Hybrid/Digital Scrapbooking : 6 things to do with Title + Journal Photo Overlays


A little something to dress up your photos : 6 Things to do with AE Title + Journal Photo Overlays


Yesterday we took a look at layout sized overlays. Today I want to focus on smaller overlays that are designed to be used right on top of a 4x6 photo (or as a journal block) and can be used as a brush (the .ABR file - to learn how to load brushes into Photoshop, read here) or as a .PNG file.

Same process as yesterday in terms of opening your photo and the .PNG file overlay in Photoshop, selecting the overlay with the move tool (the black arrow), then dragging and dropping the overlay on top of your photo.

Here are 6 ways to play with these photo overlays:

1.    Add the overlay to a photo, print at home/upload to your favorite developer + add it to a page just like you would a regular photo. When printing at home on 8.5x11 photo paper I usually create a new canvas that is 6 inches x 10 inches. I open a couple photos, drag + drop them onto the canvas, open the overlays and drag + drop them onto the photos, and print.


2.    Print overlay on a transparency + add to a layout (could be on a photo or a group of photos or on journaling, etc).

3.    Print lined version onto cardstock or patterned paper for a journal block.


To print on patterned paper I opened a new file (6 inches x 10 inches) and placed two photo overlays on the canvas. I cut my patterned paper to fit in my 8.5x11 printer, loaded it in the printer, and hit print.


4.    Print on transparency + bind together into a transparent mini book. The ones featured below are part of a travel set - each theme includes no. 1 through no. 10. My plan is to use the fabric to create a cover + use the transparencies for the interior pages (adding the photos + journaling on top of the overlays rather than underneath).


5.    Print lined version and bind together into a mini book (or adhere onto a chipboard book) - great for a travel book.

6.    Create a 4x6 album that includes the photo overlays in conjunction with the journal blocks. This one is super simple and would make a great gift. If you don't print your photos at home you can add the overlays to your photos before uploading or taking your photo card to the developer.


[ 4x6 album: Kolo; Spinner: Tim Holtz; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Photo Overlays: Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals Number One + Number Two ]









Another great site to check out for digital education is Scrap Girls. Check out their University section for a ton of tutorials. I found this section on Digital Brushes especially helpful.


For more information on hybrid and digital check out Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking.

54 thoughts

  1. Ali

    2008-07-08 10:12:04 -0400

    I am betting that the one you can't open is the .ABR file. That is the file for the brushes...you need to load those into your brush palette before using them.

  2. jennifer

    2008-07-08 11:18:17 -0400

    I am loving the new series and am so happy to see you doing more hybrid/digital techniques! Your digital elements are awesome. I've already gotten some but will need to get more. Great projects - thanks for the inspiration! :)

  3. Miriam

    2008-07-08 11:49:19 -0400

    this is such a fantastic idea Ali, can't wait to purchase your digital elements :)

  4. Terri Bradford

    2008-07-08 11:49:50 -0400

    Bought them. Love them. Love that I don't have to design these myself and can just print & scrap! Thanks, Ali! Love the simplicity and clean design.

  5. Miriam

    2008-07-08 11:50:20 -0400

    Hi Ali, will this whole series once complete be available as a PDF?
    Thank you

  6. Amanda

    2008-07-08 13:38:51 -0400

    Love these!! I have already bought two sets and have my pictures uploaded to the printer! Thanks for the fun ideas. Today and everyday :)

  7. annette

    2008-07-08 15:57:14 -0400

    Once again you never cease to amaze me with your creativity!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn't help myself bought them all and I don't digital scrap hardly at all. Can't wait to use them.
    Thanks Again. :)

  8. Crazy Daisy

    2008-07-08 17:15:34 -0400

    Wow! I love it! Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Brandi Osborn

    2008-07-08 20:24:34 -0400

    It is the title and journal overlay. When I open it in Photoshop Elements it just shows like I downloaded it from Designer Digitals. I can't use the move tool to move each individual part into Photoshop. I am truly a beginner so there is probably something very simple I'm not doing, but I don't know what it is. I keep trying to drag the "today you" page from the picture it gives me onto my Photoshop screen. Is this making any sense? I'm not sure how to explain it.

