How to Use Scanned Objects in Hybrid and Digital Scrapbooking

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Many of us use our scanners to digitize photographs, greeting cards and other paper products. And certainly, these scanned images are great enhancements to digital, hybrid and traditional paper scrapbooking layouts.


However, with a little imagination, you can expand the use of your scanner to incorporate various other items into your projects.

If it’s flat enough to fit in your scanner, you can digitize a picture of it. Simply place the item face down in the scanner and scan.

You might experiment a bit to see if covering it with a sheet of white printer paper improves the quality. In some cases, it will make a difference. In other cases, it may not.

In the picture shown, I have incorporated scanned images of a piece of lace, a spray of artificial flowers, a leaf from a house plant and a gold elephant shaped brooch with a black cord.

Other possible items that come to mind include earrings, pearls, buttons, candy bar wrappers, decorative wrapping paper, book covers, ribbon, coasters, seashells, twigs, flat rocks and pebbles, flat food like cookies, gum, tea bags, dried fruit or mushrooms or even small items of clothing like gloves, baby bootees or bibs.

These scanned images can play several roles in your scrapbooking activities.

Scanned Items as Mementoes

If the item you scanned played a role in the memory you’re scrapbooking about, why not include it as a picture?

If it’s a baby shower layout, scan in the booties that you knitted for the new addition.

If it’s a gardening theme, scan in some leaves and flowers picked from your garden.

Spent a day at the beach? Scan in a seashell that you collected.

Scanned Items as Buttons, Borders and Backgrounds

Your scanned images have multiple uses beyond displaying the pictures in your layouts. If you have photo editing software, you can edit or combine your images in any number of ways to create custom borders, backgrounds, buttons and embellishments.

Software applications vary in terms of features. I used Adobe Photoshop CS to make the button shown, but you could do it with Adobe Photoshop Elements and probably many other applications as well.

To make the button,

  • I selected a square of the scanned lace, then copied it and pasted it into a new file.
  • Next, I used the Magnetic Lasso Tool to select the elephant from the elephant pin picture.
  • Once selected, I copied and pasted it into a new layer in the new button file, and moved the layer so the elephant is centered.
  • Lastly I used a filter to create the 3D button effect.

That’s just one example of the myriad possibilities that open up when you’re working digitally.

Getting the Resolution Right

When working with scanned images, resolution plays an important role.

If you are planning to print your images, you need a resolution of at least 300 dpi, or dots per inch.

Set the scanner to scan at the highest resolution possible if printing is your goal.

If you plan on displaying the image on a computer or web site only, then the resolution requirements are much less. 72 dpi is considered the ideal resolution for Web viewing.

Remember that a 72 dpi image will look great on the computer – but if you print it, it will be blurry and lack definition. What you see is definitely not what you get when we are talking about digital images and printing.

Why not give this a try?

Post a comment and let us know how you incorporate scanned objects into your scrapbooking or paper craft projects.

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