Adding a Cluster to a Collage

Supplies: photo collage template by Janet Phillips (adjusted for Lightroom); cluster and paper layer template by Scrapping with Liz (pulled from template); papers and elements by Kristin Cronin Barrow and Jenn Barrette. Font is TypewriterScribbled. Mickey and Minnie “magic shot” created using image from Google.


I have been enjoying creating my photo collages in Lightroom and then bringing them into Photoshop to add my papers, embelishments, and fun stuff. I have been doing this for several months and have been shocked at how fast I’ve been able to complete layouts. I have, however, missed my paper layers and small clusters.

When I was visiting with Liz (Scrapping with Liz) for her podcast, I got the idea to use the clusters on her templates included in The Digi Files this month on my collage layouts. This is not really a new technique and it’s something we’ve discussed on The Daily Digi a few times over the years.

I was so excited when this ‘old idea’ popped into my head, because I really do LOVE Liz’s talent and ability for layering papers. It truly makes my heart happy! It’s not something I do as easily and naturally on my own.

I started with my layout collage created in Lightroom and brought it into Photoshop on a blank canvas:

I opened Liz’s template and selected the cluster and paper layers:

With the move tool selected, just dragged and dropped them onto my collage canvas:

Then, I moved those layers to the far edge, where I wanted them:

I needed to turn a few layers off that were in the way (notice the word strips at the bottom):

Last, I added all of my papers and goodies to the layout:

I’ve used this technique on many layouts since and it’s been so much fun!! I always enjoy trying new techniques or recycling old ones in a new way to change things up. What have you been doing to change things up?