Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 31, 2011

Scrapbooking With Your Computer | Layout With More Than Two Pages

There are many stories we encounter in our lives that are simply larger than a single or even a double-page spread can handle. There’s no reason why you can’t make layouts that extend beyond the typical one or two pages.

Today’s layout includes 2, 12×12 digital pages and one 5×12 front + back jounraling page in the middle.


If you’d like to learn the basics of working with digital layered templates check out my free template download and video tutorial for Photoshop Elements.

When I’m doing a spread digitally I work with both pages on one 24 inch x 12 inch canvas. I like to be able to see the entire spread and line things up between the pages.

I usually open one template first and then go to Edit/Canvas Size and adjust the entire canvas size to 24 inches wide.

Here’s the left side using a template from my Bread & Butter Layered Template Set:

The journaling card and overlay are included in my Remember This & That Element Collection.

And the right side from my Grid No. 1 Layered Template Set:

Simple, versatile templates are my favorite.

Before printing or uploading to be printed I crop each side to 12 inch x 12 inch and “save as” so I’ll get two separate prints. Here’s what they look like printed on 13×19 photo paper (I just use Office Max brand):

I trim these using my paper trimmer. I often use scissors first to get them closer to size before being able to lay them on the paper trimmer.

Here’s both after being trimmed:

If you wanted to add embellishments right onto the printed pages you definitely could: word stickers, ribbons, etc.


I’ve really been falling into a nice rhythm with storytelling here on my blog and then taking that content and putting it into a scrapbook page (or simply printing the journaling and adding it to Project Life).

The journaling for this layout came from this post Long Live Spontaneous Adventure.

For the journaling I used my new Long Journalers Vol.2. These PNG files are 4.25 inch x 10.5 inch so they can be easily used on an 8.5 inch x 11 inch piece of paper. You can also make them larger to fit on a 12 inch long piece of paper like I did here.

I simply copied and pasted the journaling from my blog post into a new text box in Photoshop.

Here’s what the journaling looks like printed onto a 12 inch x 12 inch sheet of cardstock.

And once they are trimmed:

After trimming I adhered them back to back..

I decided that I wanted to add a strip of pattern paper to the top and the bottom of the long journaler pages and decided I wanted to use the same pattern I used on the first page.

I opened the pattern paper in Photoshop, cropped a 4 inch x 6 inch rectangle, and printed on photo paper.

I cut that 4 inch x 6 inch photo paper piece into 1/2 inch strips and adhered them to the top and bottom of both of the journalers.

After adhering the strips I slipped the journaling page into a 12 inch x 12 inch page protector.

With the journaling inside the page protector I stitch along the outer edge of the paper (not stitching on the journaling paper but using it as a guide) to create a pocket. After stitching I lay the page protector on my trimmer and trim off the extra page protector.

Want to see what it looks like when I stitch on a page protector? Here’s a short video: Stitching On Page Protector.


Here’s a look at the printed pages and the journaling:

SUPPLIES | AE Bread & Butter Layered Template Set; AE Grid No. 1 Layered Template Set; Spontaneous Adventure Word Art (coming soon); Remember This Paper Collection; Long Journalers Vol. 2;


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    This looks wonderful Ali, love this new product and the colors are my favorite. Thank you for sharing the process with us.

  • 2.
    Tracey Holdyk said…

    Thanks for sharing these pages. I am waiting for my project life stuff to arrive and this just gives me great ideas to incorporate into that album.

  • 3.
    Tracy said…

    Good Morning Ali! Love your layout…my question is… what printer do you use? And do you go through ink like crazy??? I’ve never done any digital scrapbooking but I love the hybrid idea and would love to try it!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I use a HP Photosmart B8550:

      You can always check out my basics here:

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I don’t feel like I go through ink too bad. I don’t always print at home – just depends on how quickly I need the prints.

  • 4.
    Maureen said…

    Thanks Ali for the reminder of how great that grid template set is. I have it and need to ‘dust it off’ again! It’s also nice to hear that you use the ordinary type of photo paper most of us use. For what I do, it’s fine for me also. Happy adventures!

  • 5.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    Very cool! I keep debating on getting PS Elements but I just am so not comfortable with my computer skills.

  • 6.
    Kim B said…

    I love, love, love your altered page protector idea. Have been happily altering mine for a few months now per your recommendation. Altered page protectors along with three ring scrapbooks make it so much fun to mix up page sizes and create fun diversity in my albums.Loving your new digital creations too Ali..Heck You are just LOVED period! Have a great day..

    • ….
      Susie Leggett said…

      This is fantastic Ali. I totally agree with Kim B. Three ring albums and altered page protectors makes scrapbooking so much more fun. I love the variety that it adds to my albums. I also think that using photoshop to layout my pages has helped too. Now when I get my enlargements back from the lab, I simply place the images onto my hybrid layouts and add a few planned embellishments. Love the clean organized look of everything now. Thanks and have a great week.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Kim – they just make everything more flexible – gotta love that.

  • 7.
    Lori said…

    Thanks for sharing – I bought this new digital paper this weekend :) I know you didn’t use it in this project, but how are you liking the 4×6 picture maker that you got for Christmas to help with your project life album?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s working fine – I don’t love it because it seems to print too dark (great for darker shots but not great for ones I want to be lighter). Right now I’m using it and my desktop printer.

  • 8.
    Jodi Jones said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love the two pages. I am wondering what printer you use?

  • 9.

