My Most Used Scrapping Trick

I have an issue with borders and frames. My eye “needs” a boundary on a photo, on a page. I need a stopping point to keep my eye from wandering. That is why there is some kind of border around almost all my pages (stitching, doodles, paper frame) and why almost all my photos have a white border on them. It is the easiest (and fastest way) to make a photo really stand out and draw the eye. Here are a few examples:





(on a side note, I picked these layouts because of their white border on the photos but I soon noticed that that all also had a page frame. At least I am consistent 🙂

Luckily, putting a border on your photos is REALLY easy. I remember when I first started scrapping and I cut out a white piece of paper and put it underneath the photo, always frustrated because I couldn’t get the dimensions even. And then I learned the beauty of the stroke.

To easily add a border to your photos

(these instructions are for PSE but can be done in other programs as well)


1. Select the layer you want to add a border to. Go to edit > stroke (outline) selection

picture-42. Set your desired width (I usually use 25-35 pixels for a photo).

3. Choose your border color.

4. Select you type of stroke: for a border you want to choose INSIDE stroke (meaning that the border will go 25 pixels INTO your photo, not add to the outside of your photo.) I will show you why this is important in a minute.

5. Click OK.


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6. DONE….easy as that!


Now this is why you need to choose an inside stroke. In the above image, an outside stroke was chosen. For some reason, it creates a wonky cut-off corner on your border. And unless it is still 1995 and you are paper scrapping with wavy scissors and construction paper, I can’t think of why you would want your border to look like that.

So there you have it — my number one digi scrapping “tool.” Couldn’t live without it.

updated: you can see a video tutorial for this technique on Planet Photoshop, or you might want to do this in Gimp, or Paint Shop Pro