Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Jeanette Giancaspro

If you’re like me, you usually have photos left over after you’ve completed a scrapbook project.  Here is a way to use those photos in a “year in review” layout which makes a fantastic first or last page of a scrapbook album or even a New Year's Day scrapbook page!

In this layout, I’ve featured nine photos that otherwise would have been housed in a plain old photo album or, worse yet, a shoebox.  I arranged the photos using Photoshop Elements 5 and a digital collage template from Scrapbooks Etc. Magazine. 

Here are the basic directions:

  1. Open the collage in PSE.  Save as a PSD document, after renaming the file so that you don’t save over the original.
  2. Open your images in PSE and using the Move tool, drag the image over the template.
  3. Resize the image so that it will fit in the template.  Click Layer > Group with[K2]  Previous Layer (or press Control or Command + G) to move the image into the template.
  4. If part of your image is overlapping another, select the Marquee tool.  Highlight the overlapping area, and select Edit > Delete.  Click Select > Inverse and then Edit > Clear.  Then choose Select > Deselect.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve inserted all of your photos.
  6. Save your collage as a JPEG in a file where it can be located easily.

(You can also insert patterned papers and other digital elements into sections of the template in place of some of the photos.)

Although I included photos from only six months of this year in my layout, you could certainly cover an entire year in yours, if you’d like.  So don’t hide those “leftovers” in the closet or on a shelf.  Instead, create a New Year's memory that your family will treasure for years to come.

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