by Paula Gilarde

Don’t have the right embellishment for your page? Use Photoshop (or even Word if you’re handy with its drawing features) to create shapes, then add color and text for a custom embellishment you can print, trim, and mount on your paper scrapbook page

On “Fair” I used digital brushes to make the “cool” and “playtime” circles. You could also create your own design without a brush.

scrapbook page by Paula Gilarde

How-to do this with no digital product:

1. Open a new canvas in your page layout software.

2. Draw a shape–like a circle–and fill with a color. In Photoshop Elements and CS, do this using the Ellipse tool.

3. Add a new layer above the shape layer. Use the text tool  to add a word (in a color that stands out against the shape) to go with your page theme.

4. Print out the shape and trim or punch it with a circle punch.

How to do this using a digital image:

On “Fair,” used Katie Pertiet’s Graphic Pop Circles brushes-n-stamps.

1. Open a new canvas in your page layout software. Open a digital image to be used.

2. Drag this digital image onto the canvas and resize as desired.

3. . Recolor if needed. Make your digital image layer active. Ctrl-click on the thumbnail for this layer in the layers palette. Select >Edit >Fill and choose a color to fill with. Press Ctrl-D to deselect the area you’ve just filled

4. Print out the shape and trim or punch it with a circle punch.

 

Paula Gilarde is an equal opportunities scrapbooker, spending most of her free time creating paper, digital or hybrid scrapbook layouts. She is on the creative team at Designer Digitals and Jillibean Soup and has been published in all the major scrapbook industry magazines. You can find out more about her and purchase her introductory digital scrapbooking class at her website:http://paulagilarde.com