How to Consistently Create a Great Digital Scrapbooking Layout

Are you struggling to consistently create layouts you like? Or do you find yourself drowning in graphics unsure how to use them? Knowing your go-to graphics and steps for completing a layout is key both for consistently creating layouts you like and in selecting kits and graphics that will work for you. I'll share my list with you and I hope it inspires you to make your own list.

great digital scrapbooking layout

My Main Process for Creating a Digital Scrapbooking Layout
My main process for creating a layout is to use lots of paper layers or lots of elements, rarely both. Layering a lot of paper together is my go-to look. When I feel like I want to do something different, I cluster a lot of elements together. For me, more is better.

I love to create layers when scrapbooking. And for me it's not necessarily the end look that I prefer, but the actual process of doing it. I admire lots of scrapbooking styles, including a minimal look. But I don't enjoy the process of making a minimal layout, so I don't scrapbook with that end goal in mind. Instead I focus on the parts of the process I do enjoy, which for me is adding a lot of stuff onto the canvas.

Lately I've been challenging myself to use less paper layers and cluster more elements together. When I feel like things are getting stale, I focus on this switch in my process

how to consistently create a great digital scrapbooking layout

My Go-To Graphics for Digital Scrapbooking
Whatever I'm doing, I know I'll include these elements:

  • Sequins/scatters
  • Paint
  • Scrappy layers like spikes, vellum, kraft pieces, cardboard
  • Flowers and leaves
  • Word labels

great pocket style digital scrapbooking layout

Paper-wise I know that whatever I'm doing there will probably not be enough small, simple patterns in whatever kit I'm using. For all the paper layering I do, especially in my pocket layouts, I always run out of papers with small and simple patterns. Because I think more is more I get bored with too many solid papers, but also I do need to reign it in a bit and limit the number of big, bold patterns I'm using. So while a big bold pattern will catch my eye when I'm looking through a digital scrapbooking kit, I know that I also need to check out what other papers are included to make sure the kit will work for me.

What are your go to steps and graphics list?

How To Consistently Create a Great Digital Scrapbook Layout

Recent Comments

Alianne Cecile
Alianne Cecile Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:06

As a beginner and a mom with limited time and energy, I like using mini kits. I do a very basic/minimal layout with 2 or 3 papers, 2 or 3 elements, a title, a date, and some journaling. Also, I fit 1-2 pictures on an 8.5 by 11 page. My pages look SUPER bare compared to many beautiful pages I see on here, but I try not to compare myself and I try to take joy in what I create. My kids LOVE my pages and I think the simpler style makes it more accessible to them. It also helps me get it DONE rather than stressing over each little element. I do want to branch out and start layering my elements more, because I like the look. Great tips!

Louyse Toupin
Louyse Toupin Mon, 05/17/2021 - 08:09

This very useful, thank ou very much.

Millie Gagliano
Millie Gagliano Sat, 05/15/2021 - 18:36

Thanks for the great tips here. love it.

Becky Wooler
Becky Wooler Fri, 05/14/2021 - 10:20

Great examples! A lot of my go-tos are very similar to yours, as I love mixing prints and throwing paint and flowers on there. I also tend to default towards brighter colors (especially shades of blue), and I seem to use buttons or stringy bits a lot. Probably a nod to my sewing hobby.

Domi Luc
Domi Luc Fri, 05/14/2021 - 04:25

Yes ! I like papers with small patterns, they are easier to include, to overlap.
Thank you.

Christina Carrano
Christina Carrano Fri, 05/14/2021 - 04:10

Terrific post! It's good to refocus yourself and have items you're used to working with. I know I need to start branching out and try new things; it's just actually forcing myself to do it that's the problem. lol

Bina Greene
Bina Greene Fri, 05/14/2021 - 03:45

Great post, fabulous example pages. Thanks.

Bourico Casper
Bourico Casper Fri, 05/14/2021 - 02:00

Very beautiful Marisa!