Today I will be answering your question on how to use digital scrapbooking paper properly and over 55 Ways to Use Digital Paper!
Ways to Use Digital Paper
One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is:
Hey Keren! I just love all the free pretty things you giveaway! I especially love all the gorgeous digital papers you offer but how do you use them? or how does digital scrapbook paper work?
I am here to address that million-dollar question! I hope when you are done reading this post your mind will spinning with endless possibilities on how to use this little treasure I love to design!
Whatever you want to call it: Digital Paper, Digital Scrapbooking Paper, Digipaper, Digital Backgrounds, etc. is one of the foundations of design.
Without premade digital paper it would be a pain and not as much fun to get started creating beautiful and essential digital/printing projects.
In other words- premade DigiPaper is a total timesaver when it comes to your design projects!
What is Digital Paper?
Digital Paper is usually a 12″x12″ digital jpeg file (or in other words digital graphic) that is made up of a pattern or appealing image. Designers design them in thousands of different kinds of looks and themes to fit their audience needs and usually come in a pack or collection.
Examples of Digital Papers:
Want to download the above examples? Visit the following links:
- free farmhouse rose digital paper
- vintage shabby free digital papers
- free blue watercolor textured gold digital backgrounds
- sherbet floral doodle digipaper freebie
- watermelon digital freebie paper
- feather and roses freebie digipapers
- free fancy pastel glitter digital papers
- Farmhouse Inspired Peonies Floral Digital Paper Set 3
How to Download Digital Scrapbooking Paper?
Digital scrapbooking paper collections usually come in zip files.
To unzip my FPTFY zip files or any other zip files I use a free program called WinRar
If you find this a little bit confusing – don’t be shy to ask a family member to show you exactly what to do with the kind of system your computer or tablet runs on. Once you have it down, it will become second nature to you.
Here is a video to visually show you how I download and extract zip files (I am on a PC running on windows 10 on a Chrome Browser)
1. Every system and browsers will look slightly different, but the concept and final goal are the same.
2. The only step the video below doesn’t show is – what folder all my zip files get saved to. All my zip files get “saved” to my default Downloads Folder. I have to make sure after I extract the zip files .. I go to my Downloads folder and clean it out (meaning deleting the zip file I don’t need anymore to my recycle bin, then emptying out my recycle bin)
Now that you know how to download digital papers and ways to use digital paper.
What can you create with Digital Paper?
55 Ways to Use Digital Paper
Here are 55+ things you could design with digital paper backgrounds and ways to use digital paper
(each picture is linked to its original source)
1. Wall Art Prints
Digital Paper was used inside the New Jersey state and also the grey wood background is digital paper.
Rainbow digital glitter paper was used for the unicorn body
A beautiful palm tree leaves digipaper is used in this free printable birthday cards
This thank you card used a magical galaxy star-filled digital paper background.
5. Holiday Cards
The designer used a fun red-wood digital paper for this pretty Christmas card
6. Sympathy Cards
7. Birthday Invitations (digital or for print)
8. Baby shower invitations
9. Graduation Invitations
10. Wedding Invitations
11. Wedding Signs
This gorgeous wedding favor sign used a rich deep brown wood digital paper background
12. Printable Games
The black lace used in this game printable is a pretty digital paper
13. Printable Envelopes
Pretty vintage roses and stripe digital paper was used to design these printable envelopes
14. Wedding party Decor
15. Printable Party Decor
16. Cupcake Toppers
17. Selfie Frames
A pretty peach and confetti background was sued to design this fun selfie frame
18. Name Place cards
19. Favor Tags
20. Name tags
A sweet floral pattern digital papers were sued to create these colorful printable name tags
22. Hang Tags
23. Bunting Banners
A cute basic black dot pattern Digipaper was sued to bring this printable bunting to life
24. Printable stationery
25. Note Cards
26. Junk Journal Pages
Stunning vintage-inspired rose digital paper was used to design these printable junk journal pages
27. Journal Covers
28. E-book covers
You could also use lovely bokeh digital paper to create professional-looking ebook covers
29. Business Cards
Digital papers are used often by designers to create striking business cards
Digital papers can be sued in logos like the purple watercolor circle and “inside” the text “thank you and grow”
31. Etsy Banners
32. Web Banners
33. Facebook Covers
The realistic watercolor grey horizontal digital paper was used as the background for this pretty Facebook and Etsy set.
34. Pinterest Templates
I used one of my pretty floral digital papers to create this Pinterest Tower Image
35. Instagram Templates
36. Cash Envelopes
Fun colorful floral digital papers were used to design this essential cash envelope
37. Planner Images
38. Junk journal tabs
Lovely floral digital papers were used to design these pretty tabs that could be used in many kinds of projects
39. Printable Stickers
Beautiful digital papers were used to create the stunning planner images
41. Habit Trackers
44. Meal Planners
45. Recipe cards
46. Cleaning Printables
This pretty cleaning checklist was created with a fun flamingo and tropical leaf digital paper
47. Learning Printables
49. Phone Wallpapers
50. Tablet Wallpapers
51. Desktop Wallpapers
52. Digital Journaling
53. Digital Washi Tape
54. Photo Templates
55. Mockup Background
The light grey wood background is a digital paper being used in this product image mockup
56. Wrapping Paper
If you love this roundup.. Take a look at my 137+ ways to use scrapbooking paper! You can get even more unique ideas on how to use the digital paper you have printed out in actual crafting and DIY projects. The main thing you have to remember when you are using Digital Paper that you have printed out is to make sure you use a laser printer for mod podge projects or at least test your inject paper design to see if the ink will get runny before you start your project.
Now that you have some wonderful inspiration the next step to start creating amazing designs with digital paper is you will need to decide what digital editing software you are going to use.
There are may software and editing websites to choose from.
The following is a list of:
The most popular photo design Editor programs
- Photoshop Elements (this is the best software to get you started off on the right foot in my opinion)
- Affinity Photo (I wrote about it in my Best Photoshop Alternative article)
- Photoshop (This is the one I use – it is and desktop and table cloud app-based software)
- Paint – getpaint.net
My Favorite photo design Web-based Editor
Most Popular Tablet Photo Editors
- Affinity Designer app
- Photoshop app
- Procreate app
Machine Cutting Photo Editors
How to print digital scrapbooking paper?
This video shows a very basic and instant way to print 12×12 paper on and 8.5×11.
A more precise way to print would be for you to manually resize the paper to exactly the size you need and then print it.
My Favorite Printer to Save Ink
You might be thinking: “Won’t printing digital paper drain my ink cartridges?”
To be completely transparent .. I don’t ever think about buying expensive ink cartridges or running out of ink anymore.
If you are a crafter, homeschooler or just a person that goes through ink cartridges like nobody’s business .. you should really look into getting a printer that has refillable “tanks”
I personally use an Epson EcoTank ( this is not a sponsored post — I just really love my eco tank 😍)
I’ve had my printer for almost 3 years and have only purchased ink twice. Which is crazy if you think about how much I print 😅
I hope you have enjoyed this roundup! In another course, I will be teaching you how to properly use digital paper in actual photoshop or on your iPad.