Working With Templates & Free Template Gift

Today I would like to share with you a tutorial on using templates, this is a simple tutorial primarily for beginner scrapbookers.

I have used a quick and simple template to create these two pages.

Working With Digital Scrapbooking Templates.

Digital Scrapbooking Templates is a great technique, for those who want to quickly create an instant easy layout for their albums.

Getting Started.

Open the digital scrapbook template PSD file in your program.

First, we need to fill in the background papers; it is easier to work from the bottom layer upwards.

It is sometimes easier to hide the layers that you are not working with at the top.  This makes it easier to see what you are working on, especially if the template has lots of layers. You can hide the layers by clicking on the tiny eye icon for each layer, as shown in the image below.

Open the folder that contains the kit you have chosen to use, making sure you have the bottom layer selected you can now drag your first paper onto the canvas work area.

Your paper layer can now be merged down to template layer below or even deleted. Follow the same process as above for templates where you have additional paper layers to add, making sure you have the correct template layer selected so when you drag in your paper layer it will fall above the template layer.

Now you can add a drop shadow if you wish to the paper layers.

Turn on the elements layers back on using the eye icon as you did before when turning them off.

Open the kit folder and with the first element layer selected drag in your chosen element. Once you have the element in its place the template layer can be turned off or deleted. Add a drop shadow to your element and repeat this process for all the following layers. You may also use additional elements.

You can download these two templates to practice with from the store, they are free to download during the month of April and also include the pdf tutorial document.

Equinox (Spring and Fall) Fonts

Equinox (Spring and Fall) Fonts

20 MAR brings the Equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the beginning of Spring. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the beginning of Autumn.

Scientific fun fact:
While equinox means “equal night,” unfortunately it’s not true that everyone on the planet experiences 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness on the day of the equinox. At the equator, for instance, there is never an equal amount of daylight and darkness. Above and below the equator, the date of “equal” sunlight and darkness does happen twice a year, but it’s often a few weeks away from the actual equinox.

However, enough science – we collected a number of fun seasonal fonts for your enjoyment.

Note: These fonts were free at the time this list was created. Always be careful when downloading files to your computer! Always check the designer’s terms of use for licensing information.

First Layout – For Beginners

Today we have our beginners first layout tutorial for you and to help all you beginners we also have a lovely free starter kit for you to download. This tutorial was created using Photoshop Elements 15

You download the kit HERE. The kit also includes a pdf file for this tutorial.

Before you begin, make sure you have downloaded the two zip files for the Starter mini kit and unzipped their contents.

Open Photoshop; select – File, New, Blank File

In the window pop up type in the name of your layout, change the Width and Height to 12 inches.

Select File on the menu bar again but this time you will select Open, navigate to the Starter Kit Papers folder.

Select your background paper and drag into your Photoshop elements layout.

You will notice that your paper is now loaded into the Photo Bin as shown in the image below.

Make sure you have your blank layout selected, you should see a blue outline around your document as shown in the above image and then drag the background paper image upwards to your blank document.

You will now see the background paper in your layout

Using the same method as above go to File, Open and navigate to your photo folder and drag in the photograph you wish to add to your layout.

Now you can also start to add some elements from the Starter Kit elements folder. But you may want to resize some of your images and elements, so to do this go to the Image tab in the menu navigation bar across the top. Select Transform and then Free Transform.

You will now see the image has a black border with some anchor points, using the anchor points you can resize the photo or element to your desired size. Once you have the correct select the green tick to complete.

Now to add some drop shadows to create a realistic look.

Select the layers tab at the bottom, this will show you your layers down the right-hand side, with your layer selected that you want to add the drop shadow too (highlighted in blue)

You now need to select the styles tab also at the bottom.

Select the drop down arrow where it says bevels and in the drop down window select Drop Shadows.

You will notice that you have a selection of shadow styles to choose from, select one that you would like to use to add it to your element.

Once you have all your elements in place resized and shadowed as required you can add your text title and journaling.

Here is a simple sample layout.


St. Patrick’s Day Fonts

St. Patrick’s Day Fonts

March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St. Patrick’s Day often involves people wearing green (to show Irish pride), eating certain foods (Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, or Irish Stew), and parades. In some cities, such as Chicago, the river is dyed green to celebrate this day. Around the world, some famous landmarks are lit up green in honor of the holiday too.

Note: These fonts were free at the time this list was created. Always be careful when downloading files to your computer! Always check the designer’s terms of use for licensing information.

