The Traveler & Deeply Loved : Four Corners Layered Template Two Ways


I love getting stuff back from the printer. Whether it is a 12x12 digital scrapbooking page or a bunch of individual photos for paper pages, it just makes me happy (as it should be). 

The above layout was printed at (I noticed they are having an August sale with 12x12 prints for $1.99). These digital pages go right into my 12x12 albums with my other pages. You can see a post that includes photos of some pages in one of my albums here

The layout above appears in the August issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. It's a good example of showcasing different time-periods on one layout. Think of all the time our kids spend in the car (and how much time we spend in the car going here and there). I need to get my camera out and make sure to take a few shots now that we have two kids and two car seats in the back.

The digital layout above was created using a layered template available at Designer Digitals: Four Corners Circle layered template. Wondering how to work with layered templates in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? Go here or here or here.


I posted this layout in my gallery at Designer Digitals
and someone mentioned that they liked how each of the photos included
something Simon was interested in at the time (or still is today). That
was a cool observation that I had not intended when I was putting it
together. It's another reason to remember to include more than just a cute face in the photos we take - the surroundings often add so much more to the story.

Digital Supplies: AE Four Corners Circle Layered Template; Katie Pertiet Graphic Garden No. 2

See all of my available layered templates here.

I was going to end the post here but instead decided to put another page together to show a different way to use the template as a jumping off point for another project. Here's the result:

Digital Supplies: Ali Edwards Four Corners Circle Layered Template, 12x12 Text Frames Baby; Michelle Martin: Aryanna & Colbie Solids Paper Packs; Pattie Knox Absolutely Acrylic Clockworks; Katie Pertiet Rose Garden Mini Kit, Negative Sleeves; Anna Aspnes Stitched By Anna No.5

Instead of the four quadrants I changed the main circle area to a full circle by simply using the shape tool and deleting the other areas.

As I was adding (and removing - with digital especially I find myself adding + removing more than with paper) elements I decided to try adding a page protector sleeve vertically (love those things in paper + digitally) and slip a couple elements in behind. This is all done using the layers palette in Photoshop or Elements.

The circle stitching was added last. I like how it felt finished to me when the stitching was added. 

Now it goes into the "TO PRINT" folder for the next time I upload.

51 thoughts

  1. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-12 11:00:43 -0400

    It's really helped me in getting these pages + other photo enlargements printed.

  2. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-12 11:01:25 -0400

    Hi Arrica - I just created a file that is on my desktop. Easy to just save to that file :).

  3. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-12 11:02:16 -0400

    Hey Sansku - check out these links - there are some good places to begin listed here: /getting-started-with-digi.html

  4. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-12 11:04:07 -0400

    Hi Annette - they are printed on matte photo paper. I remember the first time I saw Jessica Sprague's scrapbooks in person (printed digital pages) - I was amazed how awesome they looked all together. I didn't notice the paper at all...and now it is the same when I see them in my albums. I look right at the photos :).

  5. AmberLee

    2009-08-12 11:12:10 -0400

    Ali I love the layouts but I have a question about something in the picture. What is that seat thing Anna is in? Is it one of those portable high chair things? Do you take it with you when you eat out (does it fold up)? The other night I realized Tuesday could sit in the high chair at the restaurant instead of the car seat, but it was gross.

  6. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-12 13:25:19 -0400

    Yep - take it with you & it folds up (kinda). My sil has one for Lucy. It is from Chicco - it's called a Caddy HookOn:

  7. Heather

    2009-08-12 14:12:07 -0400

    Hi Ali!
    In just under a month, I'm going on my first vacation in 4 years. I'm so excited! I was wondering... I know you've done a few scrapbooking-on-the-road things. Any chance you can show that again? I really want to make a pack up on what to take and could really use the help getting it together!

  8. Jen Davis

    2009-08-12 14:38:17 -0400

    I love, love, love these layouts! I saw that first one in CK and loved everything about it. Also am going to steal that idea regarding the "to print" file, that's going to save me a ton of time! =)
    Thanks Ali!

  9. Amber Lee

    2009-08-12 18:24:08 -0400

    Cool thanks Ali!

  10. emily

    2009-08-13 01:14:18 -0400

    love the pink! r u still using scrapbookpictures for digital printing? thanks! have a great day! emily

  11. emily

    2009-08-13 01:16:44 -0400

    haha never mind....i see that you mentioned it earlier in your post, I just missed it. :)

  12. kim

    2009-08-13 02:49:42 -0400

    love, LOVE this whole layout and idea... but look at Simon... what a handsome boy... he is so growing up.

  13. Deanna Dennison

    2009-08-13 02:56:54 -0400

    When you send the layouts to the printer, are they saved as a psd file or jpeg file? Also, do you change the resolution when you post on your blog?
    Thank you,

  14. Amy L

    2009-08-13 04:39:24 -0400

    What cutting mat are you using? I would really like a white one like that!

  15. Huyen

    2009-08-13 06:22:36 -0400

    Love the layouts! Kids are so cute!!!

  16. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-13 07:59:37 -0400

    Yep :)

  17. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-13 08:00:18 -0400

    They are saved as a jpg for uploading + printing. I definitely change the resolution to 72dpi for putting images on my blog.

  18. Ali Edwards

    2009-08-13 08:01:30 -0400

    Hey thanks - that's a new addition. I ordered it from

  19. Monika

    2009-08-13 09:44:36 -0400

    Cute, cute, cute...and a lot of talent. I have a question about the numbers digi page from a few posts ago. Since I am new to figuring out all the digi stuff, is it possible to change the colors of the individual numbers on your template so that it could be used for multiple projects?
    I have used iPhoto in the past (we're on a Mac) and much prefer Aperture, which is also a Mac product. In Aperture, you can make a new "album" to move pictures to, and when you're finished with the project, you can delete the album, without deleting any of the photos. They are still in their original project, the album is just a temporary place for them. You can also do more editing with Aperture as opposed to iPhoto, for those who don't have Photoshop. Try it.

  20. Janie

    2009-08-13 10:40:38 -0400

    I've been using ever sinc eyou recommended them last year (maybe longer). They have always provided wonderful pages, excellent customer service, and quick turnaround.

  21. Jennifer Larson

    2009-08-13 16:43:27 -0400

    In that bottom right hand photo, Simon looks like a young man, not a boy. Wow. He's gown up in front of your and your readers' eyes. Amazing.

  22. anna

    2009-08-13 17:41:18 -0400

    ali, i'm so inspired by this blog many others, but i've kept coming back to this one over and over...feeling like, look she just made it and printed it...just like that. but i'm still sitting here, and haven't even started on my own.
    i know you've mentioned to go for it. not be afraid...but maybe i feel overwhelmed with which story to start with?
    thanks ali!

  23. Ann

    2009-08-15 00:55:40 -0400

    I love these layouts. I haven't tried digital scrapping yet but you're starting to persuade me!

  24. Andrea

    2009-08-17 19:49:28 -0400

    Hi Ali, I LOVE the 4 corners page with the dates in the centre - I just can't figure out how to make the change. Help!?

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