Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Template Tuesday - Free Digital Scrapbooking Template & Design Tips!

Happy Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by!
Please come back this week as I have some more freebies (for paper scrappers and digi scrappers and "regular" people too!)  I want to share with you!  I have been very blessed lately and I want to pass that blessing on to you!

Today's free template is in honor of my girlfriends who are getting ready to go on a 60-mile walk for breast cancer.  They are walking in the Dallas Susan G. Komen 3-day walk Nov 5-7.  I should be walking with them, but circumstances wouldn't allow it for this year.  Back in 2008, I went on the 3-day walk in Chicago with some of the best friends a girl could ever ask for.  Most of my fellow crew members had a loved one with some form of cancer.  Here is a layout I did using one of my favorite photos I took on the walk:
Most items used were from DesignerDigitals Hope for Breast Cancer Kit, but
I am not seeing it in their store now. 
So let's talk for a minute as to why this design works.
1. Visual Triangle: (the small black flowers) Placing items on my scrapbook page in a triangle allows the viewer's eyes to see the page as a whole rather than being distracted by one or two pieces on the page.  A visual triangle helps the viewer's eye to travel around the page.  A  visual triangle can be created on a scrapbook layout using photos, embellishments, or event text such as your title, date, and journaling.
2.  White Space:   White space is the areas of a layout that is has no text or graphics.  It gives the viewer's eye a chance to rest.
3.  Proximity:   The photo and papers are spatially connected to each other because of their proximity.  This placements gives a unified look to the layout, and unity creates a feeling of wholeness. 
 4.  Emphasis:  The sun glare on the photo, the large size of the photo, and the large title under the photo cause the viewer's eye to naturally be drawn to the focal point (the photo) of this layout.

To read more about design principles go HERE.

Here is the free template for today (download HERE - expires in one week):

If you are new to digi scrapping, you are going to need some software to get started.  Go to www.adobe.com and download the FREE 30-day trail version of Photoshop Elements.  (For a direct link, click HERE )  There are instructions all over the web as to how to get started in digital scrapbooking.  You can click HERE for instructions too.  Click HERE to for instructions on how to use a template.

Here is a video I made using the photos I took while on the 2008 walk:

Here is a Shutterfly book I made:


  1. Thank you for posting these amazing pages. I never thought of doing one before. I lost my mother to complications from chemo she took for her breast cancer in the late 70s. My mother was 47 yeas old. I think that I will do a reflection page and use these ideas. This idea was so emotional for me even these 23 years after her death. Simply, thank you.

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful template! I have followed you and can't wait to see more of your work! :O)


  3. Just found your blog on FB. Great template. Thanks so much for sharing (and creating!!).

  4. Joey thanks for the great template. What a great photos from your walk. Hope to walk some day!!

  5. thank you so much! and i appreciate too your mini-tutorial on design principles!