12x12 Photo Background | Digital Scrapbook Layout

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A couple ideas to consider:

1. Use a photo to fill your entire background. I've done this a few times in the past and I love it. Here's another recent one that's a traditional paper scrapbook layout (includes a how-to) which could be easily translated to digital.

2. Take an element, such as a tag, and mask a photo inside. The lower tag shown in the layout above is simply one of the Awakening Tags with a photo masked into it.

3. Add elements on top of other elements to create something new. I masked the crayon-drawn heart onto the middle tag to create a new design.

4. Using the eye-dropper tool take color from your photo and then repeat it two more times. I took a red color from Anna's boots in the bottom photo tag and recolored the crayon-drawn heart and the arrows on the long vertical word art.

5. Erase stuff to make it work. I erased the bottom portion of one of the journal blocks from my Story HandDrawn package because I just wanted to use just the word art. Don't be afraid to erase (make friends with saving and with undoing). Also don't forget that you can rotate things. I rotated the "remember this lovely little story" and adjusted it to be the same width as the tags so that they create a nice straight column along the right side.

6. Sometimes the story is short. Hooray! I added just a bit of journaling onto the masked photo tag that references the date, place and why we were there.


TAGS | AE Awakening Tag Collection
WORD ART | AE This One (coming this weekend), AE Outline Moments, AE For The Love Of Love, AE Story HandDrawn Journal Blocks
STITCHING | Anna Aspnes StraightLine Stitched White No.2

Interested in getting started with digital scrapbooking or learning more about using your computer for telling your stories? Check out my list of posts and video tutorials on my Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking page. All video tutorials can also be found in my Video Tutorial category archive or check them all out together on my Vimeo channel.

31 thoughts

  1. dawn

    2011-03-10 09:30:21 -0500

    so cute and precious. love it

  2. Stefanie

    2011-03-10 09:41:52 -0500

    Very cute. I like the layout, you can do alot with it.

  3. Nicky from Canada

    2011-03-10 10:15:40 -0500

    Perfect - I love using full photo pages

  4. Dori

    2011-03-10 10:19:13 -0500

    OhMyWord so precious!

  5. Lee

    2011-03-10 10:40:46 -0500

    "Love this" indeed! GREAT layout :)

  6. Kim

    2011-03-10 10:43:10 -0500

    I realllllllllllllllly need to break down & get PSE now!

  7. Dee

    2011-03-10 10:54:49 -0500

    Do you think any of this could be done on the NEW Ipad?
    Just dreaming how easy it would be to get digital pages done during all the "waiting periods" of my day...

    I suppose Photoshop requires too much memory for the Ipad???
    Do you know??

  8. Patricia

    2011-03-10 10:57:32 -0500

    Such sweet photos ~ love this! I don't do any scrapping digitally, but this sure makes me wish I did!

  9. Susie Leggett

    2011-03-10 11:48:18 -0500

    Oh Ali, this is precious of your little Anna. I so love incorporating your digital elements in my layouts, which are mostly hybrid. Sometimes I will purchase one of your layout templates both for the design and also because I love the elements you've included. I might use the whole template on a digital layout and then simply pull one of the elements (the layer from the template) and use it for a hybrid page.

    I am loving the 'love this' arrow. Is that coming this weekend? Thanks so much for all of your creative inspiration and wonderful products Ali.

  10. Nicol

    2011-03-10 11:50:00 -0500

    I love this!

  11. Shelley

    2011-03-10 11:51:32 -0500

    These are great tips--thanks Ali!

  12. Laura D.

    2011-03-10 12:33:31 -0500

    Ali, if you don't mind me asking, how many megapixels is your camera? I have an 8 megapixel point and shoot and the pictures right out of camera are not high resolution enough to print 12 x 12 at 300 dpi. Thanks.

  13. JC

    2011-03-10 12:49:32 -0500

    Love this!

  14. madeline St onge

    2011-03-10 13:48:29 -0500

    Love this Ali, what a great LO and I will say it again, your baby girl just makes me smile. What a doll

  15. lisa

    2011-03-10 17:00:18 -0500

    Ali, I'm curious. When you take a photo like this, are you mindful of the open space that will allow you to do a full page photo layout with journalling, or is it a happy thing you notice later. I have been wanting to try journalling on a photo, but there is rarely a space to do so. Most often this is due to the stuff in my house. But I think maybe I need to start watching for scrappable spaces in addition to moments to remember.

  16. Jennifer Levin

    2011-03-10 17:07:32 -0500

    Oh my goodness! Anna is adorable in that tutu!! I love this layout. I have yet to do an all digital layout, but I will say you make it seem so easy!

    I have a printer question. I have the HP Photosmart B8550 (I think you have the same or similar). I'm noticing that when I print a 6 x 4 photo (or any size photo, for that matter) and I choose to print "borderless" it sort of cuts off or zooms in on my photo. It doesn't look that way in the print preview.

    I especially noticed this just now when I tried to print a photo with one of your overlays. It cut off part of the overlay.

    So the questions are: Is there a way to prevent this? Am I doing something wrong? Does this happen to you?

    I hope you can shed some light on this for me.

    Thanks so much! ~Jen

  17. Jules

    2011-03-10 18:59:27 -0500

    I adore Anna's style - you can't go wrong with boots and a tutu in my opinion :) Just too cute for words !!!

  18. Debbie S.

    2011-03-10 19:35:45 -0500

    Great tips! I have been learning so much PSE from you lately, mostly from Y & T...thank you! I feel like these lessons are helping me so much with the memory keeping processes. And it's fun! Thanks, Ali P.S. That skirt is FABULOUS! :) Love it...

  19. PattiP

    2011-03-11 13:19:22 -0500

    So lovely. I need to remember to do this more. And to use photo overlays more. I love them.

  20. Susanne

    2011-03-13 18:17:55 -0400

    So lovely!

  21. Heather H

    2011-03-14 15:41:00 -0400

    Another fabulous layout Ali, I just love it. Your little girl is growing up so fast... she is going to be a beauty! :) Also thanks for writing about the customizations you made to the digital products as you were creating this layout. I work so much with paper that sometimes I forget about the flexibility of digital products. :)

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  23. Kris

    2011-03-21 20:55:14 -0400

    I just love the look of the photo filling the entire page!
    Your digi stuff is my favorite...my pages don't seem complete unless they have at least one AE thing on them :)

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