Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Scrapbooking Series:
Make a Scrapbook Page


Introduction to Scrapbooking

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Welcome to my scrapbook tutorial series! Some of my scrapbooking tutorials are in the free area of my site, and some are in the members area. However, I've put thumbnails and links to ALL tutorials in both areas, so no matter where you are on the site, you'll be able to find the scrapbooking tuts.

In the free area of my site, you'll find the tutorials here. In the members area, you'll find the tutorials here You'll also find more information about scrapping, and some tips on those pages as well.

Have you gotten into scrapbooking yet? It's a lovely way to preserve your most precious memories and histories. Scrapbooking has been around for several hundred years, but it has been the last 20 or so that folks have embraced it in a big way, and now with computers, the possibilites for scrapbooking have been greatly enhanced.

Scrapping is a deeply personal venture. It's a way to preserve memories. When you do a scrapbook, there is no right or wrong way - it's personal, it's history, it's art, it's about YOU.

Scrapbooks can include almost anything - photographs, drawings, memoirs, quotes, poetry, newspaper/magazine articles, recipes, greeting cards, and just about anything else that would have some personal meaning to you. They are decorated with any variety of elements such as buttons, string, ribbon, and so forth. You also add text elements to the scrapbook pages, such as poems, sayings, journaling, titles.

There are several ways folks do scrapping these days:

  1. You can just create it with paper and real 3D elements, as a page to be included in a book.
  2. You can use computer graphics programs to create items, which can then be printed out and used in the scrapbook.
  3. You can create the entire scrapbook on the computer, just for digital use (e.g., posting it to your webpage, sending my email, etc). The project is entirely digital, not for printing.
  4. A combination of these methods.

This tutorial will show you how to create a basic scrapbook page. You can print the page out or you can just use it digitally. Feel free to use this as a guideline, and change the items around as you wish.

This tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro versions 9 and 7.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 9 (and have made comments for PSP 7 users as appropriate). If you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial for use with other versions as well, without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Items to include on your page. You can create the elements I'm using here, or if you wish, you may use your own. Also, you'll need a photograph approximately 7 x 5 inches (make sure it's resolution is minimally 200 pixels/inch). If you want to make a totally digital scrapbook (not for printing), I'm providing the picture I've used in this tutorial for you to download.

My gradient. Place this in your PSP gradients folder.

You may download my materials (they're zipped) here.

My color chart. Right click on it and save to your computer. Or alternatively, you can click on it and drag it onto your canvas.

Step 1. Open up a new image in PSP.

The size of your image will depend on how you intend to use it. If you're going to print it out, you'll probably want to make it something like 8.5 x 11 inches, or 12 x 12 inches, with an image resolution of 300 pixels/inch (some folks say they get good results at 200, so feel free to experiment with that if you wish). [Note: If you're using these file sizes, the image will take up quite a bit of memory in PSP, so you may want to make sure you have any other programs closed]

[A note about printing: Most home computers will print 8.5 x 11 size paper (although there are printers now available that will print larger sizes). If you don't have a printer, or if you want a larger size not accommodated by your printer, you can save your scrapbook page on CD and take it to some place like Kinkos, and they'll print it out for you].

I'm going to do this tutorial digitally (not for printing), so my image is going to be 500 x 500, at 72 dpi.

Open up the color chart and paste as a new layer onto your canvas. Move to the top, out of the way. When you need a color, just click on it with the dropper tool.

Step 2. First, you'll make the background paper. You can use whatever background you wish. I decided to make mine kind of textury. Set your foreground to color #2. Choose your paintbrush, size 4. Draw some squiggly lines on your paper, similar to mine.

Now go to Effects>art media effects>brush strokes, using the settings in the screenshot (color is color #3).


Step 3. Open up the image you want to use for your scrapbook page. I added a border to mine (image>add border>size 3). Use color #4.

