Learning From Paper Scrapbook Pages


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Even though I scrapbook digitally, I love to spend time in the paper scrapbook galleries. This is partly due to the fact that my scrapbook style tends more toward the “paper-style” of digi scrapping and partly because there is so much great inspiration in the paper galleries.

This post is going to highlight just a few of the great paper scrapbooking trends and techniques that I’ve come across, shown in digital format. There are some amazing digi scrappers who work in “paper-style”.

First though, I should say that I think realistic shadowing is the number one trick to having a realistic paper-style digi page. The Daily Digi has a ton of posts about shadowing, so I’m not going to repeat them here. Here is just a sampling:

In no particular order, let’s look at some ideas for a realistic paper-style page:

Add More Fasteners

The reason I wanted to do this post is because doing a scraplift made me realize how important details like fasteners (staples, stitches, tape, etc.) are in adding to the realism of a page.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to use fasteners, Katie did a great post about Fun With Fasteners.

Let’s look at some tips…

Add More Papers

When I first started digi scrapping there was no doubt that the digi papers available were far more modern and on-trend than the physical papers available in my local scrapping store. Well, going through the paper galleries now is so inspiring! The colours and patterns are beautiful and fresh. I’m loving how strips of imperfectly cut pieces of paper are being used for layering. Digi scrappers are using the skew tool to make their own imperfect cuts (or digi templates that have “pre-cut” paper strips).


By Valoriew.

Start With a Neutral Background

A quick browse through paper galleries and it becomes clear that a lot of paper scrappers start with neutral papers like plain brown kraft paper, white card stock, graph paper and lined paper.


By dianeskie.


By Ana.Paula.

Katie did a great post about marking go-to items like neutral backgrounds in a “favourite folder” or with a keyword tag to find them easily when you go to scrap.

Black Alphas

When going through the paper galleries, I noticed that many pages featured striking titles in black alphas. Personally, I love having a few black pieces on a page because it catches the eye. A title in a black alpha is a clear focal point.


By trista.


By Heddy.

Mix Alphas

I have over 530 alphas tagged on my computer right now. I probably have a ton more that I haven’t had a chance to tag yet! I think I should really be taking note of the paper scrapper trend of mixing alphas, especially neutral alphas, to form titles.


By norton94.

Check out Katie’s post about digi scrapping with alphas for more ideas.

Journaling Guidelines

You’ll often see handwritten journaling written on journaling guidelines (i.e. ruled lines). Obviously on digi pages, journaling will be straight without guidelines, but it’s fun to use them anyway. They add emphasis to the journaling and ground the text.


By MamaBee.

Use a Full Composition

Very full paper pages catch my attention. So many great details to admire! Digitally we’re lucky that we can rely on templates designed for full-page coverage.


By Marnel.


By Bouille.

Maybe you’ve seen some paper layouts that have inspired you to try something new in digi? Feel free to share!