So Long April

When you
become a member you get ALL of these kits for just $7.50 TOTAL (not each)! AMAZING DEAL!!

This is what our
members said at the end of last month:

I have been very happy with my subscription. Well worth the money and I have found numerous new designers that I have never heard of before.- Heather C

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Chunlin Designs

Amanda Yi

Brook Magee

Blue Flower Art

Vera Lim

Jumpstart Designs

Sherry Ferguson

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game
level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past
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April Fun

We’ll be ringing in May soon enough. In the meantime, here’s one last day of funtastic deals for April. Be sure to check back next week for a special iNSD edition.

Scrapping with Liz just released her April Month In Review, Calendars and Weekly Life Templates. Grab them all at 20% off through Sunday.


New this week is the 3rd installment of Destinations by Studio Flergs & Studio Basic Designs. Save BIG on the collection through the weekend! 26 papers, 2 alphas, 80+ elements PLUS 3 extra packs in the collection.


A new set of Salutations is now available from Katie the Scrapbook Lady! These sets include a variety of digital files to use for your creative projects. Perfect for digital and/or hybrid scrapbooks, planners, journals, stationery, note cards, mini albums, and more! The files comes in a wide range of sizes including; 3×4, 4×4, 4×6, 5×7, 6×4, 6×8, A4, letter, and 12×12.


Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner. These quick printables and templates will help you show your appreciation for the favorite teachers in your life.


Avoiding Disaster: My Rainy Day Backup Plan

CREDITS: I Like It When It Rains by Little Butterfly Wings; Font: WZ You Are Scribbled by Studio Wendy.

If you’ve been around a while, you know that I’m obsessed with backups. Way back in the 90s, when we had our very first, 1 megapixel digital camera, we ended up losing our photos. As a memory keeper, it was a terrible loss. I like to think I learned a few things from that experience.

Backup everything. At least two copies, on two types of media, in at least two physical locations. (Three is even better. I’ve heard stories of people losing their original and their backup at the same time.) and…

2) Make sure your scrapbook pages are created in a way you can export to a
universal file format. (I still have my scrapbook pages from back then, but they are in a format I can no longer open.) But that’s a topic for another day. Back to #1. Backup!

My Crashplan subscription was expiring. I’ve been a big proponent of Crashplan in the past because it’s the only service I found that met all of my very picky criteria.

  1. Allows deleted files to be
    saved forever. Most services remove deleted files after 30 days. I can’t count the number of times I’ve deleted something by mistake, or on purpose, but needed it back. And of course, it’s always past 30 days by the time I discover it.
  2. Allows me to
    backup external hard drives that are constantly disconnected and reconnected. As a laptop user, I am often disconnected from my EHDs. And, since I have a small SSD (only 512gb), I cannot keep everything I need on my laptop directly. Crashplan was the only service that would not try to delete my backups if I wasn’t connected. Very important for laptop users!

Crashplan served me well for many years, but in the past year, they did away with their 4-year pre-paid family plan which was the most affordable option. And, if I was going to have spend $60 a year for my backup services, I decided to research other options.

That led me to
Amazon Cloud Drive and GoodSync. Amazon now offers an unlimited cloud storage solution at the same price point as Crashplan. The GoodSync software is an extra one-time expense ($30), but will allow me to control what gets backed up, and encrypt it. GoodSync can do either a backup (1-way process) or a Sync (2-way process where one location will match the other location). It can even do both side by side, if you want it to. It will backup to a variety of cloud services, networked drives and more. It’s robust, but a little confusing to get set up. So, I’ll walk you through it below. I’m only a couple days in, but so far so good. The only downside is the upload speed. I’m going to have to give it some time before I know if it’s a realistic approach. Once I get a good backup, it gets easy. I just need to make sure it keeps up with changes on my computer itself and that shouldn’t take too much time. The biggest problem is going to be getting my 3TB, 2TB and 1TB drives also backed up. But, once it’s in the cloud and encrypted, I’ll feel pretty safe about it all again.