  10. Brandi Osborn

    2008-07-08 20:27:35 -0400

    It says Photoshop could not open my file because it doesn't recognize the type of file (.png)??? What am i doing wrong?

  11. Rachel

    2008-07-09 04:07:40 -0400

    I love this series. I'm totally inspired by the 4" x 6" album. I can totally see myself making this as I go, especially while traveling.

  12. Jen

    2008-07-09 08:23:04 -0400

    I'm so freaked out by photoshop but I went in and poked around...everything has worked except when I drag my photo into the canvas I created it the photo is HUGE...way bigger than the canvas...and then when I drag the overlay on to it it looks tiny so I guess I'm missing something...HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. DeDe Smith

    2008-07-09 09:38:24 -0400

    You are so amazing Ali! I love your posts! You are such an inspiration!
    I nominated you for the Brilliant Weblog Award on my blog today!
    Thanks for all you do!

  14. Tonya

    2008-07-09 11:52:09 -0400

    Thanks for sharing all the nitty gritty details, Ali! You rock! I love your style - simple yet stunning!

  15. nicoleprather

    2008-07-10 03:35:21 -0400

    hi i was wondering how you resize your overlay to the picture i have CS3 extended and yesterday tried for two hours to get it resized....i am very green to the digital scrapbooking this is the very first thing i have boughten for digital.. i love your work and you are very inspirational... thanks

  16. Rebecca

    2008-07-10 12:41:25 -0400

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Marlyn

    2008-07-11 09:04:58 -0400

    Hi Ali- I am still working on finishing my Jessica Sprague class & I am finally getting the hang of all this digital stuff. I love these overlays!
    Thanks for the step by step instructions!

  18. julis sujai

    2008-07-11 17:42:17 -0400

    Great post! I especially found it useful where tou stated.

  19. Vianna (in Florida)

    2008-07-17 21:40:20 -0400

    Thank you, Ali, for sharing your ideas. It's good to see you in the digital/hybrid world (it's where I can be found mostly) - and I have only one question, but it's one vexing issue. When I use a service to print my photos (I have been using Sams Club) I find that the edges of every picture (about 1/8 inch on all sides)get cut off. These are regular 4x6 photos. Do you, or anyone else, experience this, and if so, how do you deal with it? I place my photos on the 4x6 canvas leaving a small white border around them, which fixes the issues, as the border doesnt show and I get everything to fit in the photo. Maybe it's just a matter of how Sams Club machine is set up and I should try a different service? Thanks, if you can find the time to answer.

  20. Bre Thompson

    2008-07-29 11:27:11 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    I was just checking out the overlays and that is such a clever idea! So this leads into my ridiculous question...what type of printer do you use that allows you to print in white? I know every time I try this it is a no go for me,any suggestions? :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. valerie

    2008-08-25 19:39:30 -0400

    here is my mini book made using your fantastic inspiration thanks for sharing

  22. sof

    2008-12-10 07:10:02 -0500

    toujours autant d'inspiration !
    tes realisations sont superbe :0)
    always inspirate !
    your realisation were beautiful :0)

  23. Danielle

    2009-01-08 11:45:19 -0500

    Hello from Canada,
    Your overlays are the most awesome thing ever! I never considered digital until now!I was wondering though how I might resize the photo overlays to fit my 6X6 photo, somehow it's a little bit too big. As well, how do you change the overlay from black to white in photoshop? I appreciate any help you can provide. Danielle

  24. Photo on Canvas

    2009-04-06 18:06:20 -0400

    You are a wonderful person for posting this. I had (still have) no idea on photo overlays. Thanks for the advice.

  25. tiff

    2010-02-20 01:31:51 -0500

    awesome. going to DD while the sale is on to find your overlays.
    thanks heaps for the inspo.

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