There are two ways to approach making digital scrapbook backgrounds. The first is to simply open your software of choice and begin creating something artistic and fun, with no concrete thoughts on how (or even if) the background will be used. This method is very liberating and fun, and I have created dozens of digital scrapbook backgrounds this way.
The other approach to making backgrounds for digital scrapbook pages is with a specific use or purpose in mind. This method is focused and directed, and can help you out of a creative rut or block. When using this method, you need to keep a few things in mind at all times. What is this page for? What will it be projecting/what feel do you want it to have? Will it be part of a themed book or a standalone page?
Whichever way you choose, some principles will always apply to making a perfect digital scrapbook. Here are a few basic steps, principles, and methods for creating your unique backgrounds. These tips and tricks can be used with any software you use for your digital scrapbooking and for almost any kind of background you choose.
When setting up your background, be sure you know what your color palette will be for the page, and whether you want a light and fun, trendy and hip, sweet, creepy, or clean and professional feel to the page. Here are a few examples of each type, so you can understand the feel for each.