And, the good news is that Amazon is not likely to go anywhere. Hopefully they don’t decide based on my uploads alone that unlimited isn’t a good idea!

So, if you’re interested in how to set up GoodSync and Amazon Cloud, read on. If not, you’re free to go scrap now. 🙂 I just ask that you, pretty please, put a backup solution in place! Losing your photos and scrapbook pages is a devastating loss. Don’t let it happen to you!

Setting Up Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon offers a free 3-month trial and it’s as easy as clicking sign-up, and entering your email address and password. Then your computer will download the computer app which allows you to manually copy files from your computer to the cloud. Just remember that files uploaded this way are not encrypted. So, it’s great for things like music, but not so much for for personal photos or documents. That’s where GoodSync comes up.

  1. Go to Amazon Cloud Drive.

  2. Click Start your 3-month trial under Unlimited Everything, and sign in with your Amazon account. You are giving it permission to charge you in 90 days. So if you are not sure about keeping it, add a calendar event to remind you to cancel it before you are charged.

  3. The app will download and install. Launch it.
  4. You will be prompted to do an initial backup. If you plan to use GoodSync, I recommend skipping this step.
  5. You’ll be brought the main window where you can see your uploads, your available downloads, create new folders and change your preferences. Amazon may have already created several folders for you. If you do want to upload manually, you can simply click a folder and choose upload.

  6. Now you’re ready to move on to GoodSync.

Setting Up GoodSync

GoodSync offers a free 14-day trial. Signing up is also easy, as is connecting your Amazon account. Setting up your backup jobs is a little trickier, but once you know how to do it, it’s not so bad! And, you can even duplicate a job, with it’s settings, and simply change the location. Perfect for customizing your backup jobs and prioritizing certain files over other. Let’s get started.

  1. Go to GoodSync, click download trial and install the app (the regular one, not the ToGo version).
  2. Launch the app and you’ll be prompted to set up your computer. Choose the “Connect my computers using GoodSync Connect” and uncheck the option underneath it. Press Next.

  3. You’ll be prompted to create a new job. Select that option.

  4. Give your job a name. I usually choose the name of the folder I’m backing up. I recommend setting up several smaller jobs instead of trying to backup your entire computer at once. For example, by creating a Photos job, a Layouts Job, a Documents Job, and a Music job, I can control the priority of those backups, as well as choose to encrypt some files and not others. (Encryption takes longer and my music is not super important. I can always re-rip my CDs or download songs again.) Since we are focusing on Backup, choose that option and click OK.

  5. You’ll now be taken to the main GoodSync window. This is the window you’ll normally see when you open the app. You can see here I forgot to name my job! No worries, I can right-click and rename it. The next step is to set my “Left” and “Right” locations. By default, left should be your computer and right should be your upload location, in this case, your amazon account. So, click “Please select folder” on the left side, Choose My Mac or equivalent and select the folder on your computer you want to backup. If I want to backup my photos, I’m going to select my Photos folder.

  6. Now, we need to set up the right side to copy to Amazon Cloud. Click “Please select folder” on the right side. Choose Amazon Cloud Drive on the left. Enter your email address in the User ID box. Click CONNECT.
  7. Enter you password and click Sign In. Then click Okay to give Amazon permission to share your credentials with GoodSync.

  8. Now you’ll be brought back to the last window and can see your Amazon Cloud folders. Click Make New Folder and create a place to store your backups. I called mine GoodSync so I know this is where my backups will go, and allow me to use my other folders for direct upload from the Amazon Cloud app if I ever decide I want to do that. Click Choose once you’ve created the new folder.

  9. Highlight the new job in the list on the left and click the options button up top.
  10. Now we need to set our preferences for this job. Preferences here go with the job, so you can set them differently for different jobs. Here’s what I chose.


Backup, Left to Right (meaning from my computer to Amazon Cloud)

Propogate deletions unchecked (this means that if I delete something on my computer, it will still remain on Amazon. To delete something from Amazon, I’ll have to go to Amazon Cloud services through the web browser and choose to delete it.).

