Week In The Life : Collage Layered Template Video Tutorial

Week In The Life : Collage Layered Template Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo. Don't forget that you can click on the link to view larger.

Yesterday I put together a video tutorial (10 mins +) that will show you my process for working with the digital collage pages in my Week In The Life 8.5x11 layered template album. I hope this is helpful for those of you who are choosing to use the templates either as part of a hybrid or digital album.

Look for a new post tomorrow that talks about my process with the words.

for a complete list of Week In The Life posts.



In honor of National Scrapbook Day Designer Digitals is marking down
the store 20% from now through Sunday morning at 6am.

Here's a few of my newest products you might want to consider for your next project (or to add to your Week In The Life album): 


Memory Lifelines


This Is The Day Vol. 2


Week In The Life Mega Twill Pack


Hand-Drawn Numbers


And since Mother's Day is coming up, you might consider a set of Mom Word Art.

32 thoughts

  1. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-29 02:31:34 -0400

    Check back tomorrow Rachel - full post coming on this topic :).

  2. Myra

    2010-04-29 02:46:37 -0400

    Ali -- I finished my last day yesterday, using your templates and one of Cathy's as my cover page. I can't tell you how happy I am that I did this! I'm so proud of the effort. THANK YOU for all you've given us these past few weeks in your time, tutorials, etc. You've made this Texas mom giddy!

  3. Jennie

    2010-04-29 02:56:43 -0400

    HI ali
    I am loving this project! pictures have been taken and photos are processed and picked. I want to do it digitally but am a little confused about which elements besides the 8.5x11 template and the journaling cards that I need?

  4. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-29 03:19:06 -0400

    Hi Jennie - if you want to do it all digitally (no cutting + gluing) then you really only need the template package (either 12x12 of 8.5x11). It includes journaling cards, tabs, etc.

  5. Deb

    2010-04-29 03:25:53 -0400

    Ali, These tutorials are soooo helpful. Thanks for doing them. I am now off to purchase your kit from DD!

  6. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-29 03:35:00 -0400

    You are welcome!

  7. Natalie

    2010-04-29 04:22:50 -0400

    This was a wonderful and helpful tutorial! I can't wait to get home and find some time to play with this. Thank you!

  8. Carrie Alexander

    2010-04-29 04:35:52 -0400

    ARRRGGG! I just ordered a bunch of your goodies...YESTERDAY!!! Love em, but that 20% off would have made me love em even more, LOL. The templates are soooo easy to use, I only spent an hour last night setting up my two main photo pages for each day last night. In Oct 2008, I spent HOURS resizing, cropping, printing and cutting photos for my week project. Thanks for giving us a way to make this all about the photos and STORY instead of tedious photo work!

  9. Jill

    2010-04-29 05:37:22 -0400

    Ali, I think I know the answer because I just attempted this, but I was wondering if the videos can be saved on a hard drive. I will have some laptop time this wkend for pictures & planning, but no internet access. Just thought there may be a chance. Thanks. . .and either way thanks a ton for the videos and all of your educating of the masses :)

  10. Vicki A

    2010-04-29 05:40:53 -0400

    Hi Ali! I loved doing the week in pictures project along with you! Question for you, do the templates work with any scrapbooking program, or do you have to have Adobe Photoshop or Elements? I have never done digital, but would like to try. Thanks!!

  11. Jewel

    2010-04-29 06:11:00 -0400

    I am new to Photoshop Elements and found your video tutorial to be AWESOME. Thanks for taking the time to demonstrate it.

  12. Heidi

    2010-04-29 06:19:28 -0400

    Ali - ditto to the others. Thanks so much for sharing your info (free too!!). I consider myself semi computer literate but have never jumped into digital stuff (and really only hybrid in a very simple way). I decided w/ this album I was going to "get brave" and buy your templates at DD & give it a go -- still hybrid but more digital than I've ever attempted before. Taking time to learn something new & play around. Last night I finished the "openers" for Mon, Tues & Weds thanks to your tutorial and your templates from DD. THANK YOU!!! I'm on my way :) and in the mean time I'm proud of myself to boot :) Heidi

  13. Bev

    2010-04-29 08:04:40 -0400

    I use DS Colour Labs http://www.dscolourlabs.co.uk/digital_photo_printing.cfm
    who are in the UK, they will print A4 or 12x12 and I have done both, either put an 8.5x11 print onto a 12x12 sheet, or resized the template to A4. They are on the UK but deliver to Europe.

  14. Jennifer Johnson

    2010-04-29 08:04:44 -0400

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have never worked with a layered template before, but I'm going to buy it now and am so excited to finish up this project! This is the first project in a long time that I am actually going to FINISH!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Briana Johnson

    2010-04-29 09:14:51 -0400

    Thank you, Ali! I already had your template in my cart at designer digitals but I was not looking forward to having to try and play and figure it out on my own - I was stumped about the clipping mask - Now I don't have to! And I loved putting a voice with a face. It was nice to hear you after all the times I have "read" you : )

  16. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-29 10:54:15 -0400

    I am pretty sure (but not 100% positive) that to use the layered templates you need to have Photoshop or Elements. Adobe offers a free trial of Elements here: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/?promoid=BPDEM

  17. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-29 10:55:33 -0400

    Hi Jill - if you click on this link: http://www.vimeo.com/11316808 I see that there is a spot to click "download this video." It's under the "About This Video" section.

  18. susan

    2010-04-29 11:53:39 -0400

    ali, i'm sorry to bother you.....i watched your tutorial and made out pretty well but the part of making your image fit the predetermined spaces i can't seem to get, i did like you said between the layers, alt and click but the photos don't seem to be in correct, any advice? thank you!!

  19. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-29 12:50:11 -0400

    Hi Susan - try just using Control G. Make sure to have the photo layer selected/highlighted in the layers palette and directly above the layer you want it to mask into.

  20. Susan

    2010-04-29 13:03:50 -0400

    ok ali! i will try that, thank you so much. will that help with the distortion too? enjoy your night and thank you again :)

  21. Carmel

    2010-04-29 13:40:17 -0400

    Emily - did they say how long it would take to get them to Oz (I am in NZ) and is the cost of postage etc. prohibitive?

  22. JillT

    2010-04-29 14:39:08 -0400

    Thanks! It's downloading right now. No excuse to not have a progressive weekend!

  23. Nancy

    2010-04-30 10:13:08 -0400

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for your reply!
    I did email them and they indeed ship to NL.
    Now I only need to get myself a creditcard, because they don't accept Paypal.
    Have to think about that though.
    But good to know that it is an option.
    Thank you!

  24. Nancy

    2010-04-30 10:16:41 -0400

    Thank, Bev, that looks like a good option too!
    I see they accept checks, so I am going to look into that next week.
    Thanks for the suggestion!

  25. debra s

    2010-04-30 16:14:16 -0400

    Thanks for the video, Ali!

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