Hello everyone!! We are a little more than halfway through the 2021 Month of Challenges here at the Lilypad and I hope you have all been having fun, getting lots of inspiration and getting lots of scrapping done. I am hosting today’s challenge which involves combining two templates together to create a single cohesive page (one of my favorite ways to play with digital templates)!
Here is a look at the two templates you will be playing with in the January 18 Challenge:
The challenge is to combine parts of each of these templates to design your own unique digital page. This is how I combined the two templates together:
If you are wondering how the two templates ended up looking like ^^my page^^ I am going to walk you through my process.
Start by opening up both of the templates in your design program (I use Photoshop CC). I started with Cheryl’s (Fiddle-Dee-Dee) awesome template and flipped it 90 degrees clockwise. There are at least two different ways to do this in Photoshop. You can use the Image Rotation function and adjust it 90 degrees clockwise:
You can also do it manually by selecting all of the layers, initiating the Transform mode (CTRL T) and turning the layout with the control handle:
After rotating the template, I deleted all of the photo space holders because I knew that I wanted a single photo design. Next, I embedded the photo cluster from Rachel’s template into the element cluster on Cheryl’s template. It is easy to bring the elements from one template onto the other in Photoshop. I did this by activating the layer in Cheryl’s template that was just below where I wanted to place the photo cluster from Rachel’s template. (On my page I activated the doily element because I wanted the photo cluster to be placed just above that element.) Then I selected all of the layers above the background in Rachel’s template and dragged them over to Cheryl’s template. You can also use the copy (CTRL C) and paste (CTRL V) functions to do this if you do not want to drag the elements. Because I had previously activated the doily element, the photo cluster was placed just above that element on the page.
Finally, I moved the paper strips from Cheryl’s template into the element cluster, deleted the journaling space holder, deleted the paper strips on the right side of the page and moved the photo/element cluster a little bit right of center. Here is what the final combined template looks like:
Then comes the fun part of adding digital papers and elements to the template to make it even more of your own. Here is another look at my page:
I hope you have fun with the technique of combining templates even beyond the Month of Challenges! In the meantime, I cannot wait to see all of your combined template creations in the Lilypad Gallery. :)
Until next time ~