Digital Scrapbooking Acronyms and Terminology


When I (Katie) first entered the digital scrapbooking world 5 years ago, I felt like I was in a foreign country. I had no idea what most of the people were talking about! Now I often take it for granted that I can easily converse in both “digi-speak” and “forum-language” lol! 🙂 without always realizing that not everyone is fluent in this terminology.

We here at The Daily Digi want you to have a reference to bookmark and come back to anytime you have a question. We were all new once, and in our fast growing community, there are often new terms and words to learn. No one knows it all, not even us! So if you find an acronym or word that isn’t on this list – please send it our way. 🙂


365 – Also known as “Project 365” or “Photo 365”. Refers to the challenge of taking a picture every day of the year. See our big list of Project 365 resources

AAM – All About Me. Refers to layouts or albums centering around a page about a person. Usually includes information about likes and dislikes and/or personality traits.

ACDSee – A software program developed by ACD systems to manage photo and image organization. Used by many digital scrapbookers to sort, organize, and tag supplies. See our post on ACDSee for more information, as well as our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

ACTIONS – A Photoshop action is a saved set of tasks or steps performed in Photoshop that are combined into a one-step process. See our posts on actions and using an action in Photoshop and Elements.

ART RAGE – A software program by Ambient Design for digital painting and adding creative effects to photographs and digital supplies. See our post about Art Rage here

ATC – Artist Trading Card. These miniature works of art can be created in many mediums, including digital. The canvas size is typically 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches. They are often swapped with other artists or collected in a similar way to other trading cards such as baseball cards.

AUTO – The automatic setting on a camera. The camera determines how to take the picture without any input from the user. Read our tips on Getting Out of Auto

BALANCE – How the visual weight is distributed on a layout. See our design principles post on Balance

BLINKIE – A small graphic (often rotating or flashing in some way) to advertise a site, a favorite designer, or announce a team position. Digital scrapbookers will often display blinkies in a forum signature line, or on a blog. Grab a Daily Digi blinkie and find some great blinkie tutorials here.

BOM – Book of Me. An album about one person (often the person who is usually the scrapbooker). This term comes from Angie Pedersen’s The Book of Me publication.

BRUSH – A tool in Photoshop to customize the shape and appearance of lines. See our posts on brush basics and creating your own brush from a .png file. When you are ready to get more advanced, check out beyond brush basics.

BW – Black and White photo. See our tips for Better Black and Whites

CALIBRATE – Adjusting a computer monitor to display colors to a standard color scale. Calibration is the best way to ensure that printed layouts look the same as they do on a computer screen. Be sure to check out this post on calibrating your monitor

CHAT – An online chat where digital scrapbookers gather together to talk (type) at a specific time. Many chats are organized by digital stores and/or designers and often have a giveaway product for the attendees as an incentive.

CLUSTER – A grouping of digital embellishments. See our how-to guide for clustering elements

CONTRAST – Difference in design elements to create visual emphasis. Read our design principles post on Contrast

CREDITS – A list of the materials used to create a layout or project. When posting a digital layout in a gallery or online, it is a nice courtesy to list the “ingredients’ used so others can find them as well. See our tip for keeping track of credits on a layout

CROP – A physical or virtual gathering of scrapbookers for the purpose of creating layouts. Digital scrapbookers attend crops as well – either in person by bringing their laptops to a gathering, or virtually by meeting in a chat room or forum and following assigned topics or challenges.

CROPPING – Reducing the size of a photo, or cutting out a specific area of a picture to use. Just like with paper scrapping, you can crop pictures to use on digital layouts. See our tips for digitally cropping photos

CS – Creative Suite by Adobe. A collection of Adobe programs that includes Photoshop and other programs such as InDesign, Some digiscrapers use the term CS interchangeably with Photoshop because PS is part of the Creative Suite. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

CT – Creative Team. This is a team that is put together by a online store or digital designer to help them showcase their products and designs. Creative Team members are usually required to create and post a certain number of layouts in exchange for free product and/or other benefits.

DESIGNER – A person who creates digital and/or paper products for scrapbookers to use.

DIGI – An abbreviation for digital scrapboooking.

DPI – Dots Per Inch which is a measure of printing resolution. The industry standard for digital scrapbooking products is 300 dpi.

DROP SHADOWS – Shadowing added by a digital program to add dimension and realism to digital scrapbook layouts. See our post on drop shadows.

DSLR – Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. Learn more about DSLR cameras with our posts on I need a new camera, and You must have a great camera.

DT – Design Team. Another name for Creative Team.

EHD – External Hard Drive which is a storage device for files that is separate from a main computer. It is portable and plugs into the computer via USB drive. See our post on backups.

ELEMENT – A term for a digital scrapbooking item that is not a paper. Used interchangeably with the the term “embellishment”.

EMBELLIE or ELLIE – Shortened form of “embellishment”.

EMBELLISHMENT – See definition for “element”.

EMPHASIS – The most noticeable part of a design. See our design principles post on Emphasis

EXTRACT – To digitally remove all background from an object such as cutting around a flower in the photo and keeping only the single flower image. Extract can also mean to unzip a file.

FLASH DRIVE – A small USB drive for saving and transporting files.

FLICKR – An online storage site that offers both free and paid photo storage, as well as groups and social sharing. Check out our post about flickr and be sure to join our flickr group.

FONTS – A complete set of characters used for typing on a computer. See Fabulous Fonts for Titles and Font Organization for more information.

FOTO FUSION – See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

FREEBIES – Something given out for free! See our post on freebies for some great resources. Also check out the information about sharing files – it’s not ok to share files, even if they are free.