Rainbow: Things We Said font (

Lucky: Bready font (

Irish Eyes: Water Street font (

Luck of the Irish: KG Luck of the Irish font (

Clover: Lucky Charms font (

Ireland: De Flandre font (

Shamrock: St Charles font (

Spring Cleaning: Organizing Your Digital Scrapbooking Files

Going through a selection of magazines, I saw a magazine solely devoted to organization tips. I will be honest – the cover photo was breathtaking. A closet fully organized, functional, pretty, and neat. Opening the magazine, it fell open to a kitchen pantry with labeled containers, boxes and cans grouped by size and content, and fruits and vegetables in clean pull-out drawer bins. Another page showed varieties of way to store spices – containers labeled with dates, organized alphabetically, and tins sticking magnetically to doors.

At that point, I knew two things: one, organization is purely subjective, and two, no matter how much I try, organizing my spices alphabetically will never – ever – make functional sense to me.

So, how does this organization thing work when it comes to your digital scrapbooking supplies? The most important thing to remember is that there isn’t one solution. That’s right – it’s whatever works best for you. Sometimes you have to do a bit of trial and error to find what works best, but keep trying. Some people find that they remember who has created a kit they want to use, while others remember an element they’d like to use, but cannot recall who created it. In other times, maybe something more general, such as a brown paper, is wanted, and it doesn’t matter who created it.

First things first:

  1. Get all your digital supplies together.
    You may be surprised to see just how much you have. I have all my digital scrapbooking files in a folder on my computer called “digiscrap.” I know when I unzip a kit, that this folder is where it will eventually end up residing.
  2. Look over the files. 

    Do you have a number of natural groupings – such as paper packs, flowers, stitches, alphabets, or kits by the same designer? If there’s a natural grouping, make a note of it. For instance, you may want to keep all your holiday kits in one folder, or possibly in separate folders based upon the holiday (Hanukkah, Christmas, Australia Day).
  3. Make a note of what categories/folders to create.
    Looking at my kits, as I have a number of Wisteria Moments’s kits, I could create a “Wisteria Moments” folder, put all her kits in there, and be done. However, as I cannot always recall what her kits contain, that may not be the most effective for the long haul. I’d be more likely to create a single folder containing all her kits and then have sub-folders for papers, word art, flowers, and general elements.
  4. Determine what type of organization works for you.
    Determine how you’d look for something and how you tend to scrap. For instance, if you’re looking for a blue flower, would you look under flower, blue, element, or a designer’s name? If you were looking for cupcake paper, would you look under paper, food, celebration, birthday, or a designer’s name? Do you tend to use one designer’s kits when scrapping? Do you prefer mixing and matching with any designer’s items on your layouts? This really is subjective, so pick whatever seems easiest for you.
  5. Determine individual folders.
    Don’t worry about being perfect the first go-round. You may put all your Valentine’s Day/Love themed kits into one folder and then realize that you need subfolders for hearts, cards, and word art. Or you may decide that the love-themed cards can go into a general card folder. The lovely thing is that whatever you choose, it’s not set in stone, it’s flexible!
  6. You can always change your mind about your organization.

    Let me restate from above: Whatever you choose it’s not set in stone. Consider digital scraping organization akin to moving furniture around – sometimes moving the couch from under the windows to the other wall functionally works better. Some people create store specific folders and have designers’ kits as subfolders, but what happens when the designer leaves that store? Setting up designer-specific folders might work, but what about collaborations? In a generic flowers folder, do you want subfolders for different colours of flowers or types? There is no “right” answer – it’s completely up to you and what works best.
  7. Remember that it is OKAY to split up kits. 

    Looking at Hope by Wisteria Moments, the designer created individual folders for brushes, clusters, elements, overlays, papers, and words. Looking at the elements folder, it contains buttons, flowers, frames, leaves, and words. In my organization system, I’d put all the words (both word art and individual words) together and separate the flowers from the “elements” folder because, if I’m looking for a daisy, I’d be more likely to look in a general flowers folder opposed to looking in this specific kit’s folder.
  8. It’s also okay to rename some of the files.

    For me this was like writing in books – not something to do at all! There’s a designer I love, but I find her naming system a bit lacking. Calling a paper “Paper1.jpg” doesn’t help me know anything about it – who designed it, what it contains (other than a paper) or which kit it is from. Often I change the name from “Paper1.jpg” to something like “Designername_kitname_paper_description.jpg.” At a glance I know which kit this is from and something about the paper. It’s a little thing, but I’ve found it helpful if I’m trying to have a layout be all from one designer, since often there’s a similar style across kits.
  9. Additional notes:
    If you CT or design, you probably want to keep those items in separate folders. I have a folder on my computer labeled “CT_work_old” and inside that I have individual folders with retired designers’ names. Inside those folders are their kits, kept together. Once I played about with designing, and I have a few Commercial Use (CU) items, which are in their own folder (“CU_items”).

So, looking at my own organization, I started by looking at a calendar and tying that to the kits. February is Valentine’s Day and school beings in September. Birthday and Travel don’t necessarily occur in January, but it worked out more easily to have those at the top of the list. Here’s a sample of my main folders:


Some people find that tying to the calendar doesn’t work for them because they don’t scrap chronologically, but if you’re scrapping a photo with fall colours, it might be helpful to know that all your autumnal kits are located in one place.

