Digital Scrapbooking Resources

 

AVATAR RESOURCES

If you are like me, I am timid in putting my own image on the internet. I know long ago I created an avatar to look like me and have used it ever since. Here are some resources where you can create a unique avatar for use in forums, twitter, facebook, etc.

eLouai Doll Makers 
Portrait Illustration Maker

 

RESOURCE - ONLINE BIBLES

I find myself referring and searching online Bibles all the time and often will search them for a Bible verse to include in my digital scrapbooking layout. Here is a list of Bibles online.

Bible Study Tools Online
Bible.com 
BibleGateway.com 
Online Parallel Bible 
The Bible in MP3 Audio Format
Topical Bible - Bible Verses by Topic 
What the Bible Says About 
YouVersion.com

 

RESOURCES - BRUSHES

Do you want a bit of inspiration for a digital scrapbooking page? I suggest finding a brush that inspires you and begin with it when creating your page. .abr files are free all over the internet.  The below is a list of sites with free brush files. Happy clicking!

100 Awesome High Resolution Brushes 
1000+ Free High Resolution Brush Sets 
50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes
Blue Vertigo 
Brusheezy! 
BrushKing
BrushLovers.com 
BrushView 
Collection of 450+ Abstract Brushes
deviantART Brushes 
Freebies Media Militia 
Jeffsdigital.com - Brushes 
My Photoshop Brushes 
Nagel Brushes 
Noupe.com Brushes 
Obsidian Dawn 
Photoshop Brushes 
Photoshop Grunge Line Brushes
PS Brushes 
QBrushes - Quality Brushes for Photoshop 
Short Things

 

RESOURCE- CAMERA REVIEWS

Digital scrapbooking and digital cameras seem to go hand in hand! Keep up on what is out there with this handy list of links.

Consumer Reports Camera Reviews
DealTime Digital Cameras Reviews
Digital Camera Resource
Digital Photography Review
Photoxels
Steves Digicams
The Imaging Resource

 

RESOURCES - COLOR

Art is all about color. Digital scrapbooking is an art. Learn to embrace and revel in color in all ways.
Here is a list of links to color resources.

0to255 
10 Tools for Creating Brilliant Color Schemes 
500+ Named Colours 
Artima Color Schemer 
Behr 
Big Huge Labs Color Palette Generator 

Canva
Check My Colours 
Color Cache 
Color Calculator
Color Combinations 
Color Explorer 
Color Fields Colr Pickr 
Color Hunter 
Color Palette Generator (degraeve) 
Color Theory @ ColorJack 
Color Theory and the Color Wheel 
Color Wheel Pro 
Color Wheel Pro Color Meaning 
Color Wizard - Color Scheme Generator 
ColorBlender 
ColorMunki 
ColoRotate: Colors come to life in 3D. 
ColorPic
ColorPicker.com 
Colorspire 
COLOURlovers Color Trends & Palettes 
colr.org 
ColRD.com
Complete HTML Color Codes 
COPASO Pro Color Palette Software from COLOURlovers
CSS Drive Image to Colors Palette Generator 
Design Seeds® 
Dunn Edwards Paoints Perfect Palette 
Fashion Trendsetter
Improve your photography with clasical art 
Instant Color Schemes 
Juicy Studio Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser 
Kuler Adobe 
Name that Color 
Pictaculous (courtesy of MailChimp) 
Scrapbook.com Color 
Sherwin-Williams 
Sherwin-Williams 
Spyder 
TinEye Labs - Multicolr Search Lab
Unsafe Colormatch 
VisiBone 
Webmonkey Reference Color Codes 
Website Tips

 

RECOURSES - COLOR CALIBRATING

I remember the first time I calibrated my monitor! It was amazing what a difference it made. Put simply, a calibrated monitor will allow your pages on your screen to be the correct color when printed. The problem is not your printer, as many newbies may think, but rather your computer screen. Here are some links to some further information about calibrating a monitor.

