Today, Creative Team Member, Marnie, is sharing how to Master Design Using Templates.
Do you struggle with creating a layout from a blank canvas?
Templates might just be the answer.
A template “is a blueprint design for a finished page.” (Anna Aspnes)
- Serves as a map to guide us through a project.
- Afford structure for the beginner.
- Offers a ‘springboard’ for the more advanced memory keeper.
- Solves design dilemmas such as element placement.
- Provides the opportunity to focus on your photos and words.
- Enables the learning of Design Principles as you create.
Fake it til you make it.
I once knew a baker who told me she baked dozens of baguette loaves before conquering the process.
You start with a ‘recipe’ to learn the basics, and then as you increase your knowledge and experience, you are able to make more advanced modifications of your own.
- Use templates to get the gist of cohesive layout design
- Limit aA DigitalART supplies to just a few complementary ArtPlay Palettes.
- Gain expertise through REPETITION and PRACTICE.
In this ‘Master Design Using Templates’ post, you will:
- See how the same set of photos are showcased in 3 different templates.
- Learn which STYLE may be best suited for your layout design.
Choosing the Right Template
Template collections provide versatility and cohesion perfect for completed projects.
- aA Albums are Marnie’s ‘go to’ products for celebrating photos of her grandchildren.
- The latest Hipster Plume Template Album No. 5 is guiding her through the creation of a Nepal travel book.
1. WaterColor Templates
Choose a WaterColor Template for an artsy/blended look.
- One large focal blended photo is supported by a variety of smaller ‘framed’ masks
- May be used in single or double-page format with word and title placement indicated.
- Offers sophisticated photo artistry layout design.
- Clip your focal photo to the large FotoBlendz mask layer to blend into your background.
- Add supporting photos to the ‘frame mask’ layers to populate the template.
- Support the COLOR and THEME of your images with aA DigitalART supplies.
- Marnie clipped her images to the masks of WaterColor Template Album No. 9_10.
- Guidance for adding a background paper; recoloring stains; adding WordART, and embellishment.
- Clipped a composite of the layout to a 12 x 12 Page FotoBlendz.
- See more in her product links and process notes.
2. FotoInspired Templates
Choose a FotoInspired Template for a more contemporary and structured layout design.
- Multi-photo approach with a slightly distressed ‘magazine-style’ grid format.
- Use as individual 12 X 12 single layouts, double-up to support more photos or modify to suit your layout design.
- Popular for documenting the every day, such as the FotoInspired Project, as well as Heritage, Travel and even creative Blended Photo Collages.
- Clip your photos to some of the ‘fotomask’ layers.
- Add aA DigitalART supplies to the remaining ‘fotomask’ layers in the template and embellish as preferred.
- See Anna’s step-by-step approach in this trio of Artsy Digital Pocket Scrapbooking videos at the bottom of the Resources page.
- See also 5 Ways to Create an Artsy Design.
- These templates furnish flexibility for numerous photo projects where you have a LOT of photos to showcase.
- Marnie used FotoInspired Template Pack 2F_7 for this particular layout.
- She clipped her photos and some artsy paper to the masks.
- Added digital papers, FotoInspired Edge Templates; and finished with embellishments.
3. MonthReview Templates
Choose a MonthReview template to showcase your photos with more documentation.
- Offers a similar ‘look and feel’ to the WaterColor Template Albums but with more space for text and labeling of photos.
- Use as single or double page spreads, and make modifications to suit your photos and preference as preferred.
- Document monthly activities, themed events or ‘house’ a collection of photos.
- Use the ‘frame labels’ to add notes about specific images.
- Leave them blank to add White Space to your layout designs.
- Use the ‘Calendar’ element to add a date to your page.
- Marnie used MonthReview Template Album No. 4_6.
- She omitted the calendar element and one of the framed masks; clipped photos and Artsy Paper to the other masks; recolored stains; finished with texture and embellishments.
- See this video for further guidance on using the MonthReview Template Album.
Template are invaluable to learning artsy design principles to elevate your photo artistry and memory keeping.
- Template Albums offer efficiency and cohesion in your layout design.
- Use the templates individually or mix and match to create double page spreads.
- Learn as you create and start making modifications as your skills an knowledge advance.
We invite you to:
- Read this Adapting Colorful Artsy Layered Templates on the aA Blog.
- Watch this Digital Background for Templates video on the aA Youtube Channel
- Create beautiful and cohesive Double Page Spreads using BOTH template and ‘freestyle’ approaches.