magazine: Photographic Elements Techniques
issue: July / August 2013
article: Using Digital Scrapbook Templates Is As Easy As A Bee C
author: Michelle Stelling
time: I’m not even going to discuss that (insert frustrated face here)
First things first, I am a scrapbooker. I have been a scrapbooker for almost 20 years. I have NEVER done digital scrapbooking before this. When I opened up this issue of the magazine and flipped to the first article I haven’t already done, I thought “Great! This will be easy”. BAM, I couldn’t seem to get anything accomplished for exactly 3 hours and 50 minutes! What the heck? Why am I so stuck on what should have been the easiest thing for me to learn in Elements?
Here’s what happened. In step 1 you gather the template, pictures, and “digi-kit” pieces. Unless I am copying a technique that has a certain design, I try to make the project my own. So first I tried to find a template so I didn’t just copy hers (which you can download and use from the magazine’s website). Found one. Paid for it and uploaded it. Moving on to collect my photos in one spot. Done. Now I need some digi-kit pieces whatever those may be. Figured it out, bought some, downloaded them. I think I am just moving right along until Step 2. Open the template in the Elements Editor. Ok, no problem. Hmmmm your photo shows 7 layers, mine has 42!!!!! I’m betting this is going to be a problem so I figure let me practice with hers like the article says and then maybe I will figure out this 42 layer thing another day. Ok. Moving along now with hers. Oh dang it. I have a vertical photo and hers is horizontal and I have no idea how to move anything around (and yes, I remembered to try the move tool this time). Sigh. My coffee is gone, I’m frustrated and ready to give up. Nooooo. I got this! I scrap (pun intended) everything, shop online some more for an easier template and cuter thingy-ma-bobs to use and pull up my big girl panties and dig in from the beginning again.
I learned from her article and practice with hers that it’s a matter of locate, place, create clipping mask and move on to the next element. So away I went and viola!!! I figured it out. I got rid of things I didn’t want by just clicking the eyeball thing to turn them off. I figured out how to move and resize the pictures. Oh happy day, I did it! Now I want to do it again to really see how long it should have taken me. 17 minutes!!! Yep, that’s it. Dinosaur Drew only took me 17 minutes after everything was uploaded.
Needless to say, I will be sticking to the old fashion paper, scissors, and glue. Although, I just might try this again for a little Christmas gift for the grandparents. I do like how they turned out.
Below is the first one I attempted. I used another easier template from the pack I bought with the one above. As for the 42 layered template… that is a job for another day.