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Fun with Digital Scrapbooks and Photoshop Layers

Years ago I wanted to learn how make graphic designs using Photoshop layers. I found a way that meant I not only learnt these skills, but I created something that I still enjoy today, after more than ten years. What I've ended up are beautiful small photo albums that I still pick up and flip through every now and then.

I'm guessing there are people out there who are also just starting out in graphic design, so I thought I'd pass on a few tips. Digital Scrapbooks are fun to put together, give your photos a new lease of life, and by creating booklets of your designs you'll end up with great gifts and keepsakes.
If you go to somewhere like mymemories.com you can buy and download scrapbook kits. These are only a few dollars each and contain images that, when stacked in Photoshop layers, make beautiful designs with your photos as the focus. The three images above were all created using the same kit, called Winter Rose. The elements that make up this pack are below.
On the right is how I stacked the layers to build the first design. Once you've made a collection of images you can then go to a Photobook website, select a square photobook and build your booklet. Don't forget to make a cover! I selected a size around 18cm x 18cm, chose a glossy finish, and spiral binding.

I don't know about you, but I have thousands of photos on my computer that I rarely look at. This is a way of using your photos in a creative way and making something that you're more likely to look at again. Photobooks are also a great way of sharing your favourite pics with friends and family members, particularly if they are made up of more than just photos. They'll be treasured for years if your beautiful scrapbooks feature photos of loved people, places and pets.

Here's a few digital scrapbooks I put together that I'm really happy with...

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