Calibrate your display (Windows 7) 
Color calibration - Wikipedia 
EasyRGB 
Monitor Calibration and Profiling

 

COPYRIGHT RESOURCES

Copyright and digital piracy are fully intertwined into the digital scrapbooking hobby. Whether you are a consumer or a designer, it is good to be informed.

Copyright (.gov) 
Your Digital Presence
StopPiracy
17 USC § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use | Title 17 - Copyrights | U.S. Code |

 

RESOURCE - FILE SHARING

In digital scrapbooking, we often find a need to upload and share files. 
This is one question that comes up often in the forum, even if it is not a designer lesson, sometimes a student will want to share a file so that I can look at it to see what they are doing wrong, as well as many other reasons.

File hosting can be difficult as many of the free sites require a waiting period before files can be downloaded or pop up windows can be annoying.

Paying for space is always a good idea if one can afford it and will be sharing files often.

The listing of these sites do not mean that I endorse all of them. I am personally leery of utilizing some of these. Do your research.

Box.com 
Dropbox 
File Dropper 
FlipDrive 
Fotki 
MediaFire 
SendSpace 
Skydrive 
Wikisend 
Windows Live Skydrive 
YouSendIt

 

RESOURCE - FILTER

Alien Skin Software, LLC
Cybia - Plug-In Filters
Harry's Filters
Auto FX Software : Photoshop Plug-in Filters
optikVerve virtualPhotographer
Vizros

 

RESOURCES - FREEBIE HUNTERS

I remember a long time ago another site no longer here (having trouble remembering the name) that were two friends or sisters who hunted daily for freebies and posted them. I had a fun conversation with them and I dubbed them "freebie hunters" and they liked it! Ever since then, the digital scrapbooking community has called sites that hunt for freebies "freebie hunters." It's kind of fun being part of history! Then came along  IkeaGoddess and she was the most respected freebie hunter and it was a sad day for many when she stopped. Here is a list of the currently active freebie hunters. Visit them to find great stuff! 

CraftCrave (previously DigiFree)

Creative Busy Bee Craft

DigiScrap Freebies

DigiScrap Parade

DigiScrap Freebies Facebook Group

 

RESOURCES - PHOTOSHOP LAYER STYLES

Be sure to read their TOU's if you are using them for designing; The TOU's must say commercial use.

Adobe Add-ons
30+ Free Style Sets - GeekSucks
Alien Skin Software Eye Candy

eviant Art Layer Styles

Eye Inspire

About.com Photoshop Layer Style Effects

Free Photoshop Layer Styles

Laydoak | Styles | Photoshop

Photoshop Layer Styles @BrushesDownload

Photoshop Layer Styles

SBG Commercial Use Shop

Scrapgirls Commercial Use Shop

Commercial PS/PSE Styles and Actions

Shelby Kate Schmitz (about.com)

John Woods (about.com)

Pam LeFlors Design

 

RESOURCE - SCRAPBOOKING MAGAZINE

The scrapbooking magazines available have changed constantly over the years, whether hard copy or digital formats. 

They are very hard to keep up with as they are always ones closing and ones opening.
This list is a great way to keep up with what is available, as well as a way to click and read current issues.
Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine 
Creating Keepsakes 
Digiscrap Addicts Newsletter
DigiShopTalk.com Insider 
Issuu (Digital Scrapbooking Magazines) 
Papers and Pixels 
Ready, Set, Create! 
Scrapbook Trends Magazine
Scrapbooking and Beyond Magazine 


RESOURCES - PHOTOSHOP

A list of links to general Photoshop Resources.

