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Articles tagged with scrapbook backgrounds



Easter Shapes

By Karen Brockney  ·  April 16th, 2014

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Use the Shape tool to create these cute Easter shapes that can be used to create a pattern for digital scrapbook paper.


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How to Create and Apply Five Essential Patterns

By Liz Ness  ·  November 20th, 2012

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Patterns can be used for all sorts of projects, from birth announcements to unique photo borders. Liz shows you how to make your own basic patterns and then how to apply them in multiple ways!


Making a Deckle-Edged Mat

By Wendy Williams  ·  June 23rd, 2010

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Here’s a quick and easy way to make a deckle-edged mat, which you can use in scrapbook pages, greeting cards and more.


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Argyle Pattern Play

By Liz Ness  ·  May 3rd, 2010

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Brimming with nostalgia and surprisingly easy to create, an argyle pattern makes a great background for your next project.


Making a Grid for Scrapbook Pages

By Wendy Williams  ·  March 29th, 2010

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Grids are a great way to frame images and once you have made the initial pattern, they are so flexible to use.


Making a Simple Lace Mat

By Wendy Williams  ·  November 12th, 2008

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Lace mats are quite popular in scrapbooking so I thought that I would do a tutorial showing you how to make a simple brush and then use that brush to make some lace for trimming a mat.

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Yipes, Stripes! Weaving Wave Filter Magic

By Diana Day  ·  September 5th, 2008

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you a clever and almost magical way to create stripes and checks using the Gradient tool and the Wave filter. This unique method is so quick and easy, you may find yourself adding stripes to your layouts just for fun.


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Yipes! More Stripes!

By Diana Day  ·  September 5th, 2008

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This companion article to my tutorial in the magazine will give you further tips and ideas for creating stripes and checks.


Weaving Ribbons

By Wendy Williams  ·  July 31st, 2008

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Despite their complicated appearance, weaving ribbons is not too difficult a technique. It is really effective when you use it on a scrapbook page.


Making Stained Glass

By Wendy Williams  ·  June 19th, 2008

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Here’s a tutorial for creating a very cool stained-glass effect, which you can use on your scrapbook pages, or on cards and other projects.


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Backgrounds From Custom Shapes

By Corey Barker  ·  March 23rd, 2008

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Create really cool backgrounds using custom shapes.


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Create Grungy Backgrounds With Custom Brushes

By Diana Day  ·  March 3rd, 2008

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Do you admire those popular grungy backgrounds and wish you could make your own? Here’s an easy and fun technique that utilizes some of the many free brushes available online. In the process, we’ll also take advantage of two often-overlooked tools: dodge and burn.


Making Plaid Patterns

By Wendy Williams  ·  September 11th, 2007

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Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for making plaid patterns that you can use for backgrounds, papers, buttons and more.


Making a Checked Pattern

By Wendy Williams  ·  June 22nd, 2007

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First stage of making our pattern is to create a new file. File>New>Blank File … I used 980 pixels by 770 pixels, Resolution 300, RGB with a white background Now you have to be pretty accurate at this stage so…


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Touched By An Angel

By Suzanne Hillyer  ·  May 21st, 2007

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In this tutorial you’ll learn how you can add an ethereal touch to your photo and make it all your own by means of a brush you create with your own words.


Making Marble

By Wendy Williams  ·  March 19th, 2007

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When I am creating my own images I often make textures and I thought it would be interesting to show you how I make one of them. So let’s make Marble.


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All Grunged Up

By Irene O'Neill  ·  February 20th, 2007

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Here’s how you can digitally distress your layouts to get this grungy look that’s a popular scrapbooking trend.


Making a Formal Presentation Background

By Wendy Williams  ·  October 10th, 2006

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This is one I made a little while ago and I think that it goes really well with wedding or formal photographs. This works by using soft, very similar shades of the same color but it can also be adapted so that it will work with all sorts of other images.


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From Pixels To Patterns

By Irene O’Neill  ·  July 22nd, 2006

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In Elements, it’s easy to create your own repeating patterns using the shapes already provided. You can then save them as permanent additions to Elements’ patterns so you can use them again and again to create beautiful patterned papers for your scrapbook pages.


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Create Scrapbook Backgrounds

By Rozanne Paxman  ·  June 12th, 2006

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Did you know that the best scrapbooking tools you have are close-up photos of random items such as rocks, leaves, dirt, and chipped paint? You can use them to make wonderful brushes that are useful for creating your own scrapbooking backgrounds.

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