GRAYSCALE – A colorless image or element meant to be re-colored. See our post on working with grayscales

HERITAGE SCRAPBOOKING – Scrapbook layouts created about generations that came before you. Find some great Heritage Scrapbooking Inspiration here

HYBRID – Combining digital techniques and/or product with traditional scrapbooking techniques and/or product. See our ‘hybrid helps’ category for some ideas.

INDESIGN – A software program by Adobe that is often used by designers and/or graphic artists for e-zine or e-book creation.

JPEG or JPG –A file format used for storing and transporting photographs and digital images. For a more detailed explanation visit the Wikipedia page.

JOURNALING – The words included on a scrapbook layout.

JUMP DRIVE – A small USB drive for saving and transporting files.

KITS – A coordinated collection of digital papers and embellishments that are sold together as a set. See Getting the Most from your Kits for some great ideas.

LAYERS – Similar to a set of transparencies that can be stacked on top of each other, to create your layout, used in Photoshop programs (in paper scrapbooking, these are the different layers of papers and items that make up your layout).

LEVELS – An adjustment tool in Photoshop programs to control the brightness of an image. Read up on our great tips for working with levels.

LIFT – Copying (with credit) another scrapper’s layout. Be sure to read our post on lifting a layout

LO – Layout

LOTW – Layout of the Week. Several sites and forums use this acronym when they pick a favorite layout to showcase.

MAC – The operating system for an Apple computer.

NSBR – Non-Scrap Book Related. This term is used in scrapbooking forums to indicate that the post is off the regular topic of scrapbooking.

ONLINE BACKUP – Storing photos and digital files on the internet. See our post on backups.

PC –Personal Computer (usually with a Microsoft platform)

PHOTO EDITING –Making changes to a photograph in a digital editing program.

PICASA – A free photo editing and organization program from Google. Check out this post on how to use Picasa

PHOTOBOOK – A scrapbook or photo album that is printed and bound all at once as a stand-alone project. See our how-to guide for planning a photobook, how-to guide for printing photobooks, and our review of photobook printers.

PIXELS – The tiniest piece of a digital image. See the pixel entry on Wikipedia for more technical information.

PNG – Portable Network Graphics file format used for storing and transporting digital images. Mainly used for embellishments that require a clear background area. See the png Wikipedia entry for more technical information.

POINT AND SHOOT – A compact camera that does not have interchangeable lenses.

POST PROCESSING – Any digital adjustments made to a photograph after it is taken.

PPI – Pixels Per Inch. A measurement of the pixel density of devices such as cameras, computers, and scanners.

PS – Photoshop by Adobe. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

PSD – A Photoshop document that saves in layered format.

PSE – Photoshop Elements (Adobe). Often followed by a number to refer to the release version such as: PSE8 = Photoshop Elements version 8. A consumer priced version of Photoshop. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

PSCS – Photoshop Creative Suite from Adobe. A professional level photo editing, management, and graphic design program. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

PSP – Paint Shop Pro. A graphic editing software program by Corel used for digital scrapbooking. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

QP – Quickpage or Quick Page. A predesigned digital scrapbook page saved in a flattened form with a transparent spot(s) for a photo(s). The only thing left to do is to add a photo or photos.

QUICKPAGE – A predesigned digital scrapbook page saved in a flattened form. The only thing left to do is to add a photo or photos.

RESIZE – To make an image smaller in compression to optimize web viewing and save on bandwidth space. See our post on resizing

SBR – Scrap Book Related. Pertaining to the topic of scrapbooking.

SCRAPLIFT Be sure to read our post on lifting a layout

SCREEN SHOT – A captured shot of the full computer screen on a computer. See how to take a screen shot post for more information.

SEPIA – A tone applied to photographs to enhance brown and gray colors. Read our tips on Easy Sepia Tones

SOOC – Straight Out Of Camera with no editing.

TAGGING – To assign a keyword or term with a data file. Tags can be added to photos and/or digital scrapbooking supplies through computer system folder management or various software programs. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

TDD – Acronym for The Daily Digi

TEMPLATE – A guide for page design. In the digital scrapbooking world, this almost always refers to a layered template file (psd or tiff) that will ‘cut’ your papers and photos to a shape and size with just a couple keystrokes. It looks similar to a paper scrapbooking ‘sketch’. Read our Layered Templates and Making Templates Work for You posts.

TEXT ON A PATH – Text that follows the outside or inside edge of a shape. Read our post on how to create a text path

TIFF – Tagged Image File Format. A flexible format that can accommodate layered files. For more technical information see the Wikipedia entry.

TITLE WORK – The art of creating a title for a layout. Check out our title-related posts; Terrific Titles for Scrapbook Pages, Fabulous Fonts for Titles, and Cutting Out Titles

TUT – Abbreviation for tutorial.

TWO PAGE LAYOUTS – A layout that spans two pages and looks cohesive in design across the space of an open book. See our post on 2 page layouts and also check out 2 page layouts from templates

TUTORIAL – A step by step description of how to do something. Can be in written, audio, or video form.

UNZIP – To open or undo the zip file format that digital products are delivered in. See our post on Unzipping Fast

WHITE BALANCE – White Balance is a special in-camera setting that adjusts the colors of the image as accurate as possible. White balance can also be adjusted in post-processing using photo-editing programs such a Photoshop. Check out our post on Working with White Balance

If you like to hang out in online forums or chat via email or text, you will find this link to be very useful:

Now you can speak like a seasoned digi scrapper!