You want to start digital scrapbooking, but you really aren’t anxious in spending a lot of money on a program. What if you try it and hate it? What if the program is too complex to figure out?
I have the perfect solution for you! Try out digital scrapbooking in Canva, a free program that allows you to upload and organize and create a document online! No program to download onto your system. No program to pay for. Easy peasy!
To get started, go to Canva.com and set up an account. It’s completely free (unless you purchase any of their graphics) and so easy to use!
Once you have your account set up, click on “Use Custom Dimensions” in the top right hand corner. It will give the boxes below. Notice that I put in 21×12 inches. However, I learned (the hard way) that this makes it at 96 ppi instead of 300, so the best way to get an actual 12×12 is to put in the pixels! The default is px, so just add 3600×3600 in the boxes and click design!
Once you are on the back end, you’ll have the large white space to start creating your page. Click on Uploads on the left side to add in your kit pieces.
Now it is as simple as clicking on what you want and adding it to the page. Keep in mind, even though your paper will look tiny when you click it over to the big screen, because the file size and quality is for 3600 pixels by 3600 pixels, you can click on the corner box and stretch it to fill the white box. You won’t lose any quality in doing this because the file supports that size. However, if you add a photo from the web that starts out at a small size (such as 300 px by 250 px), it will look blurry if you try to stretch it to fill most the space.
Now you can add photos, elements, etc. Build your layout and then click on Download at the top, choose the option for jpg or pdf and download. It will now be ready to save on your hard drive or send off for printing!
Watch for our upcoming tutorials to do pocket scrapping in Canva as well as how to add shadows!
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