Templates are a fun and easy way for beginner digital scrapbookers to complete a layout. A template is like a layout sketch, but more interactive. Here is my layout using the new Summer Spritz Papers and Elements.
And here is the template I created:
As our special treat you can download this template I designed for FREE!
Once you have the template, your papers, & your elements opened, open a new blank file, and just drag and drop and use Group with Previous and Merge Layers ( or shortcuts Ctrl+G, Ctrl+E) to clip papers and photos. You can also use the clipping masks for tags, or just use as a guide. The Xs’ mark where to put elements. After they are in place you can delete that original X layer. Add your shadows and you’re done!
I also wanted to show how how I changed one of the Nantucket cards into the bike sticker I used on my layout. Open the journal card and use the square marquee to drag and select areas you want to delete; For example for this to work you want to delete anything the same color as the bike.
Then use the Magic Wand tool to select a few shades of color on the bike, then Select > Similar and all the bike should be selected.
You need to select Inverse (or Ctrl+Shift+I) and hit delete to get rid of everything except the bike.
Now to turn it into a sticker, you just need to add a stroke (under Edit). I did mine white at 14 pixels, and make sure you choose outside. This tequnique is also a great way to add a border around your photos. (Choosing outside on photos will give you a slightly rounded corner, if you want it sharper you can choose inside, but that will cut into your photo.)
So have fun with the FREEBIE template and practice making stickers out of elements! You will have twice as many digital elements to play with once you master this trick!