Save deleted/replaced files, last version only or multiple versions: Your choice here. I elected to save multiple versions. Who knows if I’ll one day be able to recover a PSD I accidentally saved over as a JPG. (Don’t ask.)

I left the rest of the options as is.


This is where you can set how you want GoodSync to run. For my initial backup, I wanted to control when it uploads. After I get a good sync, I will set backups to run at a specific time. I left most of the options on the default, but I did make sure Conflict Resolution was set to rename files versus deleting them. Safety first, people!


Here is where you can specifically include or exclude files from backing up. For example, I don’t want my trash files backed up, so I added those words to the exclude list. I also chose to not backup system files or empty folders.


This is where we set encryption and it’s a little confusing, so let me explain. If you are doing backup instead of sync, you are only ever backing up going from Left to Right. You want only the files on the Right encrypted. You want the files on the left, on your computer, to be left alone. Otherwise you cannot access them easily. Also, if you choose to restore and copy files from the right (Amazon) back to the left (your computer), you want the files decrypted, not encrypted. So, we are going to leave LEFT alone. So click RIGHT, and check Encrypt File Bodies. Then enter a very strong Encryption Password (I recommend 1Password for generating and storing secure passwords). You’ll need this password to decrypt your files when you download them later. Why not also check Encrypt File Names? I learned this the hard way. If you do, your file names turn to gibberish, and you’ll never know what files you need to download. Less secure if you keep important things in your filenames, but way easier to see the files if you are trying to access them from Amazon Cloud directly later.

11. Whew! That was a lot of work. Now it’s time to Analyze and Save. Click Analyze. GoodSync will take a couple minutes and search for any applicable files (based on your filters) that it thinks it should backup.

You’ll see a list appear before your very eyes, along with lots of data and some weird icons. You can see what all the icons mean here on the
Goodsync site. But the important ones are the green arrows. They mean that they are scheduled to backup. The green equals means you successfully backed it up. You can also see the filesize and the date of the file. Great info! Now, to backup manually, just click the SYNC button. It’s really a BACKUP button even though it says Sync, because we choose Backup in the job options. Now, sit back and watch your job backup.


ANALYZE: I turned on detect files and folder moves and renames. This means the software doesn’t have to backup those files again and simply moves them. I also turned on disk space estimates. Although it shouldn’t matter for an unlimited upload, if you are backing up to another drive, this is good info to know.

SYNC: I went ahead and left the defaults on. If you wonder what any of these mean, you can hover over them with your mouse for the pop up explanations.

12. Now, go ahead and create more jobs for other folders you wish to backup. You can drag and drop them up or down to assign priority. If you want to use the same settings, right+click and choose “Clone” to make a copy. Then simply click the “Left” file location (where it previously said Select a folder” and choose a different file folder to upload. Then, click the “Right” file location and create a new folder to put the new files in. I create one folder for each backup job to live in that GoodSync folder we created. You can see here I have several “jobs” set up on the left. The Desktop is finished uploading, with a green check to the left and the Resources is still in progress, but only 53 files to go!

Now you’re up and going! And, you can always go back to your job options and edit the schedule so you can automate the backups. If you have other questions about GoodSync, check out their
FAQs. I learned a lot from it!

So, how do YOU backup? What do you think of this new Amazon option? I’m cautiously optimistic about it, but it will all depend on how quickly it can actually manage the backup.

Sharing Your Layouts on Instagram

Sharing Your Layouts on Instagram

Are you sharing your scrapbook layouts on Instagram? It has become an amazing “gallery” for digital scrapbookers. Most of your favourite designers and stores are probably on Instagram and there is an abundance of inspiring content and layouts to be found there. I recently created my own scrappy Instagram account and have started to post my layouts there. Today I’m going to share my workflow for getting a layout from my computer and on to Instagram.

A Personal Account and a Scrappy Account

I have had a personal Instagram account for a while now. It is mostly filled with food pics and pics from my every day life.

