Make Faster Pages with a Template Shape Folder

Make Creating Pages Faster with a Template Shape Folder

Designing my own scrapbook pages is a great creative outlet. When I’m not working with a template, I like the challenge of making a page design work for my photos and the kit I want to use. When I looked over my finished pages, I found that there were some shapes and elements that I was very drawn to using:

  • Rectangles and squares
  • Triangles
  • Circles and half-circles
  • Hexagons
  • Circle and square frames
  • Scallop trim
  • Ribbons
  • Flowers and leaves
  • Buttons
  • Hearts
  • Stars
  • Word art strips
  • Banners
  • Arrows and Chevrons
  • Journal Cards (especially 3×4 size)

So, in order to not start from scratch on every page, I decided to make a “Template Builder” folder and fill it with all of my favourite shapes. Then, when I go to build a page in the future, I can just quickly add shapes from my own shape stash.

These are some of the shapes in my folder:

To make your own shapes, create a new a 12×12 canvas with a transparent background. Draw a shape. In this example, I’m going to use an arrow.

Now get rid of the extra canvas by going to Image>Trim.

Save the file as a PNG to preserve the transparent background. Now it’s ready to be used on your pages!

Here’s a quick template I made using my shapes and then the page I made using it:

Supplies: Sunrise by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

Easy as 1-2-3! I hope this tip helps you to create your own pages, and capture your memories, faster and more enjoyably.