How To Scrapbook In Photoshop

How To Scrapbook In Photoshop

Want to learn how to scrapbook in photoshop? The whole digital world of scrapbooking is another animal altogether, and it can be intimidating. But there are definitely some advantages to going digital. No more space issues! You’ll still need to keep your digital scrapbooking supplies organized (on your hard drive), but it’s clean.

A lot of scrappers I know are using hybrids of both digital and paper based scrapbooks, either by downloading ‘printables’ (letters, embellishments, paper patterns etc) or they are scanning their completed scrapbook paper-based pages and sending them digitally to their far-off family members.

How To Scrapbook In Photoshop : At Last a Scrapbooking GUY!!!

In this digital scrapbooking tutorial video I’ll show you how to create a digital scrapbooking embellishment using the clipping mask in adobe photoshop elements 7.

For more digital scrapbooking tutorials, visit The Scrapping Guy website


This is an older post referring to photoshop cs3. Even though it’s old, the general principle still apply. Plus, like many people, I’m not running the latest/greatest software either!

It used to be that scrap booking involved a bunch of women sitting around and pasting knick knacks into a photo album all with special themes and designs that they spent hours creating. Nowadays you can do all this on the computer and in half the time. Make a scrapbook on your computer and order a professionally bound book which is delivered to your door. How easy is that?

Things You’ll Need

  • Computer
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Photos
  • Scanner
  • Digital camera
  • Internet


Decide what the theme of this particular scrapbook is going to be. Make a rough outline of the things you want to cover and accomplish with the book. Go through photos, prints and digital, to find all those you would like to include. Also search for any certificates, ribbons or other items you want included.

Scan all the print photos and flat items. For non-flat items take several photos of it with a digital camera. Upload the photos from the camera to the computer. Open Adobe Photoshop CS3. Import all your photos. Organize your items into folders and bins as you see fit.

Open a new document. Decide what kind of background you want to use: A solid color, pattern or print, photo landscape or other. If it’s a solid color then use the fill tool, select your color and fill in the white canvas. If it’s a photo landscape then find the photo and import it if you haven’t already done so then cut and paste on the canvas. If other, go online and search for design templates, backgrounds or photos. Import these then cut and paste.

Play with making boxes, circles and other shapes as mats for your photos. Fill with black or white or create a drop-shadow to achieve a well traveled, aged look. Add in the photos. For photos of items use the lasso tool to extract then paste on the page. Then erase the edges with the eraser tool

Add in text boxes to create messages, titles and other wording. Change the color, font, size and even angling with the font box tools. When you complete a page save it as “page #_.” Continue with all your pages. Print them out on regular paper to see what they look like and determine if you need to make changes. If so, do so as needed. Then order a book online from websites such as Wal-Mart Photo,, Kodak Gallery and Have fun!

Lastly, I just found this awesome resource that’s dedicated to teaching digital scrapbooking. I’m sure there are others and I’ll share when I find them, but so far I am waaaaay impressed with this site.

How To Scrapbook In Photoshop : Learn Digital Scrapbooking

Get your photos out of the computer and turn them into beautiful scrapbook pages you’ll be proud to show off to family and friends. We’ll show you how! Soon you’ll be the expert digital scrapper others turn to for digital scrapbooking advice. Watch this 1 minute video to find out more:

What Is Digital Scrapbooking?

Digital Scrapbooking is using your computer and a photo editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, to create part or all of your scrapbook page. With a digital scrapbook page you can:

  • Print it out on photo paper to put in a scrapbook album
  • Send the file to a print shop for printing
  • Upload it to the web to become part of a hard cover book
  • Upload an image of the page to an online photo gallery for sharing with others
  • Email a copy of the page to family and friends
  • Burn a copy on a CD for safe keeping


Hopefully I’ve eased any fears you may have had when learning how to scrapbook in photoshop. Did you find this post helpful? Be sure to share this with all your scrapbooking friends.

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