Easily Do Four Month’s of 365 Layouts in a Flash!

April 9, 2009 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

I snap photos about 25 out of 30 days any given month of the year.  Some days, there are 90-200 photos, depending on the event.

To create a layout using PSE to capture a “month at a glance”, means dragging 25-30 photos INTO PSE –30 layers open REALLY slows down my program.  That is just a LOT of graphics going on!

I found something that works better for me– thought I’d share it with you.

In the last 40 minutes, I just got four months photos and journaling organized and in a layout just about ready to print.

I can still embellish it or whatever, but the bulk of the layout is done!

Here is an overview of the process using Photoshop Elements 5.0 ORGANIZER:


In the Organizer (not the Editor).  Click that little button at the bottom that says “Date View”.  A calendar will come up.  Select “Month View” at the bottom from there:


You will only see one photo taken on that day.  You can select any day, then where the flowers are in this photo on the upper right of your screen (in PSE 5.0), you can scroll through all the photos taken on that day.  What a great and fast journal of events and activities!


(Above) When you find a photo that accurately represents what you want to record about that day, RIGHT click where the flower photo is and at the very bottom of the menu, select “set at top of day”.  This makes the photo the one that now shows up on your monthly calendar.  Click the day or give it a second to update.


(Above) Now, for the “journaling and titling” aspect (and I just learned this today–I’ve always written them by hand!), simply either right click OR select a little icon up under the top right “lead photo”–in this photos, it’s the baskets in the upper right corner), just below it there is an option that reads “add event” when you hover over it with your mouse.  In the white text box shown there, type something about the photo, what it meant to you, or just the name of the event.  You can add more than one event, but only one will print–I use a lot of abbreviations.


Walla, the turquoise box of text on each photo serves as my journaling– for each photo!  It gives a running diary of something significant that happened in my day, everyday that month, something that gave me joy, or was beautiful to me.

The title can just be the month and year,  already there for you (or you can alter it later however you choose later in PSE–I screen capture this, then “paste” it there).

I cropped out everything except the photos, then added my own days of the week (“LDJ What Up” font).  I used Ali Edward’s Weekly/Monthly Overlay (rounded corner outline and month title, from Designer Digitals 30% select items sale until Friday;

I want this one!).  Other fonts used:  Vintage Typewriter; St. Nicholas, and Tahoma:


I may leave the background canvas white (as above), or I may add in some color.  To add color, first save your layered image for use creating future monthly layouts, THEN flatten image, and use the bucket to add color where desired:



NOW, PSE 5.0 didn’t leave us with a way to print their calendars, SO…

Get what you want showing on your computer screen, then do a “screen capture”(Windows), then open a new doc in PAINT or PSE (5.0…later versions may let you print your photo calendars accessed in this way, I don’t know.)  Now click “paste” to a fresh document (leave PSE at the suggested size, it will be sized for your screen capture, like magic!  Crop it down or paint out the parts you don’t want to show…I sized mine to 8.5X11 to be able to read daily notes.)


I’ll print mine off, translate it to an album, possible add some hybrid elements (perhaps not, just depending on how it takes shape.) I’ll try to post my progress when I get an album started for you to see.

If you try it, comment with your post link, I’d love to see your projects…hope you enjoyed it!



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