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Making a Simple Scrapbook Frame

By Wendy Williams  ·  June 12th, 2008

Frames are something that lots of us use in scrapbook pages and they can be quite complex to make. It is possible, however, to make a simple frame quite easily by using one of your scrapbook papers. So let’s do just that.

First create a new File. File>New>Blank File 12 inches x 12 inches, resolution 300, RGB with a white background. Then just to make it easier for you to see I filled this layer with pale blue. If you wish to do the same thing then just set your foreground colour to dffcfa and do Edit>Fill Layer.

Next open up one of your scrapbook papers and copy it over into your new file. To do that just click on the paper, do Select>All then Edit>Copy. Then click on your new file and do Edit>Paste.

At this stage you may need to reduce the size of the paper a little. If so then select the move tool, click on the paper, move the cursor into the corner and drag inwards a little.

Next create a new layer above the background Layer>New>Layer and call this layer “Frame”. Then using the Rectangular Marquee make a square about this size

You need next to do Edit>Copy Merged, then Edit>Paste and call this new Layer “Frame”

Go to the Layers Palette, switch off the eyeball next to the “Paper” Layer and your image should now look something like this.

Next, using the Rectangular Marquee, make a smaller square inside the existing square of paper, something like this one.

Now do Edit>Delete to remove the centre and that will give you the basic shape of your frame

It looks OK but needs some finishing touches so next create a new layer above the “Frame” Layer. Layer>New>Layer and call it “Stroke”

Go to the Layers Palette and Control Click (Mac: Command Click) on the “Frame” Layer to regain the selection but do make sure that your “Stroke” Layer is still the active layer.

Choose for your foreground colour a slightly darker or lighter shade than the scrapbook paper you used and then do Edit>Stroke Selection. Choose 25 pixels inside and click on OK.

Next apply a Bevel to the “Stroke” Layer. The Bevel I used is Pillow Emboss, and once you have done that then your frame should look something like this.

At this stage you can add any embellishment you like to complete the frame but for mine I am going to use a Butterfly from the Custom Shapes Set.

If you wish to do the same then select the Butterfly Custom Shape and drag it out on the image.

When you have done that you need to simplify the Butterfly Shape. Layer>Simplify Layer and then add a Bevel Layer Style to it. I used the Scalloped Edge and also I rotated the Butterfly slightly.

Next duplicate the Butterfly Layer and use the move tool to make it slightly smaller. When you do that the layer style will look different to the original one so go the layers palette and double click on the style icon next to the Butterfly Copy layer. In PSE6 this is a small fx.

When the box come up you need to change the Bevel Size to 18

This adjustment will reduce the bevel size and it will then match the first Butterfly. Again rotate the Butterfly slightly as I have done in the next image.

Repeat this procedure to make another smaller Butterfly but this time reduce the Bevel size to 15 and again rotate it slightly. Once you have done that then your frame is completed.

Here is another one I made but for this I made two frames, one slightly larger that the other and placed one on top of the other. I also used a scrapbook paper to make my Butterflies..

There is so much that you can do with your frames, try adding different coloured strokes in different widths and use any type of embellishment that you have. Most of all have fun, try things out and do remember to experiment and enjoy.


2 Replies to Making a Simple Scrapbook Frame:

  1. Gail

    November 14, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Thanks, I loved this tutorial and especially like how you used it in the example at the end. Any chance on a tutorial of how you made the ribbon?

  2. Diana

    September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. I am making a scrapbook, found I did not have frames to print. I wanted asimple tutorial to make some with my background papers. Thanks again.

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