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Being an old school scrapper, especially doing paper scrapping for so many years, I love my photos to still have a white photo border on them! I think they make them look like I had physically printed them and then added it to my layout! It is so quick and easy to add this to your own photos and in today’s video, I walk through those steps! I was also excited to scrap this photo from last summer using today’s free mini! I love catching my children with a book in hand, sneaking off to read! In a world with so many electronic devices to distract them, it is the best when a book wins out!
To create your own border around your photo, you can start by watching the video:
I’m also including the basic steps here, in case you want to refer back without needing to watch the whole video:
Once you open your photo, you’ll want to resize it to be about the size you want on your layout. I did this one fairly big because it was the main subject of my page! So I resized it to a 5×7 (but in my case, the image was a little wider and it came out to 5.25×7.
The next thing I did was make it a layer instead of a background. When a photo or jpg file is open, it automatically locks into place and you can’t edit it without changing it to a layer. This is done by right clicking on the image in the layer palette and choosing the option “layer from background”.
Once I had it the right size and had it as a layer, I was ready to then resize the canvas.
What is the difference between resize image and resize canvas?
This is a great question and one you may have wondered before! Resize image is changing the size of the image itself. To resize the canvas means that we are resizing the space around our image. Often the image and canvas are the same size so we don’t really think about the canvas size! But in this case, we want to make the canvas size bigger so we can add a white layer to it.
Click on Image>>Resize>>Resize Canvas (in older versions it may just be image>>resize canvas)
add a quarter of an inch to each side. In my case, I changed it from 5.25 to 5.5 and from 7 to 7.25 and click okay.
This puts a transparent space all around your photo. Fill it with white and merge! If the border is a little bigger than you like, you can crop it just a little and then you are ready to add it to your layout!
Now it’s your turn!
Pick up a mini from the Resource Library to scrap with.
Find a photo to add the border to.
And give it a try! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you come across any issues as you try it out!
Here is the free mini for today:
And if you have found this tutorial helpful and want to save it for later or to share with a friend, feel free to pin the image below!