ActionFX 
Adobe - Adobe Exchange 
Adobe Downloads (RAW) 
AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.2 
Free Graphics Software@ About.com 
Free Photoshop 
Graphicxtras.com 
Layers Magazine 
Mac Design Pro 
No Bs Photo Success
Photoshop Digital Medianet 
Photoshop User | NAPP
PhotoshopCafe 
PhotoshopSupport.com 
PhotoshopTower 
Pixels & Ice Cream 
Plaid Lite 
Plugs 'N Pixels 
Scrap Stuff Photoshop Tutorials
The Plugin Site 
Traidnt Forum 
www.graficalicus.com

 

 

RESOURCE - PHOTOSHOP ACTION

A list of links to Photoshop action resources.

Action Addiction 
Action Central 
ActionFx 
Adactio: Photoshop Actions
Bill Richardson's Adobe Photoshop Actions
Curvemeister 
Elements Tools 
PanosFX.com 
Photoshop Export Layers to Files 
SBG : Actions

 

PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS RESOURCES

Click at your own risk! 

Photoshop Elements Help 
Earthbound Light 
Elements User 
How to Use Photoshop Actions in PSE 
Jim Watters - PanoTools 
PhotoshopElements.net 
The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 
YouTube - photoshop elements

 

 

RESOURCES - PRINTING

Digital scrapbooking layouts do not need to be printed, but I believe most people do print their layouts either in a book format or individual pages. Here is a list of printing resources.

 

Blurb

HP MagCloud

MagCloud

MixBook

Mpix

MyPublisher

PaperKiwi

Persnickety Prints

PhotoBookGirl

Picaboo

Scrapbooks Please

Scrapbooks to Share

 Scrapping Simply

 Shutterfly

 Shutterfly Instructions

 Snapfish

 Viovio (now Prestophoto)

 Winkflash

 

RESOURCES- REFERENCES

Do you ever use definitions in your layouts? The link resources below help to give a different persective. For instance, consider how slang definitions which might make a creative layout. The following is a list of reference sites that will inspire creativity for your layouts. Stuck? Visit them to get unstuck! If you have ever done a layout using definitions, or this inspires you to do one, or you find a great example in another gallery, please do link us up in the comments below.

Bartleby.com 
Dictionary.com 
Directory of FREE Online Books 
Lynch, Guide to Grammar and Style 
MetaGlossary.com 
NetLingo Dictionary 
Sniglets 
The Century Dictionary 
UrbanDictionary.com
Visuwords™ 
Webopedia Online

 

RESOURCES - SKETCHES

 

We sometimes get all wrapped up in our digital scrapbooking layered templates to give us a jump start on scrapping a page that we forget the numerous resources for sketches.  Sketches can be utilized just like scraplifting a layout you would find in a gallery or you can sometimes bring them into your program as a guide.

4 X 6 Photo Sketch Blog 
CISter's Stylish Sketches 
Creative Scrappers 
Digital Scrapbook Place Sketches 
Free Digital Scrapbooking - Sketches 
Got Sketch 
Jana Eubank's Sketches 
Jen Caputo Sketches 
Leisha's Page Plansd 
Little Book of Sketches 
My Sketch World 
PageMaps 
Photos - Google+ 
Sassy Lil' Sketches 
Scrapbook.com Sketches 
Scrapbooking Sketches 
sketch savvy
Sketches - Scrapbooks Etc 

 

RESOURCES - SOFTWARE

Digital scrapbookers tend to be "techy people" who like other software resources. There are many resources available associated with this hobby other than just scrapbooking programs.  If you know of any other software options that should be added to this list, please do add a comment and tell us why you like your suggested software.

ACDSee 
Adobe Photoshop family 
Any Video Converter 
ArtRage 
AV Bros - Page Curl 
CCleaner 
Color Calculator 
Corel -PaintshopPro 
CutePDF 
DAZ 3D 
Evernote 
ExtractNow 
FastStone 
File Renamer Basic 
FileZilla 
FontLister
Fookes Software 
GIMP 
Inkscape. Draw Freely 
IrfanView 
JoeJoe's 
Livebrush 
LumaPix :: FotoFusion 
Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery 
Pando 
Photo-Saver 
PhotoMix 
Picasa 
Preclick 
Preset Viewer 
Scrapbook Flair
ScreenPrint32 
The Best Free Software 2008 | PCMag.com 
Tube-Ex 
Tucows Downloads 
Where Is It 
Windows Live Photo Gallery 
Xara Xtreme
YouTube Downloader 
YTD Video Downloader - CNET Download.com

 

RESOURCE - STOCK PHOTOS

Stock photos are photos that are copyright friendly for use in editing for your own needs. I do recommend that you check the terms of use on each photo you utilize, however, as each will have slight variations.

