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A Tutorial: Digital Scrapbooking in Paint.Net

I have to admit a little something to you: I am slightly obsessed with photo-editing and digital scrapbooking.

I am also slightly addicted to tutorials… which makes it very strange that this post is my first one on this blog. It stemmed from one of my random ‘learn something new’ quests (This one brought on by the fact that my girls are spending the night at their Aunt’s house and the boys all decided to go to sleep at seven {!!!!} tonight.) and the discovery that there is absolutely nothing out there about how to make digital scrapbooks on my favorite software!

If you search out any tutorials on digital scrapbooking, the very first thing that you always read is that you have to have appropriate software. Of, course those sites usually suggest something along the lines of Photoshop, Coral, or any of the other super-awesome, but super-expensive programs. Thankfully, for those of us who don’t feel like blowing a couple hundred bucks on software, there is Paint.Net– a completely free, expandable, fully functional, and user-friendly photo editing software. If you’re interested, click the link- don’t try to type the address! Paint.net is not located at paint.net! :- ) 

There’s also a TON of add-ons available for the program, but for what I am going to show you how to do today, add photos to an existing layout or template, you aren’t going to need any of them. I’ve highlighted in pink the areas of the program you’ll need to use in each of the pictures. If you can’t see them properly, simply click on the photo and it will load the full sized image for your viewing pleasure!

Let’s get started, shall we? I’m going to break it down into little, bitty baby steps because that’s how I like my tutorials. :- )

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