Digital scrapbooking tutorial

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Wish Upon A Star

Here’s a digital scrapbooking tutorial for creating a layout item using our  wish upon a star kit.

I believe you have already downloaded, installed and launched your GIMP software. You will usually have three windows open; the toolbox to your left, the main window in the middle and the options window to your right. For now, we will concentrate mainly on the middle window, as it has everything you need. Let’s get started.

Download the zipped kit from the shop, extract the files in a location in your computer that you will remember, like your desktop. You will pick your background and embellishments from this file. Launch the GIMP software. Open the menu item ‘file’ and select ‘open as layers’ from that menu as shown below.

open first layer

A window will pop up, prompting you to select a file. Remember that ‘wish upon a star’ file I had asked you to extract and save somewhere like your desktop? Go to that file, and select a background image that pleases you, like I have done below.


Next, we will select one of the images that we want to use in this project. We do so by adding another layer, just like we did with the background.

The photo appears at the center of your selected canvas; move it  a little to the side or to a position that works best for you. You get to select the move tool by selecting the ‘tools’ menu, then ‘transform tools’ then ‘move’ as illustrated below. Once selected, click on your image and then drag and drop it onto your desired position for it.

You can choose to crop the photo to a little smaller size. If this is what you want to do, use the crop tool; you will get it in the ‘tools’ menu, then ‘transform tools’ and then select ‘crop’. Hold down the cursor at the corner of the area you want to crop, and drag until the whole area is selected. Press ‘enter’ to finish cropping.

moved photo1

Next, we select the embellishment that we want to use as our photo frames. You guessed it! We add the embellishment as another layer. See how easy this is?

Go through the file you had extracted, and select the frame you want to use. I chose this round vintage looking frame.

embellished first photo

Move the embellishment around using the ‘move’ tool to a position relevant to your photo.

You are almost done! Add some more photos just like we did previously, as layers. Add some more embellishments, as layers. Move them around, use the transform tools to create the exact look that you want.I added one more photo and a few more embellishments.


Don’t forget to save your work. Happy digital scrapbooking!

You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.

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Digital Scrapbooking Kits - a DVD for digital scrapbooking beginners

Digital Scrapbooking Kits

What are digital scrapbooking kits?

Traditional Paper Scrapbooking supplies usually do not come in a kit – means usually you have to buy papers and elements separately. In digital scrapbooking this is different. You can get a huge set considered as a digital scrapbooking kit with elements and papers. Sometimes your digital scrapbooking kit contains even clusters, stacked papers and an alpha included, depending on the designer. A digital scrapbooking kit has several advantages towards a traditional scrapbooking kit. The biggest advantage ever is that you can re-use the items you get mostly as a download bundle (you can also order them on DVD). And one thing I really like: I don’t have a huge mess. Once I turn off my computer I’m finished. I don’t need a separate room to sort my stuff and I don’t spend 100s of Dollar to finish one single photo book.

Things have changed: before you had a digital camera the only way to get your photos was to ask a photo service to print them out. Today you mostly don’t print them. You load them to your computer and just ask online services to print the best ones. Or you create a digital product such as DVD with a slideshow and text (as I described in the Muvee Tutorial). There is not much need anymore for paper scrapbooking. Many people of course still do paper scrapbooking the traditional way just because they have never heard of digital scrapbooking kits. That’s fine but maybe it’s time to change. Even if you still want to do it the traditional way – you could print out digital scrapbooking items on your home printer, cut them and use as a traditional scrapbook.

All digital scrapbooking kits are created in 300 dpi. This means that they are optimized for printing. But you can also create your scrapbook in a photo editing program or scrapbooking software and ask an online photo service to print them. Whatever you do – you’ll have a great scrapbook which will help you to preserve your memories forever.

You can find hundreds of different digital scrapbooking kits in our store but you also get one free (if you want to try out scrapbooking) when you sign up for our newsletter.

If you have questions about digital scrapbooking kits please feel free to leave a comment. We are here to help you make the best memories you can.

Get started with our Digital Scrapbooking DVD…

Digital Scrapbooking Kits - a DVD for digital scrapbooking beginners
Digital Scrapbooking Kits – a DVD for digital scrapbooking beginners
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My double Backup Strategy

My double Backup Strategy

My double Backup StrategyI’ve never been a backup-hero. I usually trusted in my computer (and God obviously) that nothing would happen. So far nothing really serious happened. I lost some files here and there but it was more annoying than really bad. But since I have to do with people all day and I answer tons of emails I hear at least once per week that a hard drive failed, crashed or worse – a virus got on the computer.

And since I rely on my computer I thought that a new backup strategy would help me to keep my business alive.

