PSE Christmas Layout Ideas

January 15, 2007 at 5:48 pm 9 comments

I used a background from the disk/book combo Digital Designs for Scrapbooking by Renee Pearson–an EXCELLENT book for beginners to learn to use layers.

I didn’t want to “box in” the pics with a traditional square frame, so I used the blur frame tool.  I added a “soft-edge frame” to the pics after cropping them to allow the background to bleed through.

I added Text using a “Text effect” to make the text pop off the page more.  christmas-2006-tree-pse1.jpg

The next picture is a “matching pair”  (I now do all my layouts in two page pairs…I like the visual symmetry).  This is a matching background, but I flipped the page and inverted it to add visual interest as I didn’t want it to look like the same page.

To accomplish this, I first the backgroun paper with a full sized pic of a portion of my finished tree.  Next, I superimposed  pictures of the kids in with blurred frames again.  I decreased the opacity of the tree layerwith the slider to allow some of the original paper background to show through.


I pasted the text box back over the top of the tree by cut and paste ( I think) to keep the text on top.

The “soft” frame got rid of harsh edged pics on a pretty background like this one.  This is my favorite digi-effect for holiday pictures.  Enjoy!  Let me know if you try it!  Send me your link in the comment box!  I’d love to see it!

Other PSE Articles You Might Like: here and here

Also, my new scrapbooking blog dedicated solely to all things scrapbooking Record Keeper.  Right now, Christmas cards!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mea  |  January 15, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful pages. They look like they belong in a scrapbooking magazine!

  • 2. Maggie  |  January 15, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks “Mea”…you got me started on this whole thing, you know!

  • 3. Kevin Eby  |  January 16, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Great job on the photography of the trees.. good selection of color throughout. Well done!

  • 4. Maria  |  January 16, 2007 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for sharing… lovely.
    In Jesus
    Maria in the UK

  • 5. paojava  |  January 16, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    love, Love, LOVE the lo’s! I am so glad you are having fun with PSE!

    Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 6. Kathy Arma, Florida Nov.2007  |  December 4, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Just listened to GoFIsh on the Dec.2 video- I’m not much up on a lot of the current groups, although I listen a lot to Z88.3 in Orlando. But this blew me away! I want that album (and that song) for Christmas! Why is it no one (that I know of) has so beautifully tied the manger to the Cross like that?! Awesome! Thank you for putting it on your website! Have a blessed Christmas as we grow in Him who died for us!
    Kathy 12-4-07

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  • 8. Hoselita Ikoli  |  January 14, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Good graphic designs.Well arranged contents and very informative too.

  • 9. bellissimanh  |  October 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Beautiful! Dang… I wish I had more time… and talent… LOL! They’re great!


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