Background Papers and Elements

So you have your cool photo editing program, or layout program.  If you purchased a program specifically geared to digital scrapbooking it probably came with access to some free kits, but then there’s just so much you can do with them.

When I was into paper scrapping, I was a paper, sticker, die-cut, hoarder! 😀 I couldn’t pass up those aisles in the craft stores, and I could literally spend hours browsing.  Of course it didn’t help that we didn’t have access to those things here in Ecuador, so I was having to think about bringing stuff back with me to last a while. 😉

Well, the fact is I’m not much better when it comes to digital! :p  I have  amassed a  huge collection.  The really cool thing is that it’s never “used up!”  When I first started, I actually made some of my backgrounds.  Here is an example of a few backgrounds I made for my son’s birthday book, just by taking photos of some of the decorations and then using them as my backgrounds.  I played with these once I put them in my program…changing the opacity, cropping, etc.





You can find lots of tutorials and classes to help you learn to make your own  papers and elements.

BUT, we don’t all have the time, nor the inclination to be that creative just to scrap a page.   There are beautiful kits and supplies out there and most of them are very reasonably priced.   If you are looking for a particular style or theme you are sure to find it.

One more thing about “kits” before we close… just like your photos, you have to figure out how and where you are going to save them.  In the beginning I had no thought at all about ever posting my layouts on the web.  So I didn’t really see the point of saving all those TOU’s that came with the kits.  I renamed kits and split up papers and elements by style/theme/or colors.   It all made sense to me at the time.  Now, I have a folder for each store… then each designer in that store… and each kit goes under it’s designer.   That way when I post a layout, I can easily credit the designer.   I do this for all my kits, whether I get them for free or purchase them.  It is important to read the “TOU’s”.  Pay careful attention to whether the kit has been designed for PU (personal use only) or CU (Commercial use).  It’s always good to know what the actual “Terms Of Use” are, before you get started. 🙂



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