Today backing up my files is essential for me. I have two – set it and forget it strategies – those work best for me because I’m still not a backup-hero 😉

I thought I show you my double backup strategy.

There are things you can do to keep yourself and your valuable files safe without even thinking of backups and, whenever you are in trouble, you just get your files back.

For me, my computer is “everything” – I do not mean that it is the most valuable in my life but with everything I mean that I store not just my personal but also my business life on it. I use a MacBook Pro with all I can ask for – I basically can just grab my MacBook, walk out of the door and can run my business from wherever I am in the world – as long as I have an Internet connection. That is what I call freedom! But still, if I’d loose my Laptop or it would be stolen, or lost in a fire – what do I do then?

Right – I need a backup. I even have two. Let me explain this further:

1. Home Backup

I have an external hard drive which is connected to my home network – a Time Capsule – set it and forget it – that is Apple’s slogan and that’s what I like. I just set it up over my Mac and then let it do the rest. It backs up my files every hour, so when I miss a file and something is failing – I just go back in time and get the file back. This is great when I ever lose my laptop or it gets stolen. I “just” need a new one and can import my data again – and beside the financial loss for the laptop all would be fine.

2. Online Backup

Nobody backs up a back up or? I hope I don’t sound paranoid as I’m not – but I do. As I said – think of a fire or something and my Time Capsule and MacBook would be gone. And with it all my photos, music, business data, all passwords, usernames, earning summaries! So I spend some dollars every month on Mozy, an online back up service. Some people think that it is not very secure to upload my personal data somewhere on the Internet. Yeah, that’s true – of course there can always be a hack on their site as well although I bet they have super high security standards BUT – who really is interested in my little business? Losing this data would be a real catastrophe for me personal but I bet the real hackers do not look for my personal photos 😉

So I just got Mozy – 2 GB are even free when you sign up so for many this will be already enough.

Have a look at it here:

Mozy Online Backup – 2GB Free

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Hybrid Scrapbooking

How to start Hybrid Scrapbooking with Digital Kits

Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started can be intimidating. The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook. And you don't have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.

What you need to Paper Scrapbook with Digital Kits

You can start scrapbooking in three ways. There is traditional scrapbooking where you need papers and embellishments (and I promise you'll love to shop them but it can become expensive!). You can also scrapbook digitally where you "just" need your computer, an image editing program, your favorite digital kit and later on a printer. But you can also grab the best from both worlds and do hybrid scrapbooking which means that you use digital scrapbooking kits, print them and scrapbook traditionally.

Having said that it's a way to start scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you'll need for Hybrid Scrapbooking:

Hybrid Scrapbooking

The easiest way is to buy a digital kit, print out what you like and need and paper scrapbook with it. Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes or you create them yourself - I have several videos for different scrapbooks on my YouTube Channel. The most popular sizes are a Traveler's Notebook in 8.25 x 4.25, Letter Size in 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". Although in our Digital Scrapbooking Kits Papers come in 12x12 I'd be careful with that size because most of us do not have a 12x12 printer at home. So it's better to print the 12x12 pages on A4 or Letter Size paper.

Your Scrapbook Paper is the basis for each page. So it's a good idea to print them on stronger paper, maybe with about 40 lb.

You can easily get by with just a good pair of scissors. But an Exacto knife* might make photo cropping easier. And if you're no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper trimmer*. 

There are all sorts of adhesives* one could use for scrapbooking. Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. Some scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications. But when you're getting started, just use what you're most comfortable with. 

Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they've accumulated over the years. This makes for a nice, nostalgic album. Of course you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook. Your mobile phone and a photo printer* are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier and we all have it with us all day. When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it's important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos. You are on the safe side with digital scrapbooking - you choose the paper where you print your backgrounds and embellishments on.

Hybrid Scrapbooking in Short

Basic Techniques to Paper Scrapbook

You don't have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album. Just a few simple techniques will suffice.
One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos. This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.
Journaling (aka Storytelling!) gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch. Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.
Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. You don't have to border all four sides. A strip along the top, side or bottom will do.
For easy embellishing, use some stickers. There's no need to throw in the towel if you don't have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks. Just start off simple, and learn new techniques as you go.

A Fresh Start Freebie

Yes! You just found a Hidden Gem! 

You'll find this beautiful Cluster for the Digital Scrapbooking Kit "A Fresh Start" in our store. You also see there what you can do with a single cluster!

Just go over and download it.

Go here

Just two samples what you can do with the Digital Scrapbooking Cluster:

You can also do all this with each and every digital scrapbooking kit.

Choose a digital scrapbooking kit of your liking and start hybrid scrapbooking.
Find more digital scrapbooking kits here

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