How to Create Vellum Paper for Digital Scrapbooking

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How to Create Vellum Paper for Digital Scrapbooking
Create vellum for digital scrapbooking. (mouse 3 image by Dr.Szirmai János from

If you're new to the world of digital scrapbooking, you may be wondering how to make vellum paper for your designs. Vellum paper is often used in scrapbooking to create eye-catching borders around photos or to highlight text and journal entries. Creating digital vellum paper in your scrapbook design is fairly simple, whether you're using Adobe software or Paint Shop Pro. The instructions will vary slightly for each program, but the process is basically the same.

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  1. 1

    Open the digital scrapbook file you want to create vellum for. If you're not already working on it, then go to the tool bar and choose File, then Open, and select the file you'd like to work with.

  2. 2

    Select the Marquee tool and draw a rectangle (or other shape, such as a circle). This should automatically create a new layer.

  3. 3

    Fill the rectangle with the colour you want for your vellum. Depending on your software, either left-click and choose "Fill..." from the pop-up menu, or click on the rectangle and drag it to a new, blank document. In the new document, left-click on "Move" and drag a white rectangle back to your original scrapbook file.

  4. 4

    Place the newly filled rectangle where you want it in your design. If you need to adjust the layer placement, you can drag the vellum layer lower down the layer palette to move it below other elements.

  5. 5

    Adjust the Opacity level in the layer palette. This is located in the upper right part of the palette box. A good rule of thumb is to lower it between 50 per cent and 80 per cent, but adjust it to any opacity that suits your design.

  6. 6

    Save the file to make sure you don't lose your changes, and add any remaining text or graphic elements to finish off your digital scrapbook design.

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