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December Daily 2010 | Ideas For Using The 6x8 Layered Templates (+ Video Walk-Through & Tutorial)

First off I wanted to say thank you to those of you that requested these 6x8 layered templates. After playing with them today in preparation for this post I can definitely see them coming in very-handy for my album.

Today's post includes two videos. This first is a walk-through of the ways I plan to use these 6x8 layered templates and the second is step-by-step instruction in Photoshop Elements.

Let's start with a little walk-through video:

Ali Edwards | December Daily 6x8 Template Walk-Through from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

And here's a video that walks you through using the templates in Photoshop Elements:

Ali Edwards | 6x8 December Daily Layered Template Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Here's a look at the ideas I covered in the above videos:

IDEA #1. Use as an overlay on a full page photo.


Inside the layered template package there are two pages that are designed specifically to use for full-page photos. Any of the others could also be used by hiding/removing the image boxes (the yellow photo boxes).

Here's what this one looks like after printing and cropping from the 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper:

And as a spread with the 2010 date overlays:

The page with the #2/right-hand side of the spread might include:


  • another photo or more than one photo

  • handwritten journaling

  • journaling from my typewriter

  • something that came in the mail or other little pieces of paper from the day

  • a photo with journaling


IDEA #2. Print the photos on photo paper + print the frame on cardstock.


Use the layered template to just print photos. Mask your photos (command G on a Mac or control G on a PC) into each of the squares and print on photo-paper (turn off the overlay layer before printing by clicking on the "eye" next to the layer in the layers palette).

Turn the overlay layer back on (and turn off your photo layers) and print on cardstock. Crop images from photo paper and adhere onto cardstock background.

Here's what this one looks like after cropping and before adhering the photos on the cardstock:

This is a really great option if you want to add more dimension to your album. Use foam dots under the photos to have them stick up off the page. There's lots of possibilities with this option. The best part is that the basic design is already decided allowing you to focus more on the images and the story.

Here's what it looks like as part of a spread with the transparent page in-between:


IDEA #3. Print the frame and photos on photo paper.


The super quick and simple option is to just mask your photos and print on photo paper. Add other digital elements or not. Add traditional embellishments after printing or not.

Here's what it looks like after being cropped from the 8.5x11 photo paper:

And a look at this one in the spread:

Want more information or additional video tutorials on digital and hybrid scrapbooking? Click here to access my Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking tutorials.

ADDITIONAL SUPPLY INFORMATION
Photo Paper | Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl 8 1/2 x 11
Printer is a | HP Photosmart B8550
Trimmer | Fiskars Desktop Rotary Trimmer

If you've got any questions about this process let me know in the comments. I hope you're getting excited!

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  1. Melissa C. says…
    11/22/2010

    Totally loving the videos (DD and Halloween)....I'm a visual learner, no doubt! :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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  2. peggy says…
    11/22/2010

    i too am a visual learner. need step by step all the way.
    these are so helpful.
    thank you ali.

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  3. amyellen says…
    11/22/2010

    thank you so much! so great to see these and love the step by step, so very helpful.

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  4. Regina Holcomb says…
    11/22/2010

    Have you ever had a problem with the photos that you print off of your photosmart printer? I did some and by the next year they were faded bad. I was just wondering if you have ever had a problem with your pictures.

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    1. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      Hi Regina - I haven't had any issues with this printer. This is my second HP Photosmart - I've been using them for about four years total now and the pages I created four years ago still look good. What paper are you using? Does that seem to make a difference?

    2. Ali says…
      11/24/2010

      Just a note that I prefer the printers that have individual cartridges for the colors (such as cyan, magenta, yellow) and then black.

    3. Heather says…
      11/23/2010

      Regina, I have two printers at home. I have an HP Photosmart 7150 and a Kodak something or other. I bought the Kodak b/c the ink is so much cheaper. And I know why. I printed out photos on it and within six months they looked like pictures of ghosts, totally faded out.

      The HP pictures never fade at all. ???

      Ali, do you recall if the DD templates you did last year are 6x8? I'm planning on going digital this year and I have the templates from last year. Don't want to buy a duplicate product. :P

    4. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      This is the first year I've done 6x8. All the other December Daily templates are 12x12.

      There are also new 12x12 templates - same basic structure and type-design as the 6x8 here: http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/supplies/product_info.php/products_id/10703

    5. Regina Holcomb says…
      11/23/2010

      Ali, the printer was a kodak. I ended up taking it back and just ordering my prints online, but with seven kids I would like a way to just print them at home so I can do the December Daily and work on it at night while the kiddos are sleeping. I am looking at a hp and before I invested money into it, I want to be sure I will get good pictures. Thank you'll for helping me.

    6. Regina says…
      11/24/2010

      Thanks so much for your advice. My new epson 1100 is like that. I love that feature and I will be looking for it in my new hp.

  5. Laura F. says…
    11/22/2010

    Ali, don't know if you have a Whole Foods near you but their holiday brown paper grocery bags have this printed on them in red: Every meal has a story - celebrate yours. I love it!

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    1. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      Thanks for the heads up Laura - I wish we had one close - the closest is about two hours away :(.

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  7. SteffB says…
    11/23/2010

    I was just wondering the other day if you are still doing the Project Life and if so, how you are handling doing both projects at once. Are you using some of the same images in both books, or are you taking special pics for your December Daily? I'm attempting to do Project Life online and am struggling, hopefully the holidays will bring out the urge to photograph more!

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    1. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      Hi SteffB - I am definitely still doing project life! For me it has become a great place for collecting all kinds of pieces of life - photos, drawings, little stories, etc. I will most likely not be using the same images in both books (but I might and that would be ok too). The way I look at it is that there are always more than one story that comes about over the course of the day - one can be told in Project Life and another can be told in December Daily. I think they actually work nice together.

