When you’re creating a multi-photo scrapbook layout—especially if there are lots of photos—it can be tricky adding journaling to the pages without making them overcrowded. By creating vellum overlays, you fit both your photos and words on the scrapbook page without compromising either!
Did You Know? by Autumn Baldwin.
This technique works great for both classic and digital scrapbooking, but today I’m going to walk you through how to create vellum journaling overlays using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Happy Monday, everyone! I’m CK Dream Team member Autumn Baldwin, and I’m here today to share with you a “top ten” layout I made to go along with the September/October “Top Ten” 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.
This issue (on sale now!) is full of ideas and techniques in tens, such as:
- 10 ways to use tiny scrapbook supplies,
- 10 scrapbooking product combinations,
- 10 journaling solutions for scrappers,
- and more.
It even features a David Letterman-style “top ten” layout, which inspired me to create the layout above.
Layering Journaling Over Photos
On my layout I wanted to include 10 pictures of my son to go along with the top ten random facts he had shared with me in a week. Trying to fit that many photos plus a bunch of journaling on a single scrapbook layout can be a challenge, so I decided to layer my journaling directly over my photos using Photoshop Elements. It’s really easy! Here’s how you do it, in three easy steps.
1. With your photo open in Photoshop Elements, choose the shape tool and set it to rectangle. Make sure the foreground color is set to white.
2. Draw a rectangle over your photo. Switch to the move tool (v) and line up the rectangle with one edge of your photo, changing the size as needed. Then lower the opacity of the rectangle to 30-40%.
3. Using the text tool (t), click and drag to draw a text box slightly smaller than the rectangle. Click inside it; then type your journaling. Format as desired.
And that’s it! Use your photo with journaling overlay on a digital layout, or flatten the image and save as a .JPG file so you can print it out for use on a traditional page. Either way, you’ll have more room on your page for those adorable photos and hilarious stories. Have a great week!