Week In The Life 2013 | Working With The Layered Template Set


Today I'm sharing a 15-minute tutorial on working with the Week In The Life layered templates in Photoshop Elements.

AE Week In The Life 2013 Layered Template Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

A couple things to note from the video:

1. These templates include the phrases "this is our life" and "this is my life." You can "turn off" or "turn on" these phrases by clicking on the "eye" on the layers palette. Choose the one that best fits your story.

2. The font used for journaling is Remington Noiseless.

3. I've included the dates I'm doing this project on the templates but you can change them using the T tool. Select the type and then input the correct date.

4. To mask a photo inside a shape make sure that your photo layer is directly above the shape in the layers palette. If you are on a Mac hit command + g. If you are on a PC hit control + g.

5. You can recolor the word art or day of the week layers by selecting the correct layer and going to Edit/Fill.

6. I'm using RadLab to edit my photos. I love it and recommend it.

I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any additional questions please let me know in the comments.

I'll be sharing my completed album (and my process) soon.

Just a heads up the the Designer Digitals Quarterly Sale starts on Thursday and all my products will be 30% off at that time.

LEARN MORE | If you are interested in learning more about getting started with digital or hybrid scrapbooking check out my free series: Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking.

20 thoughts

  1. Jo-Anne from ZA

    2013-09-17 06:26:24 -0400


    THANK YOU for always sharing your beautiful work and processess with us:-)

    Can't wait to see your finished MASTER PIECE:-)

    Have an awesome day.

  2. Cristina Iniesta

    2013-09-17 07:15:46 -0400

    Dear Ali,
    thank you for sharing your work with us and thank you for the tutorial! You're awesome! I documented my WITL and I'm very pleased with the result. I will post my finished pages soon! Can't wait to see your WITL.
    Have a nice day! Regards from Spain ♥

  3. katie rose

    2013-09-17 08:48:53 -0400

    Great tutorial Ali! I was wondering, do you print your pages on photo paper or card stock? Can you share what brand you will use?


  4. Paula

    2013-09-17 10:21:28 -0400

    I am going to keep my "go for it" mojo and shop Thursday for these templates! AND I am finally going to load the version of Photoshop that came when I bought my Epson printer onto my Mac and get busy learning! Lol I think I am the only person who used Flickr vs a blog to post week in the life, but that's ok I am progressing - at least I now have a Flickr account. I really enjoyed doing WITL and it turned out perfect for me. Loved everyone's links too.

  5. Christine

    2013-09-17 10:36:33 -0400

    Thanks as aways for the helpful tutorial. I am excited for the DD quarterly sale.

  6. Jessica

    2013-09-17 11:06:44 -0400

    Thank you!!!

  7. Patti L

    2013-09-17 11:16:29 -0400

    Thanks for heads up on Designer Digitals. Could use some things...

  8. Jenny B.

    2013-09-17 12:25:57 -0400

    Nice tutorial! I appreciated watching you work on a Mac and with RadLab. I work on a PC for the time being, and am thinking about making the switch. I've also thought about getting RadLab, but not sure yet. I like to edit in ACR, so I don't know if I would really like RadLab. Anyway... rambling. :) I can't wait to see your album!

  9. Tanya

    2013-09-17 13:44:17 -0400

    Just wondering what you're planning for journaling. Are you just using small snippets in the text boxes you’ve provided or are you going to use another page for journaling? This is the only thing I’m stumped on and would love some ideas. This was my first time doing Week in the Life, so just trying to wrap my head around the whole process. Thanks!

  10. Vanessa Babin

    2013-09-17 15:38:25 -0400

    I am using photoshop elements editor 10. When I go to windows and images, my float options are not highlighted. Is there something I need to do to be able to use those options?
    Thanks and I appreciate your tutorials.

  11. J3SS1C4

    2013-09-17 18:40:05 -0400

    Thank you for the heads up about the Designer Digitals sale... I'm looking forward to getting your templates from this year for my pages! And thanks for the video, It's always fun seeing how people work with templates like these :)

  12. Jessica P

    2013-09-17 21:06:56 -0400

    Thank you for posting this. I am thinking of asking for photoshop for Christmas and making the change all over to digital. Working with your templates seems like it would be a good option to me.

  13. Heather Hare

    2013-09-17 23:57:52 -0400

    Ali, do you have any thoughts yet on what you might do for the last page?

    I'm so excited to put together my album - a bunch of us will be doing them all together at a 4-day crop this weekend in Texas. You're welcome to join us! ;)

  14. Jo

    2013-09-18 05:11:42 -0400

    Thanks Ali! Looking forward to getting stuck in and using these templates. In the end I only used my iPhone for taking photos. I'm not sure the clarity will be there for the large first daily page, so I'm thinking I'll resize the pages to a smaller size. Can I resize it to 6x9 or 5x7 even though these aren't the same proportions as 8.5x11? I thinking of the size of smaller page protectors I have at hand. If not I'll trim larger page protectors down to size.

  15. Steph

    2013-09-18 11:17:38 -0400


    I used the templates for my WITL album and it turned out great! Everyone I shared them with thought I was a genius, I had to tell them it was you, not me! :)

  16. Nicole

    2013-09-18 20:21:15 -0400

    When you have a photo of Chris (unrelated to the kids), do you journal using his first name or do you refer to him as "Dad"? I have a photo of my husband watching football and working on his Fantasy Football stuff on his iPad and want to use it for the Sunday main page and I am not sure how to journal/refer him as.

  17. Jen

    2013-09-25 11:38:08 -0400

    Ali, what do you save your final page as? My printer does not want to see the .psd file. Thanks!

  18. samone

    2013-10-01 06:18:59 -0400

    loving this set!

    Just noticed on DD the 12x12 set states that they are 8.5x11 layered templates.

    Thanks again Ali love your work and as the mum of a step-son I admire the relationship your family has - your children are so blessed that you and their Dad get along so well.

  19. stephanie young

    2013-11-13 23:49:05 -0500

    I work with a pc and have pse 11 and I am trying to do the masking and it won't work is there another way? Thanks I really love the template if I can ever learn how to do the week day photo.

  20. limiller77

    2015-09-07 18:04:32 -0400

    I have your most recent templates for 2015 and can't figure out how to change the text color for the days. I tried what you wrote above but it isn't working. Any suggestions? I have the newest photoshop elements

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