Step 1: Customize Your Digital Scrapbook Background
I personally like to create my own background using patterns or textures I find online. For this tutorial, I will be creating a completely new digital layout using these elements and this palette.
Using the Paint Bucket, fill the whole page with a low opacity color you want to use. I will be using a blue-green at 52%. The default name for this layer is Background, and that’s fine.
To create a digital layout with a bit of interest and texture, you can do a search using any search engine for “paper texture". Other interesting choices to use are satin, embroidered fabric, canvas, or wood grain. I did a search for “watercolor paper" and chose a blue tinted one the fits right in.
Once you find the image you want, right click on it and select Copy (you can come back and save it at any point), then go back to ArtWeaver and go to Edit-->Paste. Resize it to cover the whole background, then go to your layers palette, select the texture layer, and set the mode to Multiply.
This will have probably created a new layer titled "1". To change this name, double click on it (anywhere but the text), and type in whatever name you want in the box that pops up. I chose to name this layer Paper.
Alternatively, you can create a scrapbook background by using the pencil tool around size 130, 50% opacity, and set the paper (in the lower left corner of tool box) to pavement. This creates sort of a “water color wash" effect using whatever colors I choose.
You could stop here and use the results for a background, but I like to use a watermark for the entire area, or just the border. Ideas to use for this are floral, gothic, water stains, lace patterns, or fun designs such as hearts or teddy bears. I find these images by doing a quick search for any feel I want. For this page, I wanted a grunge look and feel, so I did a quick search for “grunge texture".
With the paper I found, I copied and pasted, resized, and set the opacity to 65 and the blending mode to Soft Light. I named this new layer Grunge Texture.
Then I decided I wanted a few coffee and water stains as well, so I did a search for these textures to complete the look I wanted. The coffee stain I chose to set at 52 opacity using the Difference blending mode, while the water stain was set to 53 and Color Dodge. These two new layers were then named Coffee Stains and Water Stains. You may notice that I pasted the coffee stain twice on my background as well.