Digital Scrapbooking Freebies for a Happy New Year

Download Free Images for a Happy New Year

Digital scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories. Capture the excitement and fun of your New Year's celebration with these free digital papers and embellishments. When you print the pages out, you can remember Auld Lang Syne, or times gone by.

For those who are new to digital scrapbooking, most people use Photoshop Elements to create the page layouts. The author of this article uses GIMP, an open-source (free) photo editing software. For fellow GIMP users, I have written a digital scrapbooking tutorial for GIMP.

I generally print my digital pages through an online service, such as Scrapbooks Please (they print 12" x 12" and 8" x 8" pages as well as complete books). Other digital photo printing services will work, so long as they offer 12" x 12" or 8" x 8" printing sizes.

Word Art for New Year's Eve

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Auld Lang Syne word art. Ring in the new! Word art for free download. Several images of years for use on a New Year's digital scrapbook page.
Auld Lang Syne word art.
Auld Lang Syne word art. | Source
Ring in the new! Word art for free download.
Ring in the new! Word art for free download. | Source
Several images of years for use on a New Year's digital scrapbook page.
Several images of years for use on a New Year's digital scrapbook page. | Source

Word Art and Titles

Did you know that Auld Lang Syne is an old Scottish song? It was passed down orally until the 1700's, when the first penned versions appeared (with variable spelling). The song we know today was written by Robert Burns, and it is commonly sung as the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. The Auld Lang Syne word art would make a great title for a page featuring friends and family, remembering years gone by.

Capture the excitement of the new year with the "ring in the new!" word art. All title images are .png files for easy placement onto digital papers - simply resize the image to fit your page layout.

Several year images (starting with 2012) are placed onto a single digital file - simply download the page and select the year you would like to capture. Copy and paste the image of the current year onto your new digital page, and adjust the size as needed.

Free Digital Papers: Happy New Year

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Paper background with champagne glasses Plain, cloth-like digital background for digital scrapbookingStarry paper with a bold central banner for your New Year's memories!
Paper background with champagne glasses
Paper background with champagne glasses | Source
Plain, cloth-like digital background for digital scrapbooking
Plain, cloth-like digital background for digital scrapbooking | Source
Starry paper with a bold central banner for your New Year's memories!
Starry paper with a bold central banner for your New Year's memories! | Source

New Year's Scrapbooking Papers

I have created three digital paper backgrounds with the New Year's theme - one paper features miniature champagne glasses scattered over a blue background. The middle paper is free from any designs, but features a cloth-like texture. The last paper is rather bold, and features a starry background with a bold central stripe.

Simply choose the photos and embellishments you would like to add you your page and layer them on top of the background paper. Add a frame or mat to photos to help them "pop" on the page! You can also layer different paper types to create a multi-dimensional feel to the page.

These digital papers are all high quality .jpg files and are suitable for printing 12" x 12" scrapbook pages.

Free New Year's Embellishments

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Gold and purple stars scatter lightly over a background.Balloons are a must for any New Year's party!Fireworks light the sky on New Year's Eve.Let's make a little noise as the old year passes!A frame for New Year's photos.
Gold and purple stars scatter lightly over a background.
Gold and purple stars scatter lightly over a background. | Source
Balloons are a must for any New Year's party!
Balloons are a must for any New Year's party! | Source
Fireworks light the sky on New Year's Eve.
Fireworks light the sky on New Year's Eve. | Source
Let's make a little noise as the old year passes!
Let's make a little noise as the old year passes! | Source
A frame for New Year's photos.
A frame for New Year's photos. | Source

Happy New Year Embellishments

All of these page "embellishments" are created as .png files to layer on top of a digital background. The star scatter can be scaled to fit the page, and creates a starry, glittery background behind photos or to fill in a blank area on the page.

Balloons, fireworks and a noise maker are also offered as embellishments for your New Year's Eve scrapbook. These items are easily scaled and added to your page to re-create the party atmosphere! Change the size, rotate, or flip these objects to create a unique layout for your pictures.

The last item offered is a digital frame, featuring starts and streamers. Simply layer it over a chosen photo and adjust the scale to fit! Feel free to download these images for your own use, and create a beautiful keepsake for years to come!

Digital or Paper Scrapbooking: A Poll

Do you create paper scrapbook pages or digital scrapbooks?

  • I prefer to create paper scrapbook pages with papers, die cuts, and other real embellishments.
  • I prefer digital scrapbooking: less mess, less cost, and beautiful layouts!
  • I don't scrapbook - I put my photos in a picture album.
  • Print pictures? I haven't printed my digital photos in years!
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frugalfamily 4 years ago from Houston, TX

A digital scrapbook is on my to do list this year. Thanks for the free tips!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

It is really a great way to preserve memories, particularly for those who already love scrapbooking. It is pretty inexpensive, too - the last time I printed, the 12 x 12 pages from scrapbooks please were $0.99 per page. Since you don't have to buy paper, tape, glue, and other things from the craft store, the printing fee is much cheaper than doing "real" scrapbooking. And the pages are really beautiful - there are some gorgeous galleries out there!


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

I am always busy scrapbooking also writing a few hubs on the subject but like to share new ideas so thanks for yours.

Happy scrapbooking!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

It is fun, LadyLyell! I have several digital albums. I need to finish them, though - one of these days I'm going to buy Photoshop Elements. I love the GIMP, but our poor old computer is wheezing its last breaths these days, and GIMP tends to crash a lot. I've heard that PSE works great for scrapbooking with far fewer crashes.


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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

That was a very informative hub. thank you for the read Leahlefler.I will vote you up.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Kevin! I hope other digital scrapbookers will get some use out of the freebies!


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labnol 4 years ago

Great Stuff on your Hub.

Liked it.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is a great option for people who are saving space in their home. Also it is a great backup for treasured photos. One can have both digital and physical.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks labnol! It is a fun way to create really cute photo memories!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

It is a lot of fun, Hyphenbird - I print my digital pages so I have both the electronic version and the physical version. There is a really neat look to paper-made scrapbooks, but I stopped when I had my little one because it was too messy and time consuming with two small kids in the house. Now I do the digital and get the cute look with less time and less mess/expense. I do need to finish my youngest son's baby book, though (a scrapbook with paper and cut-outs, I only have the first few weeks done in it)!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thank you for the great resources!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks for the comment randomcreative! I hope you have a Happy New Year!


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PrairieRain 4 years ago from Midwestern U.S.

Thanks for some wonderful resources for the New Year!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, PrairieRain! I love New Year's Eve - Happy New Year to you!


sabrina 4 years ago

i want a happy new year baloon right now so i can print it out do you have one i can printout from sabrina


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Hi Sabrina - do you want a single balloon that says, "Happy New Year?" I could create one and you could download the image and then print it.

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