Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Download Free Digital Papers and Re-Color with Picasa

If you're new to digital or hybrid scrapbooking, (or even if you're not) you probably love finding free digital papers you can download. The Angel Company is offering a new set of B&W papers that you can download here:
(There are two sets, so be sure to scroll down to see them all.)

So, they are pretty cool in B&W, but if you want to add a little color, it's very easy. You need to convert the papers to jpeg and use my favorite FREE photo software, Picasa. Here's how: With the Picasa running in the background, open the pdf document and change the view so that the full page can be seen. (It can also be helpful to use F11 for "full screen".) Press Ctrl + Prt Sc, then switch to Picasa and the screen capture should be visible. Use crop to highlight just the paper portion of the image and then save. (The default is to save as a jpg.)

Next, check out this YouTube video to see the step-by-step of how easy it is to recolor the paper with Picasa.

Ready to make some easy scrapbook pages? Try using Picasa's "collage" function! It's easy. Watch another quick video here.

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Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and LOVE it! Please keep the inspiration/videos coming. Thanks for sharing!

Seleise said...

great idea with using picasa! love your blog and video tutes, of course! and, you're beyond fabulous as a person too! thanks for being out here inspiring so many of us!

ScrapyCrafter said...

Aww! I'm here Julie, I'm here!
Trust me! I visit your blog daily! I have you on my side bar! I'm a loyal blogger and love love......love your blog and YT videos! When r u making more?
You know it's Thanksgiving! Any ideas for easy projects to make for freinds at work. I'm an RN and have a lot of nurses that I work with.
Check out my blog and see what I made for my peeps at work! Love to read your comment!

yaneri (ScrapyCrafter)

Heather said...

LOVE your digital pages with the downloads - and great tip for using Picassa top change the colors.

I didn't realize you were british though... LOL!

Anonymous said...

Great scrapbook pages and fantastic use of the downloads!! Awesome as usual! rita w

Warm n Wonderful said...

Is it easy to convert it to a jpeg?

Jamie said...

Those came out really cute! Glad you found a way to manipulate the colors.

Margie said...

I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I absolutely LOVE it! PLEASE keep sharing your ideas with us.

Margie said...

I just recently found your blog. PLEASE keep sharing your ideas with us. Your site has more inspiration than any other I have found. I love your ideas!