Digital Scrapper Template Challenge


Today’s the beginning of our Template Challenge! Jenny Binder, a member of our Digital Scrapper Team, has created this awesome template to share with you all!

Template created by Jenny Binder

I love this two-page layout format! Here’s an example layout spread I made using the October 2010 Premier kit, “At Home”, by Paislee Press:

Layout created by Andrea Graves

If you’re new to using layered templates in a psd file, check out this tutorial about clipping masks from Susie Roberts. If you’re still hungry for more about clipping masks, check out a list of our tutorials using clipping masks.

Now, for the requirements for this challenge:

  1. Download the template below.
  2. Use any kit you love to create a double page layout using this template.
  3. Post your individual pages in our Challenge Gallery.
  4. All participants will receive a lovely Posting Bonus.

This challenge is open for 2 weeks. It will officially be closed to new entries on the night of October 17, 2010 at midnight (Pacific Time.)

We will announce the winner and post the winning layout here on the Digital Scrapper Blog, our Facebook page, and in our forum within a week of the challenge end date. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to our Digital Scrapper Shop. Good luck! We can’t wait to see your entries! 🙂

Click here to download this template.


40 Responses to “ Digital Scrapper Template Challenge ”

  1. Becki on February 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I would love to use this template but I can’t download it. The download stops about 3/4 of the way through and just keeps going and going. Is it too late to get this in February 2011? Or is the link broken somehow? I was able to download some other templates from the challenges section of the DS blog today, but not this one. Thanks!

  2. Jolene on November 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    A realllllly love this type of template! It doesn’t leave a lot of ’empty space’. I have so many pics that it would take me through eternity to get them all scrapped if I only put a couple on a page. LOL

  3. Kathryn on November 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    thank you for the two page template. I had no trouble dl. I did miss the deadline, though. Maybe next time. It’s a great template.

  4. Karen on October 20, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I love this template and would like to use it as a 6×6 card. Is it possible to shrink the size to 12×6? Then I would use the instructions you gave to cut it in half and print it out on my computer.

    Thank you!

    • Andrea-G on October 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

      Hi Karen.

      Yes, it’s possible to reduce the size of this template to the 12×6. Just click on all of the layers in the layers palette (select all the layers by pressing control and clicking each layer) and then resize – that’s if you want to resize the template. If you just want to reduce your pages to a smaller size for printing at home, do the following:
      1. Save the layout as a jpeg.
      2. Open an new document as the size you want to print, in your case, a 12×6 or 6×6.
      3. Open the jpeg version of the layout.
      4. Drag the jpeg layout onto your new document, and resize it.
      5. Print away!

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  5. Christy Williamson on October 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hi! I used your awesome template, and want to post it in the Challenge Gallery. I’ve just registered for the forum and activated it through my email, but when I tried to post it won’t let me. Am I too late to meet the deadline?

    • Andrea Graves on October 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Looks like you got your layout uploaded in time, I saw it in the gallery! Thanks! 🙂

  6. Patricia on October 14, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Although I’m not new to PSE (just installed ver.9), I’ve never submitted anything. Yesterday I bit the bullet and accepted the challenge, but I’m not sure how to save and download it. Can you guide me to the instructions? They must have been in one of the Premier member tutorials, but I don’t remember which one.

    Love the blog format, and appreciate the opportunity to respond and exchange ideas.

    • Patricia on October 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

      Oooops! Shoulda checked in the forum, first. Just found the info and printed it out. Glad I caught this before I bothered someone for the answer. Now I’m ready for the next step — upload to the Challenge Gallery. How exciting!

      Love this blog, and all of you who put it together!

      • Linda Sattgast on October 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

        We’re excited to have you participating!

  7. Julie Singco on October 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This was the perfect template for a group of photos I needed to scrapbook. My page is done & now I need to print it. What’s the best way to approach this in PSE 7? I need to cut the 12×24 page in half but I’m not sure how. I searched the forum but couldn’t find an answer there.


