Digital scrapbooking with Layered Templates

by Rachel B Posted on February 10, 2010

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If you’ve created a digitally scrapped quick page and feel like you want to take the next step and get a little fancier, I highly recommend creating a layered template.

(Image by alb52)


Layered templates are similar to quick pages, except that instead of having a completed page with a place for you to add your photo, you get a diagram showing where all the components of the page should go. You decide what papers and embellishments you’re going to use, but the template shows you where to put them. This means you have more control over the look of the page.  And you’re using the same dragging and dropping principles you used for your quick page, so it’s almost as easy.

In this template, different colors show where the different papers go, and where you should type your title and journaling. You open up the template, drop in your photos, add the paper and embellishments and you’re done!


Below is my very first page, and I’m VERY excited about it. How did I do this?

  1. First I downloaded the free Harvest Spice scrapbooking kit, which contains backgrounds and pretty elements like the curled paper and the flower..
  2. Then I followed the fantastic Misty Cato tutorial, which showed me how to:
    – Use my Photoshop software to open all those goodies
    – Put them all together to create this nifty page.
    – Notice how I deleted the brads because they interfered with the page curl, and added a flower over the staple in the template because I thought it looked better.

Voila! I’ve created a digitally scrapped photo album page! And I know you can do it too.


Remember – you’ll need software that will allow you to digiscrap. has an easy to read software section that will help you choose what’s right for you. Best of all, it features links to free software trial versions.


If you feel like diving in and learning everything right NOW, check out these useful links. If you want to keep it simple, save these for later.

Now make that layered template page! And once it’s finished, be sure to print it out.  You can also combine your pages into a gorgeous digiscrapped photo book.

Also, be sure to check out our Celebrations Blog, your place for creative inspiration around digital design. See beautiful digiscrap kits from top digital designers, find digiscrapping advice, and get digiscrap freebies!


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  1. rsheedy Says:

    Great introduction! I love digital scrapbooking, and I use Shutterfly to print all of my pages. I’ve tried to print loose pages and keep them in a three ring binder, but there is something so impressive about having them in a professionally bound book. Shutterfly is the best thing to happen to digital scrapbooking!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    I love the layered template! It gives you a chance to make a page quickly but the flexibility to pick out the colors and elements to make your own page. Think of it as paint by numbers for digi scrap bookers. However, the difference is you put the background colors and pictures were you want them!

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    I love this article. Scarpbooking is so much fun and I have just gone crazy with it in the past few months. In fact I love you article and will send it to many people I know that are in the early stages of scrapbooking. Thank you for so much information.

  4. Natalie Says:

    Great Layout Rachel, I love the Shabby Princess collections they are always so fun and beautiful! There are so many great resources on the links you specified. Thanks for the helpful tips!
    Natalie B

  5. conniee4 Says:

    What a fantastic article! I digi scrap alllll the time. (I’m hooked) haha. Love your article and you have listed my favorite places to visit! I use Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Creative Suites and newly purchased fotofusion. Love them all!

  6. lemaire26 Says:

    Awesome article! Easy to follow instructions and loaded with great information!

    Cheri L.

  7. Badenn3 Says:

    Try more selection than you could ever imagine!
    It is so easy a 5 year old can do it. As a matter of fact, did it. My little guy and I made a deck of cards with his Kindergarten sight words on them. It was so fun. He was learning and spending quality time with his mom and loving it.

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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