Then I started a number of additional  folders, but started those with 13_ because they were not tied to a calendar event. This is not my full set, but again just a sampling:


In the “13_misc-elements” folder I have subfolders for arrows, brads, buttons, stitches, and tape. In general, this folder contains things that don’t fit in the other folders – such as stickers, borders, butterflies, string, and stars.

This leads to some great questions:

What about a folder for the designer’s previews? Some people create a folder that contains every kit preview. This gives them, at a quick glance, a visual idea of which kits contain items/colours they are looking for. It really depends upon your preference whether you keep them or not. Typically I keep previews of alphabets because some designers create files for individual letters while others create one large file. Typically alphabet previews will include any extras – such as punctuation, capitals, and symbols.

What happens if, when going through your stash, you find a kit that doesn’t fit with your current scrapping style or has little you like in it? Go ahead and delete what you don’t want. No one is going to call the Scrapping Police on you – honest.

What about tagging or keywords? Glad you asked. In many cases, these make searching, such as “brown paper” much easier. However, there are so many ways to do this with programs that it goes beyond the scope of this article. If you wish to add keywords, please do so!

What about additional organization? I picked up a tip from Katie the Scrapbook Lady years ago that I’d like to share with you. It’s about templates and can be applied to quick pages too. I organize my templates by the number of photos they contain. So, I created individual sub-folders for the numbers up to nine, and then one folder for ten and greater. When I’m looking for a template, I determine how many photos I want to use and then search in the appropriate subfolder. Most of my quick pages feature one large photo placeholder, but in some cases there are multiple photos, such as in 4×6 brag books. This tip has saved me a lot of time over the years.

What if you have a lot of kits that need to be organized? I must confess that in the “digital scrapbooking folder” I have a number of kit folders that haven’t been organized yet. As I’ve about ten years (yes, a decade) of digital scrapbook kits, and decided upon this organization system two years ago, I’ve a lot of files to still go through! However, every kit I download will eventually make it into this folder so that all of my kits are in one location.

Hopefully this article has sparked some ideas for you regarding organizing your scrapbooking files.

3D Cut Out Technique

How to create a digital scrapbook layout using the CutOut Technique


Step 1: Open a new document in Photoshop and drag in two background papers. Decide what shape you would like to use. You can create your own border using the shape tool too.


NOTE: To create my heart border I opened a new document, selected the heart shape tool and duplicated the heart layer to make 12 hearts. I then rearranged the hearts to different sizes and angles to create my border. Once you are happy with your shapes merge them all together and then drag them into your layout document.

 Step 2: To make heart border cut out you will need to use CTRL+click heart border layer for Windows and CMD+ click heart border layer for Mac users. You should see the marching ants around your shapes as shown in the image below. Be sure to select the paper LAYER you wish to make the cut out into once selected, hit the delete key.


Step 3: Now either delete or turn off the shape layer (click the little eye icon to turn the layer off). Your background paper one will now show through. Add a shadow to background paper two, using the tiny fx button at the bottom of the layers panel. Generally, a light grey color would be used for shadows but in this layout, as the background is a black paper then the shadow also needs to be a dark grey color.


Using the same methods above use a single heart shape to create a cut out for your photo to sit behind. Place your photo in between the 2 background papers like I have in the image below.


Once you have completed your cut out and your photo is visible you may find you have to resize or move your photo around accordingly.



Download the PDF here.

Gift Basket Hybrid Project

How to use your digital papers and elements to create these pretty gift baskets.


Favour Or Gift Basket Tutorial

Today I have a really simple hybrid project for you by Chrissy of Wisteria Moments, created with the Let’s Celebrate collab kit. These baskets can be made in minutes and are ideal for all those last minute little gift projects that you need in a hurry.


These adorable Favour Baskets will make lovely small gifts for all the family and friends they can be used as table favours at dinner parties or any other celebration events.

The only tools you will need is some scissors, double sided tape or glue and of course your printer.

Print two sheets onto an A4 card. I recommend that you use a minimum of 150gsm for best results. For a sturdier basket, you can use a heavier weight of card/paper if your printer will accept it.


Cut out the design along the solid black lines only.


Now fold all along the dotted lines.


Use double-sided tape or glue to attach the two sides together first, this will make sure the box is aligned correctly.

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Fold in the bottom flaps and secure with double-sided tape or glue.


Attach the two strips together to form a sturdy handle.


Then attach the handles to each side of the basket and fill with your favourite sweets.


The pack to create these baskets is in my store and will be free for a limited period only. I have included the PSD template in the pack so you will also be able to attach your own papers and elements and design your own baskets.