One Template, One Scrapper, Five Layouts

It is no secret that I love templates. Designing templates is part of my creative life. In all honesty, I started creating them because I thought it sounded cool to do something creative and get paid for it. Six years and thousands of templates later, I still think it is cool to do something creative and get paid for it. More than that, though, I am so convinced of the usefulness that templates provide for scrapbookers. I think they are perfect for those just getting started, a great inspiration point for seasoned scrappers, and a time-saving tool for all of us.

Back in 2009 I wrote a series of posts on the TOP TEN REASONS I LOVE TEMPLATES. You can read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

One of the reasons I stated in Part Two is that templates are very versatile. Since I start with a template 99% of the time I scrap, this is really important. Templates are a starting point—a place to launch your creativity. A template isn’t meant to be a rigid design that you can never falter from. Instead, templates provide a way to get the creative juices flowing. And then, you get the template to work for you, not the other way around.

In order to illustrate how useful a template can be, I challenged myself and Cindy Schneider to take one of the templates we have made and create five different layouts with it. I thought that since Cindy and I both create templates and we both scrap, it would be fun to see what we make with our own stuff. Also, we have such different styles that I thought it would be good to see that it doesn’t matter whether you are simple scrapper, cluster scrapper, or somewhere in between. A template is a powerful tool in the hand of a scrapper!

First let’s look at Cindy’s work. She is truly amazing. I could never reproduce her style (I am not that talented!) but I can admire her work. She started with this template from her Half Pack 40 – Photo Focus 12 pack.

Then, she create these five masterpieces:


This first layout stayed pretty true to the original design. I love how big and bold it is!


This layout flipped the template 90 degrees to the left, leaving the large photo on the side in a vertical orientation. I love the diagonal title work.


This sweet layout shrunk the main large photo, leaving lots of negative space. She also combined two of the photo spots to accommodate a horizontal photo.


I love this page. First, Cindy flipped the template vertically (see the punched scallop is now at the top of the page?) Cindy then made the large photo a low-opacity background photo. Finally, with the smaller photos, she split them between the top and bottom of her page.


On this final layout, Cindy flipped the template 90 degrees, got rid of the large photo, and then moved the photos and elements to the center of the page.

Stunning, right? One template and yet you would never know that all the pages came from the same original design.

Now, my pages aren’t quite like Cindy’s, but you can see how a simple scrapper like me works with a template!

This template is from my SCRAP YOUR HEART OUT 5 collection.

And here are five layouts, all from the same basic design:


This layout stays true to the template except that I got ride of the journaling strips.


In this layout, I flipped the template 90 degrees to the left and changed the journaling strips to match the orientation of the design.

For this page, I flipped the template horizontally, deleted two of the photo spots, and enlarged the third photo.


For this page, I reduced the size of the photo and half circle layers. Then I added a large photo spot, duplicated and flipped the half circle, and moved the paper strips to the bottom of the page.


In this final layout (you can click to see it larger), I made a two page spread. After changing my canvas size to 24 x 12, I duplicated the photo spots three times (for a total of 12 photos).

Do you see how useful a template can be? With just two templates, we have shown you TEN different layouts. So now it is your turn! Take your templates and put them to good use!