A Paper Layout with Digital Roots
February 20, 2007
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Credits Papers: Festival kit downloaded and printed from www.shabbyprincess.com. Ink: Black fine tip pen by Creative Memories. Template: Shari Barnes.
While digital scrapbooking is rapidly gaining popularity, traditional (paper) scrapbooking remains the most commonly used method. There is just something about sitting down with a group of girlfriends, a stack of beautiful papers and your favorite photos that has universal appeal.
However, if you are one of the many paper scrapbookers out there who has yet to check out the digital scrapbooking scene because you think it has nothing to offer you, here’s a paper layout that just might change your mind.
The papers I used on this page are actually downloaded from a digital scrapbooking website and printed out to be used just like regular scrapbook paper. The papers found on most digital scrapbooking websites are high quality files (300 dpi) that are comparable to the kinds of papers you can find at your local scrapbook store. They are usually 12×12 inches, so if you have a wide format printer you can print the whole page. If you don’t have a wide format printer, you can just select “fit to page” in your printer options, as I did for this layout (this works best for 8×8 or smaller sized pages). Be sure to print on quality paper if you want your pages to last.
The other aspect of this page that was influenced by digital scrapbooking was the design; it’s based on a digital template. Unlike the “flat” templates known to paper scrapbookers, digital templates are actually files containing each component of the layout in a separate layer. As a paper scrapbooker, you can still gain inspiration from the templates even if you do not use them for digital scrapbooking. For this layout, I simply used the template as a guide for how to arrange my page (much like you would use scrapbooking “sketches”).
By-the-way, another wonderful thing about the digital scrapbooking papers and template I used to make this page: they were all free (see credits)! Ok, now it’s your turn to go see what you can borrow from digital scrapbooking to make your next paper page!