Digital Scrapbooking Tips
Hi there! This is Grace from Jaimee’s CT. I go around digi-land under the names of zanthia122 or Hat of Bunny! Today, I’m going to share with you 5 Digital Scrapbooking Tips that have helped me in my creative process.
Organize your stash
Having your kits organized will save you valuable time so you can start scrapping as soon as you sit down. There are many ways of organizing digiscrap supplies – some people use a software and some people just use a file system. I use Lightroom which allows me to tag my kit previews with keywords such as themes and colors. My system not only allows me to quickly find kits that will match my photos, it also makes it much easier to mix kits and to pull things up for store challenges. I have a detailed tutorial on how to organize your stash in Lightroom here.
Edit your photos
Photos should be the focal point of your layouts, so you want them to stand out. All photos (even professionally taken ones, though the editing has usually been done for you) can use some post-editing. There are lots of free Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions out there that will bring your photos from good to great, and it’s as easy as clicking one button. Below you can see the original on the left and the edited photo on the right… it only took 2 actions to get there and what a difference they made!
Make use of paints and splatters
Paints are my favorite part in a kit, and when I get a Storyteller from Jaimee I always open the mixed media pack first! They’re just so versatile and you can do so much with them.
In this layout, I mix a bunch of paint splatters, clip different papers and colors to them, then cut a word art out for a stenciled effect:
And in this layout, I used some paint as a mask to create the out-of-frame watercolor effect:
Finally, in this layout, the black paper came with the big white paint on it so I used some paint as photo masks to blend the photos onto the paper.
Cut your elements up!
The great thing about digital scrapbooking is that you can cut things up without worrying about losing them, and I love to experiment. For example, I like to copy some parts of a scatter instead of duplicating the whole thing for a more realistic look. Or if I want only a part of a banner I’ll chop it out. This technique is a fun way to stretch your stash.
In this layout, the word “wish” did not come with the kit. I loved the font used in the wood veneer word art in the kit, so I copied the letters w, i, s and h, put them together, and copied the word out of a paint splatter (another great use of paint!). Voila! New word art!
Incorporate new techniques into your layouts
This year during MOC (Month of Challenges) at the Lilypad, one of the challenges was to create a layout using double exposure. I loved that challenge because it introduced me to a new technique. For another challenge, we were asked to find inspiration from an ad, and I wanted to recreate a certain retro look. After reading some tutorials, I was able to come up with this:
Even though the tutorials were not specifically for digital scrapbooking, I was able to apply the techniques and make a layout I’m really happy with. It’s definitely fun to learn something new. (And I need to go revisit the tutorials as I’ve forgotten how I did it… ha!)
I hope you find these Digital Scrapbooking tips helpful! See you all around digi-land!