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Digital Scrapbooking Templates and How to Use Them

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Digital Scrapbooking Templates are a wonderful digital scrapbooking tool that gives you instant inspiration! Learn how to use digital scrapbooking templates.

For this tutorial we will be using Adobe Photoshop CS 5.  These instructions should work in any Adobe Photoshop program.  For this tutorial I am using a digital scrapbooking template I made and the Springtime Page Kit created by Connie Prince.

Getting Started using Digital Scrapbooking Templates

First you want to open the digital scrapbooking template in your program.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Next, I like to fill in the background papers.  It may be easier for you to hide all the layers that you are not working with.  This way you can see what you want to fill in.  Or you can leave them all visible.   I work both ways depending on the template.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Once you have them open drag one onto your digital scrapbooking template.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Position that paper over the piece of the digital scrapbooking template you would like it to be and align it so it is in the correct position.  For my example I wanted it to be the very bottom paper, the brown one.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

You then want to group the paper to the layer of the digital scrapbooking template.  I use control G to group it down.  You can go to layers and group.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

How to use digital scrapbooking templates
You continue with grouping the papers to the pieces of the digital scrapbooking template until you have the ones you want filled in with the papers.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

At this time I like to merge the layers I have grouped.  To do that you Highlight both layers in the Layers Pallet.  Then right click and a box will pop up and give you some options.  Click on Merge Layers

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Once you have those merged if you hid all the other layers on your template you want to start making them visible so that you can work with them.

I like to start at the bottom so that I can work upward and not miss any layers.  Again you want to open the piece of the kit you are going to use.  Then drag it onto the template.  And you may have to resize or rotate or flip the element to your liking.    Be sure not to stretch them.  If you resize them be sure to hold down shift keep the element from looking stretched.   I will show you later on what it looks like stretched.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

For the leaves I’m going to be replacing them with a leaf from the kit I am using.  You can do the same  as the papers and group a paper to the leaf shape on the template if the kit you are using does not have any leaves.  I do not like doing it that way because the digital scrapbooking template is a flat image so there will be no depth to the leaf.

Once you have the leaves in place you can delete or hide the ones that were on your digital scrapbooking template.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

You do the same for the flowers that you did for the leaves.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

The digital scrapbooking template I am using has two photo’s and two frames.  You can add a frame to the photo’s if you want or use a paper in place of the frame or you can leave it as it is.  I like to change it so that it matches the kit.

To use a frame you would just place it above the layer on the digital scrapbooking template and the hide or delete the template layer.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

For the other photo frame I am grouping a paper over it to give some contrast.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Once you have your frames in place you are ready to add your photo’s.

You will add your photo’s by grouping them to the photo section of the digital scrapbooking template.  Be sure not to stretch them.   If you stretch them they will look funny.  Same thing with elements.  This screenshot shows what it looks like if anything is stretched.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

This screenshot shows my page with everything in place that the digital scrapbooking template had.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Now here comes the fun part.  I like to add extra stuff to the digital scrapbooking template to make it my own and really stand out.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

Now you can add Journaling and a title.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

And lastly you want to add shadowing.  Shadowing gives depth to your page.

How to use digital scrapbooking templates

All that is left is saving your page and posting it in the Gotta Pixel Gallery!  I hope this has helped you!

You can find more digital scrapbooking templates in our store.

Here is the finished layout!

Easter Eggs Digital Scrapbooking Layout

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