Digital Scrapbook Layout | Listen To The Man

Saturday, 3rd June, is our 16th wedding anniversary. Inspired by the George Ezra song, Listen To The Man (this great video with Ian McKellen and George is also below), I made a digital scrapbook layout, back to the old tradition of layers, drop shadows and even, realistic flair buttons.

digital scrapbook layout | listen to the man | george ezra

I may well have chosen this photo becaue he’s wearing a hat like Ian McKellen. Occasionally Ian muses, “People should wear more hats.” Sadly, I think this one is now crushed in the back of the wardrobe, but he looked good in it for a while.

Him: “Duck, (a term of endearment like darling) have you left your computer on for a reason? After all, you’re lying down and will probably be asleep in five minutes flat!”

Me: “I thought I might need it later on…”

Him: “Right. So, nothing to do with the new desktop photo it’s sporting then?”

Me: “No, not at all.” (Waits for the effusive praise of my digital skills…. Falls asleep for an hour.)

Him: “Whoa, oh oh… whoa oh oh… Alexa, play Listen To The Man by George Ezra…”

Me: “You like it then?”

With my desktop photo due for a change, what better than to have my husband smiling out at me for the month of June? So, I have a computer desktop and a 6 x 8 inch page for our yearly photobook.

Digital Scrapbook Layout | The Details

Initially this page was easy to do. The template I picked up at 2PeasRefugees, the sketch challenge for May, and I knew immediately the title and the photo I wanted to use. The colours were easy to decide too; I picked pink, grey, dark purple, brown and green from the photo and created a striped strip of paper. The dark purple behind the photo looks perfect, and I like the separation of the photo into three pieces.

Then, I stalled – for two weeks.

I tried my usual paper texture on the background, and didn’t like it. The pink without any detail looked too solid and – pink! The neutral beige mat added nothing, and I wondered if I’d ever finish the page at all.

Yesterday I opened up PaintShop Pro and determined to either finish it, or throw it in the recycle bin.

I decided that a smooth paper look was my aim, rather than texured paper. I plundered my brush files and found the lines and circles and stamped them with a slightly darker pink and a white. For a change I didn’t put the details on a separate layer and lower the opacity to make them appear faded, which is my usual method. This time I lowered the opacity of the brush instead, to about 16% – does it matter which way I do it? No, not really, but sometimes I forget to try altering the actual tool options instead of relying on layer blend modes or opacity. However for the beige mat behind the photo I used an overlay texture I created about seven years ago. It is quite subtle and almost matches The Hat!

A Digital Detour

flair button 2008 and 2017 | digital glass flairThen I lost myself for a few hours, making flair buttons. I have a template for 1.5 inch glass pebbles that I made back in 2008, when I was practicing my glass skills.

I wonder if I can do better, and as I need distracting from feeling under the weather, I launch into Glass Flair Making 2017. Here you can see the templates side by side, and yes, I do prefer the 2017 version.

Once I have the template I make three buttons for the digital scrapbook layout because it’s true; having embellishments in three’s does work well on any page.

Finally I can add the song lyrics, and because I like a few lines from the second verse I add them as faded script on the page, between the lines. Using my trusted print preview of 30% I realised to fit the whole song in the available space means a small font and I want to be able to read it. This works for me, although there is always room for improvement.


  • Digital Brushes: on the pink background, by Designfruit. The free brushes are at the bottom of the linked page.
  • Digital Papers: all created by me.
  • Digital Glass Flairs: created by me.
  • Fonts: Bebas Neue, Mottona Bold from The Hungry JPEG and Veteran Typewriter
  • Lyrics: George Ezra, from the album Wanted On Voyage.
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P.S. My husband gave me something too, a little ditty of his own.

Oh Mucky Moo,

I married you,

Sixteen years but still

It feels like new!

Yes, let’s watch George and Ian instead. No, not you dear… the other famous Ian…

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