We’re wrapping up our digital scrapbooking myth-busting series this week! If you’ve missed the others, make sure you go back and learn why these myths are NOT true:
Myth #4: You have to be creative to make beautiful digital scrapbook layouts
Reality: It’s simply not true — IF you know the digital scrapbooking world’s best-kept secret.
So what’s the secret that turns this myth on its head? Templates.
Templates are blueprints of layouts that are provided in layered Photoshop-document format (.PSD files). Each template includes editable photo masks, photo mattes, journaling spaces, title treatments, place markers for embellishments, drop shadows and any other design element you can think of.
(Below are two examples of Story Squad member templates, shown next to sample layouts created with them.)
They’re basically nearly complete layouts that a designer has created and then handed to you to finish. All of the design work has been done for you.
In fact, before the template gets to you, the designer has figured out:
- how many photos to include
- how large they should be
- where they should go on the layout
- which photos need borders or mattes
- where the title should go
- where the journaling should go
- how captions should be treated
- what fonts would work well for the journaling and titles
- where it would make sense to add embellishments (like flowers, tags, balloons, fun graphics, etc.)
- which items should have drop shadows
- how big the drop shadows should be
- how everything should be arranged on the layout to make it look balanced and beautiful
By the time you receive the template, the majority of the creative work has been done for you.
The process of completing the layout will be a breeze. All you need to do is:
- Bring in your photos and clip them to the photo masks that are already in place
- Add your journaling
- Add a title
- Add embellishments, if desired
- Save and call it done!
Of course, if you’d like to be creative yourself at this point, you’re free to move items around, add or remove items like photo spaces, go crazy with layering embellishments, add a longer or shorter title, add more or less journaling… Basically, you can do anything you want with the layout, because everything is movable and editable.
So you can either use a template as-is or change it up and go wild. But if you use it as-is, you know the layout will work visually (look beautiful), because a professional designer has done the hardest and most time-consuming work for you.
You, my friend, don’t have to have a creative bone in your body to produce pages that look like you spent hours on them. With templates, you can let someone else do the creative work (in the case of Story Squad, that would be me), and you can quickly pull together beautiful pages without much stress.
And the best part is, you don’t have to feel like you’re “cheating” by not doing the time-consuming work. I want you to use templates and share your beautiful layouts with the world! The whole point of Story Squad templates is to get you creating pages that you’re proud to share with your family and friends.
Because the value of a scrapbook page is the memory that it captures.
And the value of the memory is in reliving it.
Relive it by sharing it with others, and the value only increases.