destructive adjustments to your digital papers without worrying about making mistakes and ruining your papers. You can simply undo!
And if you are feeling real adventurous, making your own digital papers can be as simple as using a program's basic shapes, fonts, dingbats, scanning your own artwork or using pre-made clip art and brushes. You can achieve different looks by experimenting with color, filters, brushes, patterns, textures, tools or blending. Get complete creative control and the exact look and feel you want for any project by creating your own patterned papers.
To work with your digital scrapbooking paper you will need a computer and image editing software such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements which allows you to open, edit or create, organize, save and print your digital files.
Optional supplies may include a scanner, digital camera or a digital tablet to create your own chic designs. Digital scrapbook paper is typically 12x12 inches with a high resolution of 300 ppi that can be resized to smaller sizes as desired. Most common file formats are JPG or PNG and you may occasionally see PSD or TIF files that are used to preserve layers when working with digital templates.
If you plan on using digital scrapbook paper in hybrid scrapbooking or paper crafting, you will need a color printer and quality, acid-free paper. Look for a wide format photo printer that can print up to 13" wide for no borders on your printed paper or simply reduce to 8x8 to print.
Working with digital scrapbook paper offers so many options for creating meaningful pages. It's an artistic medium that is worth exploring as it is an essential element to paper crafting that offers limitless ways to express your inner paper artist! Have you explored digital scrapbooking paper?
Making Digital Scrapbook Background Paper
Use this tutorial to create your own beautiful digital scrapbook background paper in Photoshop Elements using the shape tool and a few filters! After you complete this tutorial, you will have the know how to create many more of your own custom backgrounds.