I designed these templates to work with basic plain digi papers or digital cardstock. For my examples I have used Giny's Cardboard Basic's Collection Set Number 1.
- Set-up your page to 12 x 12 inches.
- Choose a background and place it in the bottom (or background) layer.
- Using guidelines set-up a 3 x 3 grid.
- If your software doesn't have guidelines then use the grid custom shapes tool or lines to setup a grid on the top layer. (Remember to delete or hide it when you have finished.
- Draw a square in the top left space and fill it with black. I used a rounded square shape.
- Draw a square in the central space and fill it with white.
- Apply the Overlay Blending Mode to it.
- This will be your journaling space.
- Optional - add dotted horizontal lines on top of the journaling space.
- Draw squares in the remaining spaces and colour them grey.
- These will be your photo spots. When you use the template crop your photos to these.
- Change the background and see how the Blending Modes we've set change the colours of the title and journal spots.
- Save your template for future use.
- Experiment with different sized grids, for example 3 x 4 and 4 x 3.
- Be creative with you placement of title spots, journaling spots and photo spots to create a collection of templates to meet your needs.
I use Craft Artist Professional, and it has some neat features in it for programming what I like to call Dynamic templates using the Digikit Creator Tool. Next week I'll share with you how I programmed my grid templates into Craft Artist for my kids to make their quick and easy pages with.
Have fun building your templates,
many blessings to you and yours from Angela