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January 21, 2010

Scrapbooking With Your Computer : Creating Layouts With Layered Templates (Video Tutorial)

Today I want to share a video tutorial (see below) that walks you through the process of creating a layout using a layered template in Photoshop Elements.

I have come to love layered templates. They are one of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking. They work so great as a foundation for your stories. I like that they take some of the additional thought out of the design process and let me focus more on the words and the photos.

To assist you in the learning process I am including a freebie layered template that is the same as the one I am working with in the video tutorial. Click the text below to download to your computer:



Here’s a look at my completed layout:

Supplies: Cardstock: Michelle Martin Just Linens No. 1; Pattern Paper: Katie Pertiet Krafty Ledger; Capturing Brush & Template:

Because I am an advocate for not reinventing the wheel I am going to direct you to a previous layered template tutorial for specific written instructions on working with layered templates and a step by step walk-through with images using a different template. The steps and the process are essentially the same. Go here to access that tutorial.

Here are a just a couple quick tips from today’s video tutorial.

  • Shortcuts in Elements for masking one layer into another: (mac) command + g and (pc) control + g.
  • Use the eye-dropper tool to select colors from your photos to recolor embellishments, accents, etc.
  • Don’t forget to make a new layer when you placing a brush design on your layout – this gives you the ability to move it around without it being stuck on a layer with other elements.
  • Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be.

I strongly suggest clicking the link below to watch this tutorial on Vimeo or download it to your own computer. The tutorial lasts just about 40 minutes (it’s literally a step by step through my process).

Ali Edwards Digital Layered Template Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Enjoy this tutorial and free download. GO TELL A STORY.

For other posts in my Scrapbooking With Your Computer series go here.

Today is Simon’s 8th birthday. We’ve got some fun things planned for him, including taking cupcakes to his classroom. I can’t believe it has been 8 years. What an amazing journey it has been so far.


  • 1.
    Expat said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon! 8 is a great age!
    Thank you Ali for the tutorials.

  • 2.
    Baggsy said…

    Thank you so much for the lovely template. Happy Birthday to Simon. Have a great day celebrating.

  • 3.
    Sylvia said…

    Awesome tutorial, Ali!!! Thanks so much for this wonderful template :) Happy Birthday, Simon!!!

  • 4.
    Gabi said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!!! Have a great special day!
    My son turns 6 just in 4 days, I can’t believe how fast the time flies!
    Thank you for this awesome template, Ali. Lately I can’t imagine scrapping without them, they just save so much time!

  • 5.
    Jane Toft said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon! 8 is a big year in terms of growing up in my experience :)

  • 6.
    Susan said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon! Thanks for sharing your gifts with us! Have a wonderful day.

  • 7.
    Jan C. said…

    Thanks for the template. I used your December Daily templates to create probably 20 layouts this Christmas, and loved them. Never really used templates a whole lot before I tried the daily layout project, and I am hooked now.
    btw, another shortcut on the mac for masking layers together is to hold down the Option key, hover your mouse over the line between the two layers you want to join, and click.
    Happy birthday to Simon!

  • 8.
    Lori said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon! I can’t believe it’s been 8 years either; I feel like I’ve watched him grow through your wonderful words and photos for most of those 8 years. Thanks for allowing us to come along for the ride, Ali!

  • 9.
    Lisa Kisch said…

    So kind of you to offer this, Ali. Thank you. :)

  • 10.
    Kim K said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Cupcakes in the classroom…doesn’t get better than that!
    Thanks for this tutorial, Ali! You’re the best!

  • 11.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!
    Thanks for the tutorial and the freebie, Ali!

  • 12.
    Kristyn G said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!
    Ali, thanks for the great layered template! I really appreciate all of the work you have put into this series. Have a great day with your little man!

  • 13.

    Oh this is such a great series!!!!! Templates I agree so allow you to get to the story. When I was traditional scrapbooking. I would spend so much time on designing the lay-out. And now I am totally into layered templates. There is so many options to make them your own. Happy B-day Sweet Simon:)

  • 14.
    debbi g. said…

    WOW!! Thanks Ali..Happy Birthday Simon!!

  • 15.
    Gail E said…

    Thanks so much for the tutorials, Ali. Learning this has been one of my goals this year so I truly appreciate your time and effort.

  • 16.
    marsha j said…

    happy birthday Simon!! wow, he is growing up. i remember one time i took cupcakes to school for my son and he wanted me to make cooked frosting for the cupcakes. i think i even had to go to the store to get a cake mix first, also. i think the cupcakes were for a halloween party.

  • 17. said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! My little guy is 8 today too! Who knew 8 years would go so fast.

  • 18.
    fred said…

    hello Ali,
    thanks a lot for this very interesting week !
    do you know if free actions from Totally rad Actions are compatible with photoshop elements 6 ?

  • 19.
    Wendy said…

    Thank you for the wonderful template. I’m a huge fan of all of your designs and supplies.
    Happy Birthday Simon! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • 20.
    KathleenA said…

    Simon, Have a very Happy Birthday!
    Ali, the timing of these posts could not be better for me. I got Elements for Christmas and signed up for Jessica Sprague’s up and running class and this information is a perfect compliment. Thanks so much for sharing this information and for the free downloads! I have to agree, after I completed my first lesson of the Up and Running class, I saw how much easier it was to design the pages, or use a pre-desinged page, and I really did focus much more on the story. I included more journaling in my first digi layout than I have in ANY of my traditional layouts.

