1. Ok so this is a great discussion. I tend to like templates, but when I want to be quick to scrap I don’t use them.
    I also turn off 50% of the layers!! 🙂

    I think I generally block my pages when I don’t use templates, and I never leave space for titles LOL

    This is recent template free mix and match page (from 3-4 kits), I guess it’s a band or even an L design?

    • Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc)

      I’d call it an “L” design. Most of all I’d call it adorable. So wonderful to tell the little special stories.

    • Love the page Melissa! Oh, he’s such a cutie. 🙂 I agree with Karen that’s it’s an “L” design.

      My trick for a title on a block a design is to divide up the design into sections or compartments and then put my title in one compartment, the photo(s) in another and then journaling in another… so I’m treating it almost like a grid design, I guess. That’s where title pocket cards come in handy, too, because you either one as your title or use it as part of your title.

    • Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc)

      I should do that, Melissa. I often start a page before I know what it will be about but there are stories that need telling. Journal notes first would often make those pages work so much better.

  2. StudioWendy

    Enjoyed the show this week ladies! Always enjoy podcasts with Debbie.

    For Double Page layouts, the best way to crop them down (other than using my double page action) is to use the CANVAS SIZE command instead of the crop tool. Don’t be scared… it’s so easy! Scrap your page as 24×12, the when you are done, save the layered file and then flatten it. Go to IMAGE>CANVAS SIZE and enter 12 in the width. Then here’s the critical step… in the Anchor section, click the RIGHT center box. Click OK to apply and save the left side of the layout. In your history panel, step back to undo the crop. Then repeat IMAGE>CANVAS SIZE and this time enter 12 and choose the LEFT center anchor. Apply is and save the right half of the page. You now have 2 parts, perfectly cropped. And to be sure that you don’t lose too much in the center of the spread when printing traditional bound books, leave 1/2″ to 3/4″ of the very center free of type and faces. You can have things go through that “fold” area and your eye will actually compensate, but you don’t want to cut off faces or journaling or titles. So leave that “band” free of those things and it should look great.

    Now, if you print lay flat books, you’ll actually want to leave the page as a 24×12 and import the entire spread as one page into the photobook software, unless you add your bleed to the double-page spread. That’s a bit more complex and I’m happy to go into it more if anybody needs it, but I don’t think many people print that way. 🙂

    As for templates, I scrap with them a lot and also turn off all the element layers and start with the photos and papers. Then, I generally replace each “cluster area” in the template with just a few elements instead of swapping out literally every element layer.

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