Dreamstime 
everystockphoto.com 
Flickr Advanced Search 
Free Pixels 
Image After 
iStock Photo: Royalty Free
morguefile.com 
stock.xchng 
Stockvault.net

 

RESOURCES - TEXTURES

Textures are utilized often in digital scrapbooking. Apply them with blending modes to papers and photos.

100 Free Textures- Smashing Magazine 
29 Most Useful Texture Packs of 2008 
60+ Free Textures from SXC.hu 
Amazing Textures 
Colorburned Freebies 
Free High Resolution Textures | Photoshop Roadmap 
Free Seamless Texture Gallery 
Free Stock Textures 
Freebies BittBox 
GRSites 
GRSites.com 
Grunge Textures 
Lost and Taken 
Love Textures 
Photoshop Roadmap - 60 Textures 
Photoshop Textures 
Photoshop Tutorials for Textures and Backgrounds 
Premium Textures 
Seamless Textures 
Shadowhouse Creations 
SkeletalMess 
SugarHillco Patterns 
SugarHillco Textures & Overlays 
Texture King 
Texture Library 
Texture Lovers 
Texture of the Day 2009 - a set on Flickr 
TextureArchive.com 
Texturemate.com 
Think Design Freebies, Resources 
Urban Dirty 
WebTreats ETC 
Zen Textures

 

RESOURCES - TITLES, QUOTES, AND POEMS

Inspiration is often derived from titles, quotes, and poems in digital scrapbooking. If you are ever stuck and unable to get going on a layout, why not spend some times surfing the below links.

Bartleby 
Best Scrapbooking Quotes Blog 
BrainyQuote 
Buzzle.com 
Cute craft sayings 
dMarie Poem Place 
FindQuotes.com 
Great Inspiration Quotes 
My Corner Online - Scrapbooking Titles 
Inspiration Peak 
Julie's Imprinting 
Motivational and Inspirational Corner 
Quotation Center 
QuotationReference 
Quotations Book 
Quotations for Creative Thinking 
Quoteland 
Quotes and Sayings 
Scrapbook.com Quotes & Phrases 
Scrapbooking-online 
ScrapSayings.com 
The Daily Motivator 
The Perfect Title 
The Quote Garden 
Think Exist 
Wikiquote 
World of Quotes

 

RESOURCE - TOP SITES

Top sites are great ways to find new digital scrapbooking sites and blogs on the internet. There used to be a really awesome one for blogs only, but it is gone. Some of them now charge to be listed and are no longer the best places to find new links. Nonetheless, I like to cruise them from time to time as they are a good way to find the new popular thing going on!

America Scrapbooking 
Best Scrapbooking Sites.com 
Digital ScrapbookingTopsites List 
GoTop100.com 
Hybrid Top 50 - Rankings - All Sites 
Promos4DigiScrappers Top 50 - Rankings - All Sites 
Srapbookingtop50.com 


RESOURCES - DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING TUTORIALS

CottageArts.net

Digiscrapping.net

DSU Tutorials

Humbug Graphics Galore

Just Mommies

Pages of the Heart

ScrapGirls.com Tutorials

Photoshop Elements Tutorials

Adobe Education

Biorust Brushed Metal

CBT Cafe Photoshop Elements

CottageArts Torn Paper

DPS Creating Eyelets (& Buttons)

