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May 2, 2012

Week In The Life 2012 | Working With The Layered Template Set

My Week In The Life album is in progress and today I wanted to share with you a video tutorial on working with the layered templates.

I’m using these in 8.5×11: Week In The Life Layered Templates 8.5×11 Vol.4 (the 12×12 version is available here). You can read more about my initial design plan for 2012 here.

Week In The Life 2012 Layered Template Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Happy to answer any questions if you have them! Onward!


  • 1.
    Ami said…

    Just did Monday and Tuesday pages. Love the knockout on the letters! Thanks for the reminder on the opacity. I always forget I really love being able to see thur something!

  • 2.
    jennifer said…

    Thank you so much! Love the knockout effect and had no idea how to do that in PSE. Lifting that idea for my pages. :)

  • 3.
    Pam said…

    I too had no idea how to produce the ‘knockout letters’. Many thanks for such good ideas and brilliantly clear instructions.

  • 4.
    Leigh Hannan said…

    Thanks so much for showing us the knock out concept. That is new for me so I will be sure to put what I learned to use in this project. It will be my first ever digital project! I am adding in baseball card sized plastics in the middle of each template. I don’t do Project Life, so I am excited to play with the little bits in each of those pockets for this project.

  • 5.
    marsha j said…

    i don’t know you came out with the ‘week in the life 2012 template set’ on 4/14/2012. i bought it from designer digitals on 4/21/2012. i got the older set and not the new set. so i just don’t understand what happened.

  • 6.
    Alicia Johnson said…

    Hey Ali!
    Always love watching your videos! The knockout thing is seriously revolutionary for me!! I would love to know what other products of yours will allow for that. I tried it on a few of your frames with words and it just fills it in with another color. I’m guessing that it will only work for certain things.
    Thanks again so so much for sharing your knowledge!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hey Alicia – tell me more specifically which one you tried and I can see if I can help.

    • ….
      Alicia Johnson said…

      i think i may have just misunderstood how to use the knockout. it doesn’t just work with everything. i was picturing using it with sentiment boxes and outline words that i have bought. thanks!

  • 7.
    slmnontec said…

    I remember you took over 100 photos the first day. Your templates look like they hold 7 photos. How many photos are you doing a day?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Maybe 10-20 depending on what I put in the middle. Some of my middle pages have room for 6 more photos and others have room for 12. Of those 100 (most days were less) there’s a lot of repeats or trials or similar photos.

  • 8.
    Nichole M said…

    Dude. SO. HELPFUL. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • 9.
    Kimberly L. said…

    Love the knockout idea! Thanks for sharing that. I love reading your blog/comments/website, I always learn something new!

  • 10.
    Pamela B. said…

    I really love the template design this year. Can’t wait to see the rest of your album!

  • 11.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I’m looking forward to trying the knock out letters… Will be good to learn something new!

  • 12.
    Lori said…

    I watched the video and when you are doing the “knockout technique” of Monday letters – you said you clicked on tolerance – (I think that is what you said) what tab is that under? I couldn’t find it in cs4? cool technique – your videos are always helpful

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hey Lori – it’s not under a tab. Usually it’s along the top of the window (actually in CS5 to see it you go to window/options and a new bar will come up that includes “feather”, style, height, width, etc). It might say “feather” instead of tolerance in CS4 (just checked in CS5 and that’s what it says).

    • ….
      Lori said…

      thank you :)

  • 13.
    Neisa said…

    I asked for Photoshop elements as an early birthday gift and just downloaded in today. This video was exactly what I needed, thank you. I cannot wait to start on my photos.

  • 14.
    Wendy A. said…

    That was GREAT! Thanks so much for the video. You inspire me!

  • 15.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,

    This is a great video, you explain things so well. Thank your for the sale on your classes, so cool. I’m still saving for the 31 days, I have to pinch pennies a little tighter right now due to us having two car payments now, that has never happened before. Still have these classes on my wish list!!

    I just finished my PL for the WITL week and posted it. Still planning on doing a regular album with everything but it’s nice to have my PL caught up also. Here’s the link if you and your readers want to look, THANKS SOOOO MUCH FOR THIS JOURNEY, it makes me so happy to have this week of our family docutmented. Have a great day!!

  • 16.
    KSW said…

    This is an inspirational video Ali. You are an exceptional instructor. Your style as an educator is impeccable. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this — I plan to rewatch this again later, with pen, journal, and laptop in hand. After my day when I can proper take notes. Love this.

  • 17.
    Deiga said…

    I’m so glad I watched the video … and that I saved my files as PSD files, because I want to go knock out my letters :) I was just finishing the layouts up to send to Persnickety for printing during their weekend sale. Thanks for the video. It was great!

  • 18.
    Teresa B. said…

    I hope you are going to show us how you do each page in your book (with any added embellishments like you mentioned for this page). I purchased this digital kit and followed along with this tutorial and finished the first day of my WITL. I’d really like to see more of your book before I continue.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh I’ll definitely be showing my whole album – it’s in progress right now. I won’t be doing a video tutorial for each day, but I will be showing what each page looks like in my complete album and providing additional details (which is what I’ve done each year prior).

  • 19.
    lisa cox said…

    thank you for the knock out info!

  • 20.
    HeatherC said…

    Any chance the cool PDFs you are giving away withxyrin this week will be part of a digital package sometime soon? LOVE the arrows today and always looking for good arrows!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes :) . The circles + tabs from the first day will be available today/this weekend. The arrows will be available next weekend (with additional sentiments too).

  • 21.
    teri said…

    Hi, Ali – thank you so much for the video! It’s been a while since I’ve been on PSE so this was a huge time/frustration savings! A question, in case you see it… on the Option 4 template, there doesn’t seem to be a journal layer and I can’t figure out how to add it :( I really like the picture layout I have and would love to learn how to do this simple function… help and Thank You So Much!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Teri – just seeing this now. Use the T tool to click on an area and drag to create a box to add your text (you could also copy that layer from another template and move it over).

  • 22.
    Joana Teves Costa said…

    Hi Ali

    Sorry, this might be a stupid question but I would like to know if it is possible to adapt these templates to A4 size? I can’t get hold of US letter sized albums etc in Europe.

    Thanks for everything you share and teach us!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You could change them up – sure – it would take some work but it’s possible when working with the layered templates in photoshop. I would create a new canvas that is A4 size and then drag and drop the one’s I’ve created and adjust the background to fit.

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