    • Andrea Graves on October 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Julie,
      The best way to get your 12×24 pages converted to two separate 12×12′s is to do the following:
      1. Save the 12×24 as a jpeg.
      2. Open the 12×24 jpeg and use your rectangular marquee tool and select the left side page of the 12×24, then copy by pressing control C (Mac user press command C) and paste it by pressing control V (Mac user press command V) into a new 12×12 blank document.
      3. Save the 12×12 as a jpeg that will be ready to print as a 12×12.
      4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the right side of your 12×24.

      Does that make sense? Hopefully that helps.

      • Julie Singco on October 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

        It makes perfect sense, Andrea. Thank you so much for your help.

  8. Loretta on October 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks so much for the great template. I love templates that have lots of picture spaces. I wanted to post my finished pages for the challenge, but do I have to be a premier member to do that? I can’t seem to find a way to do it without being a member.

    • Andrea Graves on October 8, 2010 at 9:31 am


      You’re welcome! You do not have to be a Premier member to post in the gallery. You do need to register at our forum and then you will automatically be registered for the gallery at the same time, and then you can go and post. To become a member of the forum, go to this link:

      Thanks! 🙂

      • kelly on October 17, 2010 at 7:09 am

        I had the same problem. Once I registered I still needed to wait for an administrator to approve the account.

  9. Andrea Graves on October 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    We’re so glad you all are enjoying the template! 🙂

  10. Mungo on October 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’m just beginning to get to know PSE7, looking forward to seeing what I can do with this template

  11. kathy bolduc on October 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I really like the template, thank you.

  12. Andrea Graves on October 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    When I use templates I use the clipping mask, control G, on my templates. I’ve never used the magic wand on a template, so I’m not sure how it’s giving you an error. Have you tried using a clipping mask? I hope that helps.

  13. Diana on October 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I’m not having trouble downloading the template, but when I try to add a photo I get an error message telling me I can’t use the magic wand on the template.

  14. PatriciaD on October 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I like templates that have multiple slots for photos like this one…thanks much!!

  15. Donna on October 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I downloaded and unzipped the file and had no problems! Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. dimorr on October 6, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I ended up opening it in PSE and it was there! I have never had this happen before. Normally I can see the file I have downloaded without opening it in PSE.

    Anyway, it is all fixed now 😀

  17. krafting kelly on October 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for the template and challenge! FYI it downloaded fine and I’m not having any issues mentioned above.

  18. kelly on October 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Is anybody else having an issue with photo 15? The title on mine won’t go away on that picture.

    • Andrea-G on October 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

      Yes, that has been corrected, if you re-download it, it will be fixed. Sorry!

  19. jenna on October 5, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The link for the clipping mask tutorial takes me to a photo journaling link that you have to buy.??

    • Andrea-G on October 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

      This is a tutorial that talks about clipping masks, which is necessary to use the free template – for those who don’t know how. The template is free, did you download that okay?

  20. DanaS on October 5, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I download a small text file in psd form when I unzip the download.

    • Andrea-G on October 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Try opening it up in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. It should work.

  21. dimorr on October 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I can’t get the link to download either.

    • Andrea-G on October 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

      Did you click on the text where it says “Click here to download this template”?

  22. JenWhite on October 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    OOOH, welcome back Jenny Binder!

  23. roseb on October 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks! Can’t wait to use it! Hopefully this weekend won’t be crazy busy and I could actually crop!

  24. Andrea-G on October 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The link is just above the template where it says: “Click here to download this template” Hope that helps! Thanks!

  25. Sherry on October 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I get the same result. Thought I would leave a comment to make it work but nothing happened. ={

  26. Joyce Cass on October 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to find the download? clicking on the template only brings up a photo of it.

  27. Andrea-G on October 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    It’s been fixed! Try it now! Thanks!

  28. Denise on October 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Your download link doesn’t seem to be there because it’s taking me just to the preview of the layout.

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