  • 21.
    Lauri said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!! I hope you have a GREAT day! My oldest son’s due date was January 21st…1992. Instead, he was born on January 31st!! And he is now about to turn 18! There’s nothing sweeter than a son when he is between the ages of 7 and 11…enjoy!!
    And thanks for the digital guidance and template! So fun to play with!

  • 22.
    Afusomax said…

    Happy Birthday Dude! 8 is great!

  • 23.
    Taraleigh Gray said…

    Birthday wishes to Simon! Hope he has a great day!

  • 24.
    Dana N said…

    Happy birthday Simon! Have a great day.
    Thanks Ali for the template!

  • 25.
    Jacky S said…

    Thank you for sharing all this…it is sooooooooo helpful.

  • 26.
    Jenny W said…

    A very happy birthday to Simon! And a very happy day to his Momma as well…I think our kids’ birthdays are amazing. I know that for me at least, these days mean remembering the birth stories, and reflecting on the years and memories that have past.

  • 27.
    Deb J said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Ali, I”m really enjoying and learninf from these lessons you are doing. The vimeo tutorial is great too. Thanks so much.

  • 28.
    Yolanda said…

    Thanks for the long, detailed lesson and for the link to the brush tutorial, yesterday. Using brushes versus PNG files had been a complete mystery to me ad I finally *got* the difference yesterday. But above all, I want to say…
    Happy Birthday, Simon!!

  • 29.
    alexa said…

    Delightful LO – Happy Birthday to Simon, and happy remembering to you all!

  • 30.
    Jennifer said…

    Thank you for the video. I love using layers, and I am excited that I learned a couple of new tricks! Can’t wait to go home and play!
    Happy Birthday Simon, I hope you have a great day!

  • 31.
    Elaine said…

    Happy Birthday Simon !!!!!

  • 32.
    caro said…

    Oh Happy Birthday Simon! I love hearing about your amazing family, all the great things you are interested in (like lego & star wars), and what a wonderful brother you are. enjoy being EIGHT!!!

  • 33.
    Lara said…

    Thank you so much Ali! I love all your designs and use them so often in my digital scrapbooking. Happy Birthday sweet Simon. Have a FUN day!

  • 34.
    Lori said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Thank you ALL the helpful information this weekend and the freebies too – wowzers!!!

  • 35.
    Carrie said…

    Really love the layout – thanks for sharing. I share a birthday with Simon so please tell him Happy Birthday! 8 is a great age – much better than 35!

  • 36.
    ale said…

    happy b-day to simon!!! and we too get presents! ali, i can’t thank you enough for this tutorials (and freebies). you are an amazing teacher, and i can’t wait for your next online workshop! “yesterday & today” changed the way i scrapbook.

  • 37.
    tchrtiff said…

    Ali, thanks for the great tutorials this week. Although I’ve taken an online class about this I’m learning so much from you. The freebie is wonderful, can’t wait to make something with it.
    Happy 8th Birthday Simon! Enjoy your special day!

  • 38.
    Julie L said…

    Ali, thank you for all the wonderful information and the free download! Happy Birthday Simon! I hope he enjoys his special day!

  • 39.
    Kimberly White said…

    Thanks Ali!

  • 40.
    Sabine said…

    Ali, thanks for this great tutorial!
    Happy Birthday Simon. Enjoy your day!

  • 41.
    Tara said…

    Happy Birthday to an adorable 8 year old….hope you had a wonderful day and enjoy your new presents.
    Happy Happy Birthday

  • 42.
    Deiga said…

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Simon. Being eight is great! To your mom, thank you Ali for this series and for just the inspiration you have been for a lot of years!

  • 43.
    Joyce said…

    Thank you so much for being so generous with the freebies and tutorial! Hope Simon has a super fun birthday!

  • 44.
    Linda said…

    Happy birthday Simon! Lucky you, I love cupcakes. Thanks for being so generous this week Ali.

  • 45.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Hey Simon Happy 8th Birthday from Australia. Have a blast! You already have the best present you could have – the love of your Mum, Dad and little sister. Nothing can beat that.
    Ali, as always, thanks for your inspiration.
    Cheers Paula

  • 46.
    Diane said…

    I just made my very first scrapbook page!!!! I can’t believe how simple and easy it was to just drop everything in. I followed along with you during the tutorial. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t wait to do more.

  • 47.
    Theresa said…

    This series is so timely!! I gifted myself Jessica Sprague’s Up & Running class for Xmas, and the lesson I finished yesterday fits in perfectly with this wonderful video on layered templates. Thank you so much Ali!!!! I will be a digital scrapbooker yet.
    Have a great birthday with Simon! It’s almost my son’s 7 1/2 birthday, as he likes to remind me.

  • 48.
    Maica said…

    Happy 8th birthday to Simon, from Catalonia ;)

  • 49.
    Sara G said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 50.
    Sara G said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

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