Free Digital Scrapbooking Frames

Dana Hinders
digital scrapbook layout

Free scrapbooking frames offer a fast and easy way to draw attention to a special photo on your layout. Whether you're making a page of your daughter's dance recital or an album filled with your wedding photos, frames are an amazingly versatile embellishment.

Download Free Scrapbook Frames

Digital scrapbooking frames are available in styles ranging from casual and contemporary to elegant and sophisticated. Start your collection with these PDF downloads.

To use as these frames to make a computer-generated layout in your favorite digital scrapbooking program, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements:

  1. Click on the image to download and save the file to your computer.
  2. Open the PDF file using Adobe Reader.
  3. Click on the paperclip icon on the right hand side of the page to open the attachments panel. You should see a list of .PNG files to download.
  4. Download the file of your choice to an easy to find location on your computer.
  5. Open your favorite digital scrapbooking program.
  6. Import your .PNG file to use with the papers and embellishments of your choice. The frame will have a transparent background, so it can be layered right over top of your photo.

To use them as printable files for paper scrapbooking:

  1. Click on the image to download and save the file to your computer.
  2. Open the PDF file using Adobe Reader, then print the images onto the cardstock of your choice. Use a white, ivory, or cream colored textured cardstock and the highest possible quality settings on your printer for the best results.
  3. Once your file has been printed, trim the frames with a paper trimmer or a craft knife and cutting mat. Use acid-free adhesive to add the frames to your layout, then add your photo to the top of the frame. Alternatively, you can use these printable frames to provide a space for handwritten scrapbook journaling.

Additional Resources for Free Digital Frames

Here are a few more free frames to use in your scrapbook projects:

  • Assorted Free Printable Scrapbook Frames: Here you'll find four different frame collections, including a basic frame set, whimsical frames, fun frames perfect for teen scrapbook pages, and neutral vintage frames that are ideal for heritage scrapbook layouts.
  • Seasonal Scrapbook Frames: Free Digital Scrapbooking has a nice assortment of frames and photo mats to download, including Halloween frames, Christmas glitter gel frames, and Valentine's Day heart frames.
  • Starry Night Frames: These printable scrapbook frames feature a cute moon and stars motif for a child's scrapbook album.
  • Scalloped Scrapbook Frames: This freebie from See Jane Scrapbook features frames with a fun scalloped look that would work well for a number of projects.
  • Photography Frames: This freebie from Oscraps can be used to make your pictures look like vintage camera negatives.
  • Free Doodle Frames: These frames from Best Free Digital have a cute hand drawn look.

Making Your Own Frames

If you can't find free digital scrapbooking frames that fit the needs of your project, try making your own. If you have access to Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can make simple frames by following these steps:

  1. Use the custom shape tool to draw a frame outline on your layout. If you don't see frame choices available in the toolbox, click on the arrow on the right hand side of the menu and select the "Frames" option to view all available frames.
  2. Use the paint bucket tool to change the color of your frame. Ideally, you want your digital scrapbooking frames to be a color that will complement the colors in your layout while still drawing attention to your photo.
  3. Add impact to your frame with filters. The "Texture" option under the "Filters" menu at the top of your screen can be used to help mimic the look of textured cardstock.
  4. Apply a drop shadow to make your frame look more like a traditional scrapbooking element. Go to "Window", then "Layer Styles." Select "Drop Shadows" from the pull down menu at the top. Choose the drop shadow style you like the best.
  5. When you're satisfied with the appearance of your frame, save it as a .PNG file.

Being an Ethical Scrapbooker

Although free digital scrapbook frames are available from a number of sources, it's important be an ethical scrapper when creating your layouts. You are allowed to make a backup copy of a free file for your personal use, but you can't sell CDs that include items you've downloaded for free or otherwise attempt to provide from redistributing scrapbook freebies. If you want to share a layout you've created in an online gallery, remember that it is customary to give credit to the creator of any supplies that you used in your project. Scrapbooking is a fun and enjoyable pastime, but respecting the intellectual property of other artists is a must.

Free Digital Scrapbooking Frames