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Christmas Digital Scrapbooking Freebies

Updated on July 26, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking: A Free Way to Store Memories

Digital scrapbooking is a neat, mess-free way to create one of a kind picture albums. Creating digital page layouts is fairly easy, and is also completely free when a free photo editor like GIMP is used.

Simply download papers and embellishments (like those found on this page), and open the paper background in your favorite photo editor. Add a new layer and copy and paste the desired digital scrapbooking element into the new layer. Adjust the size of the element or the photograph until it fits the scale of your page. When the scrapbooking page is complete, merge the layers and save the file under a new name.

There are several sources for free digital scrapbooking papers, embellishments, and layouts on the web. In general, a digital page will require a paper background, picture frames, a title, and the photographs you wish to insert into the page. This article will contain several free Christmas embellishments for digital scrapbooking.

Digital Christmas Paper

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Backgrounds for digital scrapbooks: feel free to download and use for your own projects!Snowflake paper for digital scrapbooks.
Backgrounds for digital scrapbooks: feel free to download and use for your own projects!
Backgrounds for digital scrapbooks: feel free to download and use for your own projects! | Source
Snowflake paper for digital scrapbooks.
Snowflake paper for digital scrapbooks.

Paper Backgrounds

The first layer of most digital scrapbook pages is the "paper" background. I have created two backgrounds: one is red with holly berry accents in the corners, and the other is a blue paper with snowflakes scattered in a pattern. The holly paper works well with Christmas photographs of any type, and the snowflake paper can be used for any winter themes, including sledding and ice skating pictures.

These papers can be used with other embellishments you already own, or they can be used with the other embellishments provided on this page. Try layering different papers to create a multi-dimensional look! If you do not like the holly accents on the paper, you can simply cover them with digital ribbons, buttons, or picture frames.

Be Merry Digital Title

Every page needs a title!
Every page needs a title! | Source

Digital Word Art

Every page needs a title, and "Be Merry" fits the Christmas theme well. This word art is a .png file, so simply create a new layer and copy and paste the image onto your digital scrapbooking paper. Adjust the scale of the title to fit the page.

Digital Embellishments

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A holly-wreath button to adorn your digital page.A digital tag to add to your Christmas page.A digital snowflake for scrapbooking.Another digital snowflake embellishment.
A holly-wreath button to adorn your digital page.
A holly-wreath button to adorn your digital page. | Source
A digital tag to add to your Christmas page.
A digital tag to add to your Christmas page. | Source
A digital snowflake for scrapbooking.
A digital snowflake for scrapbooking. | Source
Another digital snowflake embellishment.
Another digital snowflake embellishment. | Source

Free Scrapbooking Embellishments

Every digital page needs various elements to create a hand-crafted look. I have created a button surrounded by a ribbon-wreath, which can be placed at the edge of a picture frame. Adjust the button to fit the scale of your page, and add it in a new layer.

I have also created a Christmas tag. Simply use a text editor to place your own words into the tag: something like "Christmas 2012" would remind you of when the photos were taken.

The snowflakes work well with a general winter theme: one flake is crystalline, while the other is an old-fashioned crocheted snowflake. These can be used with the snowflake paper above, or with your other digital scrapbooking files.

Frames for Digital Scrapbooking

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This digital frame fits the Christmas theme.This frame fits the snowflake theme.
This digital frame fits the Christmas theme.
This digital frame fits the Christmas theme. | Source
This frame fits the snowflake theme.
This frame fits the snowflake theme. | Source

Frames for Digital Scrapbooking

I have created two frames for use with these pages: one fits the snowflake theme, and the other fits the holly/Christmas theme. Copy these frames to a new layer in your photo editing program, then copy your photograph to another layer. Be sure to move the layer containing the photograph under the layer containing the digital frame.

All of these files are .png format, and will work easily with any photo editing program. While I use (and recommend) GIMP, many digital scrapbookers use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Simply download these files, then open them in your digital photo editor to begin creating a work of art that will showcase treasured memories!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks, Peggy! I love digital scrapbooking, because I can create such cute layouts and preserve our memories. I have some wonderful pictures from our trip to Pittsburgh a couple of years ago, and the layouts are so cute! It's pretty inexpensive, too, since so many items are available for free.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is all very interesting and a wonderful way to archive photos using a beautiful format. Thanks!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks, randomcreative! I scrapbook a lot of our pictures, and turned to digital scrapbooking because I can create unique pages without any mess.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great resource! Thanks!

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