Theme – Santa

Christmas season is just around the corner which means another reason to celebrate and be jolly! While some of us are busy decorating and putting up the Christmas tree, others tend to be more excited to meet and greet the most iconic character in the whole world—Santa Claus.

Also known as the Father of Christmas, Santa Claus has been a part of many people’s lives, especially the kids, for so many centuries. He is a symbol of goodwill, selfless giving, and sharing. People all over the world try to follow his values and good deeds which makes the annual festival even more meaningful. Although there are folks who think Santa is just a part of Christmas fantasy, we believe that he will always exist as long as someone believes that giving is more rewarding than receiving.

Do you get flooded by memories whenever you hear the word ‘Santa’? Or you and your loved ones have unforgettable moments with him, perhaps? Well, it’s time to have some scrapping fun! Here are some layouts that will surely spark your creativity this holiday season.

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Theme – On The Road

Being on the road is one of the best activities where you can feel most alive. It provides a level of freedom and excitement that simply couldn’t be obtained in any other way. Although organizing a trip somewhere can be challenging, the benefits it brings outweighs those little inconveniences. That’s why we can’t blame some people who find it addicting.

With proper planning and preparation, you can easily achieve an enjoyable and worry-free time while on the road and heading to your destination. Just keep in mind that you have to be ready not just financially but also physically, mentally and emotionally so you can fully savor the trip itself and meet your requirements and expectations as well. Plus don’t forget to breathe in the fresh air from your car seat and wear a smile because after all, a trip away from home and work should all be about relaxation and fun experiences.

What does hitting the road feels like for you? Do you love being on the road? If yes, then we’re pretty sure you’ve taken lots of pictures while on a road trip with family or friends. Time to take them out and display them on a layout! Here are some projects you can take inspiration from.

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Theme – Sunset

A beautiful sunset is one of the most amazing sights you can enjoy without having to spend any penny. It is also among the most desirable subjects that photographers love to shoot. Well...aside from the fact that you can catch it wherever you may be, you can definitely achieve a great photo of it without having to put too much effort. Sunset possesses a charm that enchants the eye and it’s simply cannot be replicated.

We know the sunset is more than just a pretty view or a scientific phenomenon. Most people think of it as a sign that the day is finally over—it’s time to kick back and relax. Some see it as a moment for reflection while others refer it as a beautiful ending and another opportunity to be better and do better. Sunsets also bring a sense of completion, joy, hope, peace and an unexplainable satisfaction.

How about you, what does sunset mean to you? Do you like watching the sun go down? Are you one of those who love taking sunset pics? Here’s a fantastic theme that will help you show off those awesome sunset image collections you’ve got!

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Theme – Underwater

Being underwater is one of the purest forms of pleasure. It provides people not just a unique experience but also an opportunity to be mindful and focus on the present moment. No wonder a lot of people crave going to the beach, make a splash or dive deep into the ocean.

Aside from the happiness and calming effect you get from dipping underwater, the sights can also leave you spellbound. There are numerous kinds of coral and marine species that you can find. Some are weird-looking and most are fascinating. It’s truly an amazing world, especially when you get to see what underwater has in store for you!

Do you love being underwater? Why not capture your favorite underwater moments and showcase them! Here’s a cool theme that will inspire you.

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How to add a frame to a photo

In various sites online, you can find frames for photos. They can be free or they can be purchased. Some frames are simple, rectangular and of the same size as your photo. That is great. However, you might end up with frames and photos of different size, different proportion or even different shape. How can you use them to create a great looking montage? 

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Creating a Silhouette with PaintShop Pro

Although silhouettes are often sought by photographers, one has to be at the right place at the right time, with the right lighting. This is not given to everyone. And sometimes you might want to use a silhouette based on an element or person in your photo. Unless you have a subject in front of a very light background and uniform background, you can’t just adjust the brightness to get silhouette in one step. It is fairly easy if you are to use some of the tools in Paintshop Pro. Here is a simple tutorial on how to achieve that result.

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4 reasons to use BIG photos

When you create layouts traditionally, you are mostly limited by the size of the printed photos you have on hand. It is quite unusual for a paper scrapper to have a photo that will cover all or most of their 12x12 layout, but if you are a digital scrapbooker, you have that option as many digital photos are now quite large, or if that is not the case, you can always enlarge them (but that will require some extra steps). Why or when would you want to use a very large photo on your layout? Let's have a look at a few such reasons.

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48 hours of free tutorials for DSD

Digital Scrapbook Day is coming November 3rd. For that occasion we are planning to offer you a glimpse of the classroom for free. Twelve Paintshop Pro tutorials will be available for you over a 48 hour span on November 3-4. Every tutorial will be presented 4 times so you will be able to access them … Read more 48 hours of free tutorials for DSD

A photo is worth 1,000 words… really?

We all know of the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and we have certainly seen some of those; photos that are beyond words, photos that “say it all”. The truth is that not all photos say that much. In fact, most photos don’t tell anything to someone who was not there when it was taken. If you want to use those photos in a scrapbooking page, you will have to tell it yourself.

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Scrapping in the New Year – Project 365

Digital scrapbooking can be an ongoing activity or revolve around a specific project. You might want to create an album for your last vacation, or simply bring out the old photos stacked in a box. Another new type of project has recently combined some photography goals and digital scrapbooking goals; it is called Project 365.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in Digital Scrapbooking

RRR-200 Considering that digital scrapbooking does not take up physical space and can be much less expensive than purchasing the same amount of paper, brushes, and other elements in paper scrapping, it is very easy to gather a lot of supplies. How many digital supplies do you have on your computer? How much paper do you really require for your scrapping needs? How many different flowers? We are all familiar with the 3R’s as in the phrase “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”. It is a great approach for “waste management” that can save money. But did you know that similar principles can be applied to digital scrapbooking? Let’s see how you can do just that.

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10 more Common Mistakes in Digital Scrapbooking

Last week, I posted 10 mistakes that were commonly seen while digital scrapbooking, and several scrappers added a few more to the list. So here is a follow-up with more mistakes one can see in digital layouts. 1- Missing Shadows This can either be a beginner’s error or a slip of the mind. Beginners might … Read more 10 more Common Mistakes in Digital Scrapbooking

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