DPS Creating Fuzzy Fibers

DSP Creating Denim

DSP Torn Paper__1

Everyday Digital Scrapbooking 10 Steps to Designer Paper

Everyday Digital Scrapbooking Add Fancy Flourishes

Everyday Digital Scrapbooking CT's Choice Fun With Digital

Everyday Digital Scrapbooking Custom Photoshop Brush

Everyday Digital Scrapbooking how to make your brushes

Pages of Heart Simple Papers

PagestoftheHeart Tutorial - Overlay

Photomerge Tutorial - Working With Photomerge In Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements @ About.com

Photoshop Elements Tutorials- Straight Lines - YouTube

Photoshop Elements Workshop Index

PSE at About.com

SBB - Photoshop Elements Tutorials

Scrap Girls University - Creating a Layer Mask in Photoshop Elements

Scrapper's Guide PSE Tutorials

Scrapper's Guide Tutorial #20 Slide Mount

Scrapper's Guide Tutorial #7 Burnt Parchment

Smart Sharpening

Special Effect with the Paint Brush Tool - YouTube

Sweet Serenity Alphabet

Two Ways to Use the Displace Filter

Using Brushes to Make a Background - YouTube

Using Pressure Sensitive Wacom Brushes - YouTube

Wood Texture Tutorial

Photoshop Tutorials

613 Photoshop Tutorials

A Letter from Florence 3rd Element

About.com Tutorials

Absolute Cross Photoshop Tutorials

Alpha Rock Texture Effect

Ann-S-Thesia Pearl Tutorial

Basic Curves - Tutorials

Beads in Photoshop

BioRust Crumpled Tutorial

BioRUST Photoshop Tutorials

BioRUST.com Tutorials Advanced Seamless Textures

Bottlecap @Pagesoftheheart

Bow__2

Bubbles

Burned Edges @Pagesoftheheart

Burned Edges by Janee

CagedFlame

CBT Cafe Custom Grid

CBT Cafe Photoshop Tutorials

Chalked Edges @Pagesoftheheart

Chalked Paper @Pagesoftheheart

Cheater-Beads. Brads, Eyelets in Photoshop

Computer Arts Magazine

CottageArts Vellum Backgrounds

CottageArts.net Water drops

Craft a Vintage Fifties Letter Psdtuts+

Create a Pattern - YouTube

Create a Rusty Chain in Photoshop

Creating a Basic Tag

Creating Alpha in Illustrator

Creating Doilies Tablecloths

Creating Old Paper With Custom Brushes

Creating Photoshop Brushes from a Photograph

Creating Torn Paper by Janee

CreativeMac Crumpled Paper

Davro-digital

deviantART Tutorials

Digital Scrapbooking Photoshop Tutorial | 3rd Element

Digital Tropic

Distortion photoshop tutorials

DPS Creating a Stitching Effect

DPS Creating Realistic Vellum

DPS Creating Tags

DPS Creating Vellum

DSP - Brads

DSP Burned Edges

DSP Chrome Eyelets

DSP Fast stripe patterns

DSP Fine Mesh or Open Weave

DSP Really Fast Check Patterns

DSP Stitching using brushes and paths

DSP Torn Paper

DSP Tutorial Beginner Brushes

Entheos

Eyes on Design

Fall Leaf Cutout Alphabet

Fanciful Film

Folded Ribbon

Glass Bead - YouTube

Good-Tutorials.com

Graphics By Art Lace

Grunge Photoshop Tutorials

Hands-On

Heathrowe.com

How to Digitally Emboss Papers and Photos

How to Install Photoshop Brushes, Styles, Shapes and Other Content

How to Make a Bow on Photoshop

How to Make Bubbles in Photoshop | eHow

How to Use Photoshop Brushes - YouTube

Kelby TV

Lightning Brush Effects - YouTube

Linen | Special Effects