      A note about my Project Life - for me it's very low-key. No stress. I'm not trying to do a photo a day - it's more a place to store stuff and to include photos when I can. I'm actually planning to do a big printing of most of my photos from last year to fill in the holes.

    2. steffb says…
      11/23/2010

      Ah, my Project Life is digital, I'm struggling not to abandon it (I started when the school year started), because I don't take a picture every day although I try, and I haven't figured out what to do with the empty spaces, have tried a few things but don't like them. Maybe the monthly approach would be better for me, but I like the IDEA of a daily thing LOL. Somehow taking a picture of ephemera is just not as fulfilling as putting the real bits of stuff in there :-(

  8. Jen C says…
    11/23/2010

    Great tutorial...can't wait to start filling up this book!

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  9. Marsaille says…
    11/23/2010

    Lovely ideas! I want them even more now...

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  10. Kristi says…
    11/23/2010

    I haven't jumped into digital scrapbooking yet, but love what you have done in this post. What size page protectors/album are you using? Is it 8.5 x 11 ? or a smaller size?

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    1. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      Hi Kristi - this album size is 6x8. There is a cover and interior pages but no pages protectors (most of the minibooks I do don't have page protectors). Here's a link to a post where you can see through video all the pages: http://aliedwards.com/2010/10/december-daily-2010-interior-page-steps-video-walk-through-of-album.html

      If you prefer to see just the images go here: http://aliedwards.com/2010/10/december-daily-2010-creating-a-foundation.html

  11. Joanne says…
    11/23/2010

    Thanks for that Ali! I really like listening to you explain things, your so easy to listen to!! Actually makes me wish I was doing a 6x8 size so I could use the templates - mines just 12 days in a 4x8 size :)

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  12. Ellie says…
    11/23/2010

    Another visual learner here. I am really loving the 6x8 size and have an idea for my Decdaily album.

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  13. anne leglise says…
    11/23/2010

    thanks a lot for the tutorial. i got the templates & with these tutorials, it would definitely simplify my album. you're great, Ali!

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  14. dawn says…
    11/23/2010

    thank you Ali, these are great and very helpful.

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  15. AnastAsia says…
    11/23/2010

    Thank you so much for your designs and more importantly for the time you take to show us how to create a gem of a scrapbook with them:-)
    I though have two questions
    First, all templates are 6x8 so I was thinking that will be the size of the album when's ready but in this post today you print photos on 8.5x11 paper ... Does it mean the actual album size will be larger then 6x8 ?

    Another, more important question:-)
    While preparing to get going with the project I suddenly realised... Does it actually mean thati need to be making picture every day? I work fulltime so there's not much left in energy and day light by the time I am home and my son is in bed... Can I use photos from other months? Or even - can I take other people photos if they illustrate the point? We will be celebrating husbands 40th in a restaurant that's beautiful but dark - can I nick a photo from their website or is it cheating?

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    1. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      Hi - I print my pages on 8.5 x 11 and then cut them down to 6x8. All the pages shown in the images above are 6x8.

      It definitely does not need to be a photo a day for this album. In my past albums I usually have a couple days without photos. I always encourage people to make this whole process work for you -

      I definitely think incorporating a photo of the restaurant from their website would be a cool addition. One of my favorite things to do when documenting any story is to look for things that can bring additional "life ephemera" to the page/project.

  16. ale says…
    11/23/2010

    amazing tutorials, ali! thanks!!!

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  17. Lana says…
    11/23/2010

    Thanks, Ali. Your videos are always helpful! Feeling very inspired. Can't wait for Dec 1st! :)

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  18. Melanie L. says…
    11/23/2010

    Thanks so much for the specific instructions and ideas! I should have gone ahead and bought these templates during the sale, but I was waiting on your tutorial. I'm using hybrid more and more and I love that it's like you're holding my hand in the process. Thanks so much!

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  19. Teal says…
    11/23/2010

    So helpful - love the step by step, and love seeing more details about your work even more!

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  20. amy says…
    11/23/2010

    these are great ali. thanks.

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  21. Melanie L. says…
    11/23/2010

    Okay, I just finished watching both videos and I even used one of the overlays with the Christmas photo I took of the kids this year. I have one question--if we want to send this off to be printed, how would we do it? I used Costco and they try to fit the image to a certain print size, which would mess up the 6x8 dimensions of my album. Do I have to put this on another 8x10 canvas so that Costco will print it on an 8x10 photo sheet, or is there a shorter way? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Ali says…
      11/23/2010

      Hi Melanie - my guess, unless someone else has another suggestion - is that you would upload them onto an 8x10 for printing online.

    2. Heather says…
      11/29/2010

      I don't know about Costco, but the site where I have my photos developed does 6x9, so that's the size of my canvas. I'll trim the extra inch off before I put them in my album. The site is www.mpix.com

  22. Brooke M says…
    11/23/2010

    I love these tutorials!!! I was holding off on buying the templates until I saw this tutorial, guess I am buying them sometime this week. :)

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  23. Lisa Westphal says…
    11/23/2010

    Soooo helpful. . .Thank you. I watch all of your tutorials and try to digest each tid-bit of information you provide. They never get old, mainly because my confidence level when working with templates is still a 2 out of 10. Each time I try to create something digitally I am comforted by knowing I can find a tutorial here on your blog/website that will walk me through it. Thank you so much for taking the time to put these together. It is reeeeaaallly appreciated. :)

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  24. elisabethC says…
    11/23/2010

    oh I Love this! Thank you!!!

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  25. mandee mattioli says…
    11/23/2010

    Thank you so much! I love the PS walk throughs. They help me "get it" so much quicker! Thank you again for all the inspiration!

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