Sunday, January 2, 2011

How to do Project 365 using Photoshop

I just had a great question asked by a reader wondering how to work with this Project 365 book.  Fabulous question! Thanks, Kim!

Right now this book is 60+ psd (Photoshop Document) files.  They are layered templates that have layers of paper, dates, title, and spots for your photos.  We are working on making this book TIF files too so that other software users can work with this book.

To get started with the psd templates, you are going to need some software. Go to and download the FREE 30-day trail version of Photoshop Elements.  (For a direct link, click HERE)  I think the software is on sale for $60 until Jan. 5, 2011.  That's a great price!

Next, you are going to need some instruction on how to use these psd layered templates.  There are instructions all over the web as to how to get started in digital scrapbooking. Go HERE for some great instructions and links!  HERE is a direct link to psd template usage.

In a nutshell, the files start out as psd layered templates.  You add your photos and journaling, flatten the layers, save as a jpeg, and upload to a print shop like Shutterfly. I have used Shutterfly for printing all of my books, and I have been satisfied.  However, their books only hold 101 pages.  Keep that in mind while building your book!  I use Shutterfly's Digi-Scrapping Style books that are completely blank.  HERE is a link to their blank books.  The cover I made for Project 365 is Shutterfly-ready.  Covers are not square in shape since they wrap around the book end.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!  I am here to help!

Tomorrow I am going to give you some tips and hints that will help you stick with this project.  Trust me, you will love this book when it's all done!!!


  1. Joey - Just got the corrected files. Thanks for all your hard work on New Years Day to get the kit up and running. Can't wait to see what you design throughout the remainder of the year. Best wishes!


  2. Thanks for letting me know that you got the corrected files, Denise! I GREATLY appreciate your patience and help! Best wishes to you too!

  3. Thanks so much for this information. I have used Shutterfly several times using their templates, but I didn't realize you could put in your own whole layout. Awesome! I have been having fun taking my pictures and hopefully this weekend, I will have the time to play and get them put in the templates. Thanks again - Kimberly W.