Build Your Own Background - Old Paper

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This is a new series that I'm starting here on The Background Fairy, it's called "Build Your Own Background"! The background shown above is one that I made using an old paper, that I've aged and distressed even more. It's perfectly fine to use the way it is, but I know a lot of my readers are very creative and thought some of you guys might want some to customize it and make into something all your own. What do you think? You can start with this background as a base, and you can add elements to it and jazz it up a bit! You can use Photoshop Elements to add the elements. You can go HERE for a Video Tutorial on how to make your own Background. Also, you can go HERE to get a few images to start embellishing with, I'll be adding more soon!

This one works best with Bloggers "Picture Window" Template.

Click HERE for easy instructions on how to add this Background to your Blog.

Also, please place a link to this site (or to my Graphics Fairy site, either one is fine!) somewhere on your blog if you use this background, or any of my other backgrounds.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 1 post on Jul. 03, 2011. Thanks again.

  2. Dear Karen, Thank you so much for starting this. I always wanted to know how this process worked and wanted to create my own background. It will be fun. Thanks again, Diane

  3. That is such a good idea!As soon as I saw the post,i thought "oh,i could use picnik to write some words on it!".haha. :)

  4. Karen, You are wonderful. I have followed your blogs for some time and am so happy to see the Build your own background post. Thank you so much, can't wait to read the tutoral. Lucille K :)

  5. This rocked my site! Thank you sooooo much. I've been wanting to change to a wider format for months, but none of the available backgrounds fit with my theme. Your button is on the sidebar :-)

  6. Sorry guys, it looks like I was wrong about using Picnik for this! Picnik is great for a lot of things, like adding your own words to labels and headers, but I can't find a way to layer your own images on top of one another, maybe in the future. Anyway, I've revised my post and am now suggesting Photoshop Elements, as the best way to make your own backgrounds. It's not free, but you can get a free trial, so you can go ahead and make up a few backgrounds for yourself during the trial, to use on your blog, and of course if you like it you can always purchase it. I already have a great tutorial on my blog, that shows you how to use this program to make backgrounds, and I added a link to this post to make it easier to find. I hope this helps!


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