Archive | Digital Scrapbooking

Sometimes called computer scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking lets you create fabulous and real looking scrapbook layouts without the mess and and fuss of traditional scrapbooking. And there’s no cleaning up!

Free Halloween Wort Art

Digital scrapbooking freebies

Well we’re coming up to that popcorn and pumpkin time of year.

And whilst I’m gobsmacked at how quickly this year has sped by, I’m really looking forward to the next one because there’s a lot of good stuff in plan for 2013.

But before we get there we’ve got a few milestones still to go in 2012.

Halloween being one of them.

So I thought I’d give you some Halloween word art in plenty of time for you to use it on your party invitations or your Halloween cards. Or even to use as decoration.


To download the word art just right mouse click on the image and choose Save Target as… or Save Link as…

Don’t forget, you can use your graphics editing software to resize or recolor the word art so that it suits the color scheme of whatever you’re using it for.

And if you’d like to have a go at making you own word art, here’s a video I made to show you how to do it.

But back to Halloween word art

Here are another couple of pieces of free Halloween Word Art you might like.

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Scrapbooking outside the Square

Generally speaking scrapbook layouts tend to be square.

Or sometimes rectangular shape.

And that’s usually pretty much it.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Let’s explore some ideas for scrapbooking outside the square and adding some extra variety to your scrapbook layouts.

Well the first shape that springs to mind after Square and Rectangle has got to be Circle doesn’t it?

And a circular scrapbook layout is so easy to make. And can be so effective.

See how I made this scrapbook layout here

And by the way, this works for both digital scrapbookers and traditional ones too.

OK so let’s try something a little bit more adventurous.

How about this Heart shaped layout I made for my daughter for Valentine’s Day?

I reckon it looks pretty cool; what do you say? And being a non standard shape gives it some extra ooomph.

You can get instructions for how to make a scrapbook layout like this here.

And yes, it works for both digital scrapbookers and paper scrapbookers.

Want some more shaped scrapbook layouts?

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Digital Scrapbook Freebie Collection

I realised the other day that I’ve been writing Scraps of Mind for over six and a half years!

In the world of blogging that’s a very long time. I started a clean up of my Favorites/Bookmarks list and was amazed at how many sites I used to visit a few years ago are no longer in operation today.

And over this journey I’ve had the pleasure of giving you a fair few scrapbook freebies.

So I’ve had a rummage in the archives and collected a bunch of Scraps of Mind freebies that are still available on this site.

So without further ado, I bring you

Drum roll please…

The Scraps of Mind Digital Scrapbook Freebie Collection

The Ultimate Digital Scrapbook Freebie

Naturally I couldn’t do this list without kicking off with The Garden Party ultimate digital scrapbook freebie. If you’re not part of the Garden Party then zoom up to that sign-up box at the top of the sidebar and come join us to get your humungous free digital scrapbook kit. Click on the image above to find out what it’s all about.

free digital scrapbooking azza templateI really like the AZZA scrapbooking style so I made a free digital scrapbook template that lets you create your own digital version of AZZA.

Click on the image to go to the download post.


free digital scrapbook recipe bookOr how about a beautiful recipe book of yummy treats that are a feast for the eyes as well as for the tum.

Click on the image to go to the free scrapbook recipe download page.

You want more? We got more!

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Scrapbook Overlays

Garden Party Digital Scrapbook Freebie

Digital scrapbook overlays are one of the most versatile elements you can use.

They can take a plain paper and dress it up.

They can add a whole new level of dimension to a layout

They can help to unify and ground your scrapbook  layout design by providing an all round border.

They can be blended using the blending mode function in your graphics editing software to create heaps of different looks.

The list goes on. But I think you probably get the idea.

I like scrapbook overlays.

So I was a bit surprised when I discovered that I hadn’t included one in the Free Garden Party Mega Kit (if you’re not a member of  The Garden Party you can see what it’s about here).

… until now.

Click on the image to download

Don’t know how to use it?

Well here are some ideas

First drag the overlay onto your layout. (Tip: Hold the control key down whilst you drag. You’ll keep a better grip on it that way.)

  • You can recolor it by using the change color function in your software (Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue.Saturation in Photoshop Elements).
  • You can adjust the opacity to make it a softer border.
  • You can add a shadow to give it some extra dimension.
  • You can play with the blending modes in your software to change the look and feel of it. In the scrapbook layout below I’ve used the Luminosity blending mode to get this soft look.

  • You can do various combinations of the above. You might find that some actions will cancel out others. For example if you add a shadow after you’ve chosen a blending mode your overlay will revert back to Normal. Add your shadow first and then add the blending mode.
  • You can drag it down to the size of your photo and sit it on top to make a soft translucent frame.

And if you’ve never used overlays before I have a couple of video tutorials that will give you step by step help as well as showing you lots of other cool digital scrapbooking techniques. You can check them out here: Intermediate Tutorial 3 and Advanced Tutorial 4

They each come with their own complimentary digital scrapbooking kit which includes at least one overlay.

I hope you enjoy playing with the Garden Party Overlay. And please do upload a copy of any scrapbook layouts or cards that you make with it to the Garden Party Facebook Page.

Let me know what you think. And please share this on Facebook or Twitter or wherever you talk with other scrapbookers.

How to use QuickPages in My Memories Suite

Quite a lot of you took advantage of the Scraps of Mind discount coupon to buy My Memories Suite when I did my review a few months ago. Incidentally the discount is still available to you. Details at the end of this post.

Even though My Memories Suite is super quick and easy to learn and to use, the web site still has lots of video tutorials to help you get the hang of things.

I thought this tutorial on using QuickPages might be something you’ll find handy. The first minute is promotional blurb but the rest is full of info not only on how to use the QuickPages to create instant digital scrapbook layouts, but also stuff on how to find QuickPages on the website, how to find your downloads on your computer etc.

The demo uses a very cute freebie QuickPage so you can go and do the same layout yourself with your own photos.

And yes, in case you didn’t realise, My Memories Suite web site has loads of freebies for you to download, and not just QuickPages either. Also you can use them with other software such as Photoshop Elements.

So here’s the video tutorial and don’t forget to check the Scraps of Mind discount deal below if you want to buy your own copy of My Memories Suite.




Get your Scraps of Mind discount on My Memories Suite

All you need to do is paste my special Scraps of Mind promotion code into the Promo Code box in the shopping cart

and you’ll get a whopping $10 discount of f the price of your My Memories Suite

PLUS you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to spend in their store.

So click here to go to My Memories Suite

And make sure you paste this code into the Promo Code box to get your Scraps of Mind Discount:


And you’ll be making digital scrapbook layouts in a fraction of the time it takes to watch this 20 minute video.