Scrapbooking Using Microsoft Word

by Beth Opel

Create a two-page layout.
You may be wondering, “What if I want to create a double-page spread? What if I scrap 12" x 12"? What if I’d like to make a horizontal layout? I’m out, right?” Not at all! You can easily set your page size by clicking the File tab and selecting Page Setup. Under Paper Size, you can manually set the dimensions of your page or change the orientation to a horizontal (Landscape) layout.

New Orleans as I Remember Her by Beth Opel.

Supplies Cardstock: Prism Papers; Ribbon: Making Memories; Flowers: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink) and Petaloo (white); Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves; Jewels: K&Company; Brad: Karen Foster Design; Corner-rounder punch: Marvy Uchida; Pen: Elmer’s; Fonts: AL Fantasy Type (title) and Century Gothic (journaling).

As for creating a double-pager, take a look at my “New Orleans” layout. Here’s how I did it.

1. Under the Insert tab, choose Break and select Page Break. Then find the arrow next to the percentage toward the center top of your page and choose Two Pages. Now you’ll be able to see the entire layout as you work.

2. Just like in my “Bubble Beards” layout, I used Word to insert and arrange my photos. But here’s a new trick! For the photo collage on the right-hand page, I held down the Shift key while I clicked on each photo until they were all selected. Then under the highlighted Picture Tools tab (or Drawing Tools) I clicked Group and selected Group from the drop-down menu. (Make sure you have finished all your moving and cropping before you group them.) Voila! Now I can move, copy or print all these photos as one piece! I don’t have to cut out each individual picture separately.

3. It’s easy to add text on top of a picture. Just insert a text box as you did before, but when you format the font, change the color to white (or any color you wish) by highlighting the text and clicking on the Font Color icon (look for the “A”). Don’t forget to choose No Fill and No Line when you format the text box. When you print your photo, the text will be printed with it!

Trusty tips for making Word work for you
* The backward arrow near the top left of your screen is your friend. Use it to go back if you make a mistake.

* You can design your entire layout for any size, but printing the “sketch” out depends on your printer. Whether you have a wide-format printer or not, you’ll be able to print your photos and portions of your design to use as templates.

* Always use the photo paper designed to go with your printer. Since I have an HP printer, I use HP photo paper. Don’t scrimp on this unless you want your photos to be lackluster. Make sure to adjust your print settings. Quality should be set at Best, not Normal or Fast/Economical. The Paper setting should indicate the exact kind you are using.

*To get a sneak peek at your document before you print, click File, Print, and choose Print Preview.


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wide format printers
So is everyone who does 12X12 digital scapping probably has a wide format printer?


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