December Daily 2010 | Working With The 6x8 Printable Overlays (+ Video Tutorial)

One of the key elements of my 2010 December Daily are these 6x8 overlays available through Designer Digitals. Below I've included a few different ways to work with these overlays including information on how to open and print the PDF file, how to open and recolor PNG files in Word, and an 8 minute video tutorial on working with the PNG file in Photoshop Elements (includes recoloring and photo-cropping information if you want to add the overlay onto a photo before printing).

When you purchase and download this package from Designer Digitals you will find that it includes the following:

1. A folder of the daily PNG files sized to 6x8 (December 1 through December 31).
2. A print-ready PDF file.
3. A preview file.
4. My terms of use (personal use only).


Let's start with what's most likely the simplest way to get these files printed: the PDF file.

Double click on the print-ready PDF file to open - for most people it will open in Adobe Reader. If for some reason you don't have Adobe Reader on your computer already you can download it free here.

The PDF pages include "crop-marks" that will help you trim these pages to the exact 6 inch x 8 inch size. Go to file/print and your print dialog box should pop-up.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When printing the PDF file, make sure that you have selected "shrink to printable area" rather than "fit to printable area" under Page Scaling. This will position the overlay and crop marks in the middle of the page at the correct size. If you select "fit to printable area" it will stretch the overlay and it will end up printing larger.

I printed all my overlays on Bazzill Cream Puff cardstock using my HP Photosmart B8550 printer.


If you'd like more control over how the overlays look, or want to place one on a photo, or want to make any other adjustments, you'll want to use the PNG file.


You do not need to have Photoshop Elements to recolor or print a PNG file. Here's how to do it with Microsoft Word:

1. Open a new Word file.

2. Go to Insert/Picture/From File and navigate to the PNG file you downloaded to your computer and select the day you want to work with.

Here's what the PNG file looks like when it opens in Word.

3. To recolor the lines of the overlay, go to View and select the Formatting Palette (I'm working in Word for Mac 2008). Click the Recolor icon near the top and select More Options at the bottom of the menu to choose a color. Click the color and the overlay should automatically change to that color.

4. Print on cardstock.


I've put together a quick video tutorial for those of you who might be interested in learning how to recolor or add an overlay to a photo in Photoshop Elements. You can download a free trial version of Elements here. If you'd like written step by step directions for recoloring PNG files in Elements, go here.

Ali Edwards' 2010 December Daily 6x8 Overlay Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

One thing to keep in mind with the overlays is that in addition to being printed directly on cardstock, they also work great layered on top of a photo. More information on that is included with the video above. Depending on what photo you choose to use they might offer a great spot for journaling as well.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any additional questions on working with these overlays.

More information on the December Daily project can be found here.

53 thoughts

  1. Kimbee

    2010-10-14 10:34:44 -0400

    I love the idea of Daily Dec and tried very hard last year to play along. While I didn't get far ( only managed 4 all digital pages), I loved all 4 and am thinking I am going to hop on board again this year, love whatever I do and just make this a December Magic album with multi years. Ali thank you for all your inspiration. You really do rock the scrapping world(+:

  2. Elizabeth H.

    2010-10-14 10:43:53 -0400

    I have not purchased the overlays (yet) because I have not been brave enough to venture into digi as of now. However, your tutorial here makes me think this would be a great opportunity to learn and play a "simple" layout. One question I have is can you change the color of the different areas (encased by the lines)? For example, in the picture you printed with the overlay on top of the photo (all digi), the long rectangle box on the bottom left is 'clear'. If I wanted to fill the box in (say in white) so I could use black or another color font for journaling, can this be done? Thanks!

  3. LynneH in MO

    2010-10-14 11:23:43 -0400

    I love the overlays! This year's album is a very simple, elegant concept and was just what I needed. I resized my overlays to 5.25x7" so that I could get 2 on each 8.5x11" sheet.

  4. Stephanie Kennedy

    2010-10-14 12:54:38 -0400

    This year's standard 6x8 format is wonderful! In the past when I've wanted to do DD, the fact that your examples use different sized pages always stopped me cold. It looks incredible the way you mix and match, but my brain just will *not* wrap around that concept for this particular project. LOL

    When I saw your concept this year with the overlays and the cover and the standard size, I knew I could do it. It's so easy to assemble it all ahead of time! Thanks for sharing your time and talent! And for the link to the font, I forsee a lot of my discressionary "allowance" going to those people, lol!!



  5. lee

    2010-10-14 13:21:31 -0400

    I am very excited about the daily page templates you've designed - what a great and simple foundation to build from! I'm looking forward to printing and working with these, and as a few others have said, I appreciate the PDF option being available (for those of us who still haven't ventured into the Photoshop world).

    Thanks for the inspiration!! =)

  6. lindsey

    2010-10-14 15:17:42 -0400

    I love your step by step videos. I watch it, stop, and try it on my own photo along with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to educate!

    Question: Your photo was nicely composed where you only cropped out from the left and right, if I want to crop from top and bottom as well should I do that before or after cropping it to the 6x8 size? Not sure if my question is clear.