    Cool, Ali! How is the page protector attached? I don’t see any holes on the left side. Also, what is the gray pattern paper?

    • ….

      Never mind re: gray paper. I just ordered it and the elements from DD. Still curious about the long page protector though. Thanks, Ali.

    • ….
      kristin t said…

      You can see the holes on the page protector if you look close on the first photo and the photo where it’s laying on the trimmer being trimmed. the other times I don’t think the long journaler is IN a page protector, I imagine so she can photograph the pages without the resultant glare of plastic. hth

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The holes are there – just a regular page protector – it’s hard to see in the photos. If you look closely at the one where the page protector is laying on the trimmer you can kinda see the left edge.

    • ….
      ShellyP said…

      I buy 6X12 page protectors at and they work great for all kinds of projects. I also found some 4×12 panaromic photo paper that I like to use. I can print at home with my wide format printer, so these are handy also.

  • 10.
    Michelle D. said…

    Ali, I love these longer stories. I just thought I’d share a layout I made last year using this same concept.

    Here is the two page spread:

    And here is the journaling (I printed on a 12×12 and then cut it in half and put it in a 6×12 page protector):

    When I put this in my album, the 6×12 journaling went in between the left and ride side of my two-page spread. It’s one of my favorite layouts ever!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post. :)

  • 11.
    Dawn K said…

    Long Journalers Vol. 02 Value Pack — can they be used on 8.5×11 scrapbooking?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – that’s what they are made for (I enlarged them a bit for this layout).

  • 12.
    Tracy said…

    Thanks Ali…One more question…where do you get your prints made when you don’t do them at home? I usually use but being that I’m the whole way across the country, in PA…it sometimes takes a while to get them.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I use too – they are almost-local for me :) . I’ve also use Color Inc and Persnickety – both were great. I’ve been using Shutterfly for my photobooks.

    • ….
      Kristi said…

      I use also use even though it takes a little time (I’m in Delaware),they have the best customer service and I really like their print quality.

      When I read your comment, I just wanted to post here to point out that their February Sale includes 12×12 pages for only $1.25!

    • ….

      I love Persnickety—great, fast service, and I love the paper. They come back so nicely packaged. But, I’ve not tried the others for large prints. Anyone have a comparison between Persnickety and others? I’ve had problems in the past with smaller prints because the processing didn’t match what I was seeing on my monitor (I do a lot of tweaking and was told that affects outcome). No problem at all with Persnickety.

    • .
      Ali said…

      I’ve always been happy with

  • 13.
    Holly S said…

    Ali-quick question but I’m not sure you can help me but…I have 2 Polaroid pictures from 1990-I was but 17 and gave birth to my only child-being so young taking pictures wasn’t on my radar so these are the only pics of her during the first 2 months of life (then had her baptized and had photographer). They are so precious to me but they are showing signs of their age and I am afraid of them being ruined. Do you know if there is anyway to have them transfered to prints? Any help from anyone would be appreciated! Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You could scan them in if you have a scanner or I bet you could take them to a photo developer and have them scan it for you :) . Scan at 300 dpi or higher.

  • 14.
    Kelli thomas said…

    So cute Ali! I didn’t get the point of these (long journalers), but now seeing them in your album, I get it! Duh…. Off to buy cuz they are a definite must have! You are so clever. Guess thats why we love you! :)

  • 15.
    Shauna Miller said…

    Love the layout. I haven’t done a digital scrapbook page , but I think I am going to have try it :) Now my question is with these pages will they go into your project life book or do you do another family scrapbook? Thanks :) Happy monday.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m not sure yet…

  • 16.
    aliza said…

    It’s funny, I also just realized that I don’t have to fit everything on 1 page layout. From a recent day trip to the Statue of Liberty, I had too many pictures for 1 page, but I didn’t feel like making a mini album. I did a regular 2 page spread (12×12 pages) and then made 2 6×8 pages, and one 4×8 with just journaling, and stuck it all into my 12×12 album. It was such a freeing revelation–I can make it however I want. Another revelation-I can sew page protectors even without a sewing machine. It’s not quite as neat, but I like it anyway.

  • 17.
    Ivy said…

    Nice job! What do you put your pages in? Three ring binder, post or hinge photobooks?

  • 18.
    Wendy O. said…

    This is really cool. I never thought about doing it this way, but it would sure make it easier than having that odd page at the end.
    Thanks for the idea.

  • 19.
    Erin K. said…

    Love this idea. I just started my PL Sunday.

  • 20.
    Angie Blom said…

    Thanks for sharing this! Love the extra journaling!

  • 21.
    ShellyP said…

    Just purchased the long journalers and love love love them! I wanted to do the December Reverb prompts and ran out of time in December to complete them, and now I’m glad I waited b/c the long journalers are absolutely perfect for this project. And I’m enjoying spending a little extra time “reflecting” on 2010. Hooray for these!

  • 22.
    Shelly K said…

    I love this layout idea! I have some stories to tell….
    (Some day)…but oh how you inspire me!

  • 23.
    Asha said…

    I love this idea of keeping journaling on a different page. There are often times I won’t have much room to journal but I have a lot to say and end up really skimping on my journaling, which misses the whole reason I scrapbook. always great ideas from you Ali!!

  • 24.
    Alida said…

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  • 25.
    Patricia K said…

    Hi Ali hope you dont mind me asking aquick printer question. I recently got the same printer and Im noticing the printer is printing pics darker than whats on my screen. Doe my monitor need to be calibrated???

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