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Digital Scrapbooking Layout

This is a step by step walk through on how I put this digital scrapbooking layout together. If you have a go at following this, let me know so I can come and admire your layout.

Choose your background card-stock or digi-paper
I'm using my favourite page size - 10 x 8 inches. You go with your own preference.
Choose a second sheet of paper and place a wide strip along the left hand edge - to just under 1/3 of the width.

Choose your main photo and lay it to the bottom left. This is one of my husband.

Choose 3 extra photos. They could be close-ups or action shots to tell the story or add to the theme of your layout. Mine are action shots in sequence. Crop them to circles and lay them down the right hand edge.

To make the photos stand out we are going to mount them. Choose some card-stock/digi-paper and crop it to a little larger than all the photos.

Choose some note paper, or crop a sheet of paper to a rectangle. 
This is for the journaling and will be tucked under the main photo at an angle. 
Play for a bit until you get the angle how you like it.

Add a drop shadow to everything. 
(I like to use opacity 50%, blur 2, distance 1.5, angle 135 for papers and photos.)

Add your journaling. Don’t use black for your font, it doesn't look natural. 
Instead, use your colour picker tool and take the darkest colour from your layout/photos and use that.

Add a title to the top left hand side. I have cut letters out of the blue paper.

And now for the final touches. Some embellishments. 
I've added some shells to the bottom left to add some balance, 
and another shell with a bit of ribbon to link the note paper and right hand photos.

Add drop shadows to your elements, a little larger than for the paper but not too much.