Linked Letters - a Photoshop tutorial by Janee

Lunacore

Make embossed papers - YouTube

Making a Frame Tip

Mat Tutorial @Pagesoftheheart

Mixer Brush Tool - YouTube

myJanee.com

Old World Wax Seal Graphic Design

PagesoftheHeart Vellum

Paperclip and Ribbon over Buckle Tutorial

Phong Photoshop Tutorials

Photo Effect Video

Photoshop @ Scribd

Photoshop Cafe

Photoshop Collage Tutorial multiple images in Photoshop

Photoshop Creative Elements Community

Photoshop for Photographers

Photoshop Free Tutorials Photoshop Hair Masking Part 1

Photoshop Killer Tips

Photoshop Styles & Blending Modes To Make Scrapbook Papers - YouTube

Photoshop tutorials

Photoshopgurus Scotch Tape Tutorial

Planet Photoshop

PSLover.com

Pxleyes

Quantum Petshop Aluminum Foil

RetouchPRO Tutorials

Satin Bow Tutorial

Satin Bow Tutorial : Jaguarwoman

SBB Grograin Ribbon

SBB Photoshop Tutorials

Scrapbook flowers using a Photoshop brush Tutorial

Scraps of Fun

Seamless Textures - YouTube

Seamless Tiling by Janee

Seamless Tiling Part 2 Rock Wall by Janee

SketchPad Photoshop Tutorials

Sparkle/Magical Dust Brush - YouTube

Strona o programie Lace

Team Photoshop

The Photoshop Roadmap

TheShabbyShoppe.com - Loading and Using a Brush

Ticks on Trips

Torn Mulberry Paper @Pagesoftheheart

Turn a PNG into a Brush at The Shabby Shoppe (Video)

Tutorial « Layers Magazine

Tutorial PS Brushes Palette DSP

Tutorialized

Tutorials Chains & Chainlinks

US Postage Stamp Graphic Design

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool

Vellum Shadows - YouTube

Wax Text Tutorial

Webmaster Tutorials From New Tutorials

Zigzag Stitches - YouTube

Use Photoshop's Background Eraser Tool


Photo Impact Tutorials

Corel Corporation

Creations by Dawn PI Tutorials

Inside-Outside Frames

Photo Impact Tutorials at SBB

PhotoImpact Tutorials @ about.com

PI8-frame_033

Wire Tutorial by S.uspicious

Wishing Well PhotoImpact Tutorials

Paint Shop Pro Tutorials


Cathy's Corner

CottageArts.net Creating Chalked Effect

CottageArts.net Vellum Background

Diamond Tweed Frame

DSP Tutorial WordArt in PSP

DSP Wire Words

Easy~Peasy Tassell

Frames

Glass Flowers tutorial

Grafx-Design

Graphics by Pati Tutorials - Creating Stained Glass

Grunge Brush at SBB

Jinnys Place

Khiba's PSP Tutorials

Metallic Wire 2

Mini - Screw

PagesoftheHeart Bottlecaps

PagesoftheHeart Button Tutorial

PagesoftheHeart Wire Words

Pati's Glassing an Image Tutorial

PSP tutorial

PSP Tutorials FromTheCat

PSPMadeEZ

PSPUG Tutorial - Backgrounds - Gingham V7

PSPUG Tutorial - Backgrounds - Seamless V7

PSPUG Tutorial - Bubbles V7

PSPUG Tutorial - Creating Paper Textures

PSPUG Tutorial - Making Seamless Backgrounds

Ribbon Through Buckle PSP

Rusty Gear

SBB Buckles Tutorial

SBB Eyelets

SBB Paint Shop Pro

SBB Tag

Scrap Stuff with PSP Tutorials

ScrapbookButton1

ScrapbookFrame1

ScrapbookFrame1b

ScrapbookFrame2c

Shadow Scalloped Frame Tutorial

Stained Glass

State of Entropy Webgraphics and Design

Super Simple Flexible Copper Tubing

Digital Image Pro Tutorials


Creating Gingham Ribbons in DIP

Digital Image Pro at SBB

Tearing Paper in DIP