Top 10 Reasons to Love Templates — Part 2

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Last week I shared with you part one of the Top 10 Reasons to Love Templates. This is what we have so far:

1. Templates give you a starting point
2. Templates are great for beginner scrappers
3. Templates can help you do things that you don’t know how to do

Today we are going to add some more great reasons to love templates!

tdd-everyday_4Templates are very versatile. You can flip them, rotate them, move them around, delete stuff, add stuff, shrink things, and more. I just love that I can take a template and truly make it mine (and I do change templates a lot, even if they are really mine!)

I wanted to work with one of the templates from this pack. I came across a group of pictures that I thought would work well, but I thought the “story” was better told by having the photos go horizontally, rather than vertically. Easy — I just rotated my template 90 degrees and was ready to go!

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Templates help you try new things or things that you struggle with. It is easy to get stuck in a rut with our scrapping. I sometimes get to the point where all of my pages look the same. While I like the continuity, I also like some variety. Templates can help you try new things like better use of patterned paper, ways to use multiple photos, or how to create that perfect “white space” layout. I used a template from Jen Wilson to help me scrap a lot of photos on one page. I had so many photos from this photo shoot that my daughter had but I didn’t want multiple pages. This was the perfect solution and it kept me from having to think of a design on my own.

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Templates aren’t just for page designs. Although they originally started as a digitized page sketch, templates have evolved and now you can get templates to help you do all sorts of cool things. You can get some for page borders, doodles, cut pages, photo masks, and more. On this layout I used two different cool template sets: one from Stephanie2 here at The Daily Digi and one from Emily Merritt at We are Storytellers. Both of these made my pages come together super fast and make it totally unique!

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Have you tried templates lately?

To Be Continued…Again

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