Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Scrapbooking Series
Welcome to my scrapbooking 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 (as well as other information and tips about scrapping) here.

In the members area, you'll find the tutorials here. Also, in the Members Area, you will find a ton of already premade materials you can download for your scrapbooking projects. If you would like to join my members area, just go here.

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 scrapbooking 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.

My tutorials will show you how to create scrapbook materials that can be used either digitally or printed out.

A note about sizes: 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, 12 x 12, or 13 x 19 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're interested in learning more about these wide format printers, here are a couple of links that may help: http://www.theprinterdatabase.com/ and http://www.steves-digicams.com/printers.html. 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.].

The tutorials on this page were originally done in PSP 9, and as appropriate, I've made changes for PSP 7 users. PSP X users should also be able to do these tutorials without difficulty. I am in the process of updating all of the tutorials on my site so they will be compatible with PSP X, PSP 9, and PSP7.

Before completing any of my tutorials, please be sure to read my Terms of Use.

The tutorials on this page were originally done in PSP X, and as appropriate, I've made changes for other versions.

Note: Click on a thumbnail or link below to take you to the tutorial.


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