Copy the image (edit>copy). Return to your canvas and paste it as a new layer (edit>paste as new layer).

Step 4. Add a new layer. Place it underneath the picture. Choose your selection tool>rectangle, and draw a box approximately120x80 (watch the numbers at the bottom of your screen). [Note: If you're doing a print version, you'll need to make your box larger, approximately 115 x 135].


Flood fill the selection with color #4. Copy it (edit>copy) and paste as a new selection (edit>paste as new selection). Move it down to the bottom of the picture. Paste another selection in the middle. It should look similar to this.

Step 5. Select and float the bars you just drew (selections>select all>selections>float). Set your foreground to color #2. Choose your paintbrush, size 1, and paint some squiggly lines similar to mine.

Then go to Effects>art media effects>brush strokes, and use same settings as before.


Now arrange your picture and bars until they are approximately in the center of the canvas (or if you wish, you could arrange them differently - feel free to experiment with layouts).

Step 6. Apply a drop shadow to both your picture layer and your bars layer. Use these settings:

Step 7. Add a new layer. Choose your selection tool, rectangle, and draw a small box at the bottom right of your picture, approximately 165 x 210 (note: if you're printing, draw it approximately 250 x 300).

Set your foreground to color #2. Choose your paintbrush, size 4. Draw some squiggly lines on your paper. Effects>art media effects>brush strokes (same settings as before). Lower the opacity of this layer (go to your layers palette and move the slider down), to about 65.

Choose a font of your choice (I'm using Freestyle Script, size 14, Bold), and a color for your text (I'm using color #4), and type whatever text you wish. [Note: If you're printing, your text will need to be larger - adjust it as you need to to fit onto your text box].

Step 8. Add a new layer. Go ahead and add a title to your page, using the same font (I've changed the size to 30 - adjust it larger if you're printing).

Step 9. Now you'll just add whatever elements you want to your page.

Add a new layer. Set your foreground to the gradient that you downloaded ("pracken_howl2), using these settings: angle 0 repeats 0, style rectangular, horizontal 50, vertical 50. Set your background to null.

Choose your preset shapes tool, square, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw a small box, approximately 15 x 15 [Note: if you're printing, make it approximately 50 x 50]. Place it on the upper left corner of your picture.

Edit>copy>edit>paste as new selection, and move to the top right corner. Repeat for the other two corners.

Add a drop shadow, same settings as before.

Step 10. Add a new layer. Keep your foreground on the same gradient, background null. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Use the same settings as in the last step, except change the width to 12. Draw a circle approximately 24 x 24 [Note: If you're printing, draw it approximately 70 x 70]. Place it on the top horizontal bar.

Edit>copy>edit>paste as new selection. Move it to the middle bar. Repeat and move to the bottom bar.

Apply a drop shadow, same settings as before.

Step 11. Add a new layer. Place it underneath your buttons. Set your foreground color to #1, background null.

Choose your pen tool>draw freehand, and use the settings in the screenshot.

Draw some strands of string down your buttons. Change the color to #2 and draw some more, mixing them in with the ones you just drew. When done, right click>apply.

Now draw some bow shapes underneath your top button. Right click>apply.

Apply a drop shadow, changing settings to: vertical 2, horizontal 2, opacity 30, blur 4 (feel free to adjust these settings as you wish - experiment). You should have something similar to this.

Step 12. Add a new layer, and place it on top of the buttons. You just need to draw a few strands to make them look as though they're coming through the button holes, similar to this.


Step 13. And that's it, all done! Feel free to add other items to your page if you wish. Save as a psp file, with all layers intact. That way it's easy to go back later and change things around as you wish.

To use on the web, or to print, just delete the color chart, them merge visible layers (layers>merge visible). Save in whatever format you wish (I usually save in jpg or gif).

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and please be sure to drop back by, as I'll be adding more scrapbooking tutorials to my site.

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This tutorial was created on March 26, 2005.
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