Adding Photos to Scrapbooking Templates
Let's talk about what templates are they are umm just black and white psc files typically black and white thinking coming color than come a little bit embellished too but they're typically black and white psc files that show you where to put your things so it's just like in paper scrap booking their sketches on ly these air sketch is taken to the next level because you can actually use them you don't have to recreate them so there's lots of template styles you confined templates for anything that you want there's white space there's close story there's linear there's paper block there's all kinds of templates out there that you confined to really match your style so let's start with this template and this is the old template of mine and it's actually included with the r s v p bonus eh? So if you are a home you can open it up as well and we can play with it together but I'm going to go a little bit fast so you might not be able to keep up because we have a lot to cover so where I start ...
with templates is I start with papers every time I think that papers are the bottom of layout and once you get the paper settled then you can start building the embellishments and it's a lot easier so I'm gonna actually clip my photo in first just so that as I build my papers I can make sure that they're not clashing, that we don't have any issues with having the wrong color next to the photo that it's going to detract from it. So I just dragged my photo in and of course it opened as a smart object because I dragged it directly onto my layout, and I'm re sizing it so that it fits in this frame, and I'm not going to worry about this covering the picture up a little bit because we're going to be changing what's right there. So I think that that fits nicely in my frame, someone hit, enter to accept the changes and then too clip the photo to the photo layer placement in the template you just you can cover your mouth in between the two layers and hold down alter option or you can hit command ault option or command alter option g so I have my photo ready and now I'm going tio start clipping in papers now, all of these hexagons are paper spots, so I'm going to go there's a lot of places for papers in here, so I'm going to drag in my papers one at a time just so that I make sure that I'm not missing anything so this is ahh birthday kit that I have in the store this was a birthday photo of my son so I'm gonna start on the very bottom, which is this very back layer right here is the very background and I like to have a little bit of visual interest at the top and bottom of my layout simon ad stripes there and you can see what the very background you don't have to clip you can if you really want tio but it's the very bottom so you know how to clip your paper to the background and then I'm going tio out of paper to this top player now if I were to add another really crazy busy paper, it would probably look pretty wild let's see what happens going to clip this paper yeah, that is not attractive that is totally too wild for scrap booking um but that doesn't mean that you can't use the super pattern paper as that main paper, but because I use that strife, I'm going to use um a kraft paper instead. Another reason why I'm using a solid instead of a pattern is because you're going to have all of these paper blocks and you can add your little paper pieces, your pattern paper pieces in here to get that color that you want in smaller doses if you were to put a um a pattern paper in the background here then you probably want to do solid just so that it doesn't clash and conflict so let's take a bunch of different papers started to top and I'm going to just drag them in one by one and clipper fast just so I have a basic idea of where I'm going with this layout you can also, um instead of clipping the papers if you prefer layer mass you can use those as well um I prefer clipping I think it's easier down the line to change if you make a mistake or if you want to change the paper now what happens if you pull in your paper layer over the wrong spot if I were to clip this right now it would clip to that paper that I already did um I just would probably delete it and drag it back in but you can also if you're worried about it you can right click on the paper spot that you do want even um selected and then shift to select the paper as well and then just move it down one and they'll move down together in the layer grouping down here and then if it's a problem with your layout you could move back up one and then they're together and you can clip it it's a lot faster than trying to move it down the layers palette to find the correct layer e I do that and it's like oh they're all named texas gone so we checked the gun is it ok? So I have the paper and the wrong spot so you right click where the hexagon is that you want to use and you select it so that now the texting on selected hold downshift and click the paper as well and then command and left bracket to move him down together or up together you can do either way but that way what it what it ends up doing is it links them together in the layers pallets of one's right on top of each other and then you can clip them together could you just please man likes the action yeah sure they'll pop everything pops back out and then goes down in the pops up again hey that's ok you're not alone so um like I said, I build my papers first and once I have my papers settled once I have my papers settled then we can move on to embellishments and you can see that in this template there's places for embellishments already selected not all templates they're going to have that now this is what I'm showing you moving up in the layers howlett trying to figure out where it goes is kind of a pain in the butt there we go so we have all of the paper scripts together now and you can see like never said the polka dots are pretty large they paper looks off centered and weird on this layout. So what you can do is you can resize the beauty of digital scrapbooking. You could make the pattern smaller and I actually will go in and center it completely in the next gone just so that the doctor cut off on all sides equally. And then I also feel that it's too big with the candles. I want to be able to see more candles, so I'm gonna resize again and move up. Okay? So now the question is, when you have these embellishments spots tio, are you going to use them as they are? Are you going to clip your layers to these embellishment spots? Well, the answer is no, because if you were to grab a flower and then clip it to this flower spot, it would look awkward and where's. So these are really just placeholders for embellishments on your template. Scrapbooking. So I'm gonna open up the embellishment folder and I'm actually gonna follow this pretty closely to what it is on on the template. Now don't get hung up in the fact that this is a square and so are rectangle, and so I need to find a rectangle embellishment to fit their no, it is just a place holder, and typically the rectangles are going to be like placeholders for word art and that sort of stuff, so you can use that as a guide. If you want to pull in something that's, word, art, um, or you can just paper clip, you can cut the paper there, or you can just you don't worry about it. We're not worried about it at all and say, oh, well, I'm going to use ah, flower there instead, it's, totally just a place where the designer came in and they said, ok, these are attractive groupings of embellishments, and so this is where I'm going to put them.
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