FREE Project 365 Layout Templates

Do you like the layouts I’ve been using for my Project 365 photos? Well, now you can have them! For FREE!

The .zip file includes three 12”x12” 2-page layouts using the same simple theme I’ve been using. These are layered .psd files to be used with Photoshop.

Click on the image to download.

Need a crash course on how to make these work? Check out this post.


Freebie: Layout & Template

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher told me something that would stick with me forever:

“Always KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid!”

Now, while I don’t support teachers who make a habit of calling their students stupid, I can attest to the fact that simplicity, whether it be in life, in writing, or yes, even in scrapbooking, is an excellent way to make a bold statement.

Often, as scrappers, we find ourselves with a whole slew of pictures from our most recent exploit, but really only one good one. In my case, I’ll have 800 pictures from any given event, and I might keep three of them. (I’m a little shutter-happy.) So when I get home, and I’m sorting through hundreds of pictures, and I pick my one keeper, I then find myself saying something like, “Oh dang it! A one-photo layout?! Lame!”

And to that little voice, I then respond, “NAY! A great layout can be made with just one photo!”

I did it, and you can too, with a little help. Sometimes the best layouts feature one beautiful photo that tells a beautiful story- and the layout just helps it shine more. For example, this layout:

Notice how the whole layout seems to frame the focal point, and serves to draw the eye right to the kiddo? By choosing to keep the page free of elements, putting in just a little bit of well-placed journaling, and triple framing the photo, the beholder automatically is drawn to the photo- the whole point of the layout.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Here’s a freebie for you- the template (shadows and shapes included) for you to add your own papers, photos, journaling, and title work and make a beautiful simple layout. Just go my website, and use the access code FREE01 to download.Feel free to share your layout with us! Put a link to your layout in the comments, and I’ll pick one to feature later this week.

(Just CLICK HERE, and use the access code FREE01 to download.)

And hey- do you like the papers used in the layout shown above? They can be yours! The Iron and Wine paper pack from ShellinaScrap is available now at my shop.

Happy Scrapping!

Also: Don’t forget about the huge CONTEST going on until Friday March 11- you could win a whole bunch of free digital scrapbooking stuff!

Tutorial: Sepia Photo Treatment

Post-processing photos can be downright terrifying- the prospect of the job itself can freak out even the most talented of scrappers. But, fear not- it doesn’t have to be scary. Take the ever-popular sepia photo treatment for example. Surely it must be laborious and terrible, right?


Here’s a simple step-by-step plan to easily transform a color photo to a sepia masterpiece using Photoshop CS.

Step 1: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Levels”. This is the most difficult part of the whole process. When you look at the level map, (it’ll resemble a mountain range), you’ll notice two arrows at each bottom corner. Click and drag these arrows to the very beginning of the up-hill slope on each side. You might not have to do this- some photos already have proper levels. Don’t pull the arrows into the slope- just bring it right to the beginning of the incline.

Step 2: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Photo Filter”. Choose “Sepia” from the drop-down menu. Adjust the density to desired percentage- use as much or as little brown pigment as you like. For mine, I used a ton- 96%.

Step 3: Select the “Burn” tool from the tool panel. Make the brush nice and big, (I used 1014 pixels), change the range dropdown menu to “Highlights”, and lower the Exposure to 9%. Use the tool to darken the edges of the photo, focusing on anything particularly bright or attention-grabbing. The object of this is to further bring the focus to our subject.

Step 4: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Photo Filter”. Select “Warming Filter 85”, and adjust the density to 25% (or desired percentage).

Step 5: From the “Image” drop-down menu, select “Adjustments”, and then “Brightness/Contrast”. Adjust the contrast to the desired level, in this case 15.

And now you’re done! Your color photo is now a sepia photo- rich in hue, aged to perfection.

Have questions about other photo-processing techniques and would like to see more tutorials? Leave your suggestion in the comment area- we hope to see you again soon!

Also: Don’t forget about the huge CONTEST going on until Friday March 11- you could win a whole bunch of free digital scrapbooking stuff!