    Thanks again for your amazing inspiration and education!

  7. Rebekah Pontow

    2010-10-15 01:35:11 -0400

    *sigh* I have yet to venture very far into the dehi world of scrapbooking. I use my printer to print my journaling and sometimes make a cute little template around the journaling in Word. I have little time to work on learning this stuff and scrap during nap times and after bed times. I'm afraid to even start!

    I love the template and would love to use it - any tips, or helpful words to get me started?

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  9. Rosanne K

    2010-10-15 13:04:41 -0400

    Hopefully, these are quick questions. I have 2 questions about the size 6x8 (which I absolutely love). 1) Using a 12x12 sheet of cardstock, you can get 2 6x8 pages out of can I do this while using my printer and the PDF file? I can feed a 6x12 sheet through, but how do I resize the pdf so it doesn't mess up the sizing...I know, beginner question. 2) I am super new to PSE8, just scraping the surface...I need to print pics at like Costco...they don't print a 6x8 or 5.5x6.25...I would like to be able to make a print...say 8x12, with a bunch of my pics the right size...could you point me in the right direction?
    Thanks for all the info on your album! I am super excited to start.

  10. Linn

    2010-10-16 22:34:32 -0400

    No questions, just a comment...this will be my third or fourth year doing the December daily and my books are always totally different from yours but inspired by your ideas. This year, thanks for posting about your album so early...I'm actually going to do mine just like yours this year. Transparencies and your digi overlays. Love that! Keeping it simple and streamlined for an easy Christmas season! Thanks Ali!

  11. Chrystie

    2010-10-25 16:39:00 -0400

    Ali, I just wanted to thank you so much for the tutorials you publish on your site. I have been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to make the overlays and templates work from last year's December Daily and I finally had time to really dig into it last weekend. I watched your "Remember This" template tutorial and it really answered a lot of the questions I had. It was so helpful and I really appreciate it. Now I am excited to take on this year's album!

  12. Heather

    2010-10-25 16:56:29 -0400

    I have a question about printing the PNG overlays. Did you cut your paper down to 6x8 before printing? Or did you leave wider margins? I just noticed how all your margins appear to be exactly the same on each page and wondered how you did it; I'm also trying to get the most out of my 12x12 cardstock. :) (My printer does do borderless prints, by the way.) Thanks for the help - and the inspiration, as always! :)

  13. Gerda

    2010-10-30 03:03:46 -0400

    can I change the days to German.
    Sunday= Sonntag


  14. Stephanie

    2010-11-01 09:27:42 -0400

    HI there! I am so excited to try this! I am a beginner and was wondering how do you get the overlays to print out in color? What program do I use and so forth? Do you have a tutorial?
    Thanks so much!!

  15. Allison

    2010-11-02 17:35:20 -0400

    I have a question about modifying the DD overlays for other uses. I'm looking to put together a family journal next year, and am not sure if I should buy or make one. I like the '365' concept and am wondering, can I use these templates but add more daily numbers (ie. in the numbers box: day 248,for example)?

  16. Sandy

    2010-11-11 21:47:53 -0500

    You are really tempting me to do this you make it look easy. But I just don't think I have enough stuff in my life going on to find 25 different pics in a row. You know I am a stay at home housewife kids are gone so its just me most of the time. Anyway I may try it and have a whole lot of blank pages. I did one last year with Papperclipping and never filled it up.
    And I really liked your video I have PSE but hardly use it.

  17. Christina

    2010-11-15 18:44:21 -0500

    Is there a way to resize the overlays just slightly smaller, say to 5x7? I'm planning to use a book that size and I think I'd cut off some part of the border and it won't look the same as the original overlay. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

  18. Sandy

    2010-11-28 21:50:58 -0500

    Well here I am again, I just printed out the overlays I decided to take the plunge and give it a what if I have a few blank pages...but I am going to try and fill them.
    Love your video's I mainly use my PSE for pic storage hopefully I'll learn how to use it.

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    2010-12-04 13:21:46 -0500

    Just purchased the overlays and am try to change color in Word but its not working. Followed your example but only the outer line changes color. Help...using Microsoft Word 2007. Thanks

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  24. Katie

    2013-12-04 16:37:16 -0500

    I am using the PNG files in another scrapbooking software, I have used your PNGs successfully with my software in the past.I want to use as an overlay, on top of a photo. For some reason the 4x6 journaling cards (DD 2013) aren't working as overlays. They are coming out opaque, even though I am sure they are the PNGs I am trying to use. Do you know why?

  25. Meagan

    2013-12-05 23:29:42 -0500

    Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial! I've seriously been wasting so much time trying to figure out how to do these sorts of thing in elements with no luck, just frustration! ha
    Finally, after probably 30 hours of trying to learn myself I've printed off my first edited photo with some PNG stamps that I purchased through Studio Calico! yay! THANKS to you :)
    I would love to see a basics course by you showing the ropes of how to load, and use all the digital bits available in the scrapbooking world on photos in Elements. I love how you and others use them on your photos and in albums. Thanks for sharing the brains! :)

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