A digital scrapbooking layout doesn't have to be complicated to be effective.
Sit beside me as I re-create this digital scrapbooking layout and show you how it was done. I used a program called Xara for this page, but you could use your favourite photo editing program.
The journaling reads:
"Even after Becky outgrew her baby bath it still came in useful out in the garden. She liked nothing better than filling it with water and splashing around in the hot weather.
Of course the best bit was tipping it all over the grass and then having to fill it up again!"
Although I wanted to leave the bath intact I wanted to focus the viewer's attention on the child. So I created a simple, narrow, white border for the section of the photo I wanted to highlight.
Then I created another rectangle, coloured it white and lowered the opacity so that the photo behind was still visible, if subdued. Finally I removed the area of translucent rectangle that covered the child, in effect creating a mount or matt.
The photo, translucent mat and white border were then grouped so that they could all be moved at once without disturbing their arrangement.
The second photo was left uncropped and I centered it on top of a plain white rectangle to create a similar white border.
I drew a circle, used that eye-dropper again to pick up the yellow from Becky's swimming costume and I had the centre of my sun. An orange star shape with 10 points created the sunrays and was layered behind the circle.
The only other elements used were brads to "hold" the photos and journal box onto the page.
Studying the photo showed me where the sun had been on that day, so I tried to place my paper cutout sun in a similar position to lead the eye to expect shadows on the opposite side. Each element on the page was then given a shadow to match the angle of my paper sun.
Placing the text under the larger picture allowed the viewers eye to read the words and then continue around the page to the smaller picture, the sun and back to the main photograph.
I placed the journal box on top of the translucent rectangle giving the eye somewhere to stop before it travelled back to the main photograph again.
Its been fun having you sit here with me while I talked you through the creation of this simple digital scrapbooking layout. I hope you have picked up some tips that you can use on your own pages.