Photobook – How to use scrapbook items

What are scrapbook items? And how can I use them? Today I am going to discuss the scrapbook items you can find (and use) in the pix2print photobook design software.

Some of you might come from a scrap booking background, but some of you might have never created a scrapbook. It doesn’t matter if you have or haven’t made a scrapbook before, in the pix2print photobook design software we have added 87 (!) scrapbook items you can use easily.

Even if you can’t find what you are looking for in the many scrapbook items pix2print has provided you can even add your own! I’ll write about how to do that another time, but send us a quick email if you need to know how to do this asap.

scrapbook item - pin green

Change the size of the pin and make it look like your photos are pinned onto the page.

Scrapbook items are images you can add to your photobook or calendar. You can add for example pins, so you can make it look like your photos are stuck on a pinboard (pix2print also have a cork background, polaroid frames and you can add shadows to picture boxes to make it even look more like a pinboard). Or you could add a flag of the country where you went on holiday, or add a map of the area you went to and place a map pin to show where your holiday home was, options are only limited by your imagination!

scrapbook item - Australian flag

Adding a scrapbook item is easy. I recommend you add the photos to your page first and decide on the layout. Once you have done that to add a scrapbook item you:

  1. Click on the tab ‘Scrapbook’ in the Library area (bottom of your screen in the centre area).
  2. Select the scrapbook item you want to use.
  3. Drag and drop the scrapbook item to the location you want.
  4. Adjust the size of your scrapbook item if needed.

Done!

scrapbook item - baby boy ABC

Some additional tips for adding scrapbook items:

When you drag and drop the scrapbook item to your page, before you let go and drop it you will notice a blue line will highlight where the scrapbook item will be placed when you let go. Make sure the page is highlighted and not a picture box or a another scrapbook item box.

All scrapbook items are by default set to ‘Constrain Proportions’. This means that when you want to resize a scrapbook item you don’t have to worry about distorting it. Simple use and of the ‘handles’ to resize it. You can un-select that option if you don’t want the proportions to be constrained (in the Inspector are on the far right hand side of your screen, you will find it on the 4th tab with the position and size information).

The scrapbook items are listed in categories and the following categories are available:

  • all
  • christmas
  • flags
  • holiday
  • kids / babies
  • other
  • scrapbook
  • wedding

If you are searching for something suitable to add to a page with photos from a wedding, you can also select only that category to show instead of using the scroll bar to find the scrapbook items in that category. To only show a specific category, click on the settings button (the cog wheel with arrow on the far right hand corner of the library area). Then hover your mouse over ‘Category’ and you will be able to select the category you want. Default ‘All’ are shown.

The settings button is also where you can add your own scrapbook items, but as I said at the start of this post, I will write the step-by-step instructions on how to add your own scrapbook item another time.

Please be aware if you drag and drop a Page Style template onto a page that already has sscrapbook items (or a background), they will be removed, the page style only puts the photos that are on the page in its picture boxes.

scrapbook item - think cloud

Add a think cloud to your photos to make people ‘say’ things! Different types available.

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