Monthly Archives: May 2010

Free Digital Scrapbook Template #63

I have another free digital scrapbook template for you. Looks like I am averaging one a month. Sad. I really need to pick up the pace with my own scrapping so I can create more templates too. Now if only some more inspiration would come my way! 🙂

Here is the layout I used to create the template.

Having a Field Day

Credits: Kit is “Simple Pleasures” by Sweet Shoppe Designs

To download the template, please click on the image below. You will be brought to my download page containing all of my available scrapbook freebies.
Free Digital Scrapbook Template

Just a note: the kit I used on my example layout is a freebie by Sweet Shoppe Designs. I am not sure how long it will be available but, as of tonight, it looks like it is still available for download at Donna Downey’s blog if you are interested. Here is a preview of the kit:

Photoshop – Automate / Crop and Straighten Photos

I just love when I stumble across something that makes my life simpler or easier. In this case, it is a Photoshop feature that I was unaware of until recently.

I am in the process of scanning and editing my old baby photos from the late 1970s. The photos are pretty well stuck in their photo albums, making it difficult (if not impossible) to remove them without causing any damage. So instead of removing them, I have been scanning the entire page. This leaves me with a scan like this to work with:

I was then cropping each photo individually from the original scan and doing a Save As to begin my edits. Then, thanks to a Google search, I came across this quick automation feature in Photoshop. (I am using Photoshop CS3.)

  1. With the original scan of multiple photos open, go to File/Automate/Crop and Straighten Photos
  2. That’s it! Photoshop will automatically detect, crop, and straighten the photos from your scan. A new file is created for each of the cropped photos. (Please note that these new files are not saved to your computer until you manually do so.)

I have to say it does a pretty good job on the scans I have used it on so far. Here is a screen shot of the new files that were created from my original scan.

I am told that Photoshop Elements has a similar feature under the Image menu called “Divide Scanned Photos.”

Free Digital Scrapbook Template #62

I have another free digital scrapbook template for you. Here is the layout I used to create the template.

Baby 4 month scrapbook layout

Credits: Kit is “Sunshine of my Life” by ScrapKitchen Designs, Journal Strips are by Shabby Princess (recolored by me)

I have decided to start including an “example” layout as a part of the preview with my templates. I have noticed some other designers doing this and I think it is helpful to see what others have done with the layout. Having a visual really gets me inspired on those days where I am feeling very uninspired (which happens more often than I’d like). Hopefully you will find this helpful too. You can click on the image to be brought to my download page containing all of my available scrapbook freebies.
Free 2 Page Digital Scrapbook Template