To avoid annoying my non-scrappy friends and family, I created a second account where I share my layouts and articles on scrapbooking. Instagram now allows us to switch between two accounts really easily. All you do is just click on your username in the top centre of the Instagram app. A drop down will appear with all of your available accounts. (Or you can add another account, if you want.)

Using Later to Make Writing Easier

If you’ve hesitated about using Instagram for posting your layouts because you thought it would be bothersome to type up all of the design credits on your smartphone, definitely try out Later (formerly known as Latergram). Later is a service that lets you create Instagram posts and schedule them to be posted at a later date – although to be clear, Later does not post to your account – you still have to go in and manually post your picture. It will send you a reminder prompt at the scheduled time though.

For scrapbookers, the beauty of Later is that it allows us to type up a long description of our layout including credits, all from the comfort of our keyboards. You can also save it without scheduling it to post, so you can go in and edit it as much as you need to.

For scrapbookers on creative teams for designers, Later also allows you to create your post and then schedule it to be posted on the new product release date. Awesome time saver!

To post your layout, go into the Later app on your phone and select the layout you want to share. Hit the “Open In Instagram” button. It will ask if you are logged in correctly to Instagram. This is important! Make sure your scrappy account is the active one so that it will post to it.

Later automatically copies the text you’ve prepared. So, once in the Instagram app, all you have to do is paste the text.

Here is all of the prepared text pasted into the Instagram caption box:

Et voilĂ ! A fully prepared Instagram post showing a layout of mine:

Keep a List of Tags

Many designers use a specific hashtag to easily find their products. Just go to their Instagram page and you’ll be able to find it on their photos. To keep track of these hashtags, I use Google Keep to keep a quick list for each of the designers I frequently use – as well as store hashtags.

Remember to tag your pages with general tags too, like #digitalscrapbooking or #pocketscrapbooking. This will help other people find them, even if they’re not familiar with the products you used on your page.

Save Favourite Layouts to Pinterest

Don’t forget to follow your favourite scrapbookers on Instagram and to save any layouts that you love to Pinterest!

Oh Snap! The Secret to Practically Perfect Scrapbook Pages

Do you want to evenly space out or align objects?

You might already know about
the alignment tools, but there’s another way to get your layouts looking neat and tidy. Hidden in the View Menu, is the Snapping menu. It can help you line your layers up with each other, the edge of your page or a grid.

What is Snapping?

Snapping happens when you drag on a layer. When you get close to the item you are snapping to, the layer moves to ‘snap’ into place, as if it is magnetic to the other layer. You really need to feel it to see what I mean, so read on to find out more.

What Can you Snap to?

There are several options for snapping, to see them all choose
View > Snap To, and select one or more options from the submenu:

  • Guides: Snaps to guides.
  • Grid: Snaps to the grid. You can only select this option when the grid is visible.
  • Layer: Snaps to the content in the layer.
  • Document Bounds: Snaps to the edges of the document.


Your layer will magnetize to any guides you set up, so you can quickly and easily add a guideline at six inches and have all your photos aligned at the six inch mark.
You can set up guides
as Katie demonstrates in this post.


The grid is turned off by default. Just select
View>Grid to turn it on.

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You can customize the Grid to your personal preferences, by selecting
Edit>Preferences>Guides & Grid.

I like to have my grid set for the gridlines every inch with four minor lines between the majors. This allows for accuracy down to a quarter-inch and I rarely need more than that. However, you can adjust the gridlines to fit your project.
Next, ensure that
View>Snap To>Grid is selected.

Then drag on some photos or embellishments.

Move the layers around with the
Move tool (V) and notice how they gravitate toward the grid lines, making it easy to position them accurately.

You can also use the grid as a visual reference without snapping too.


This is my favourite option! I use
View>Snap To>Layers whenever I want to create a block of patterned paper that aligns perfectly, as I did in this layoutLOAD26 20121129 BHP Christmas Party_3600_L

I used layer snapping for the photo collage on this page:
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You can also use it to create embellishment clusters at the corners or edges of pages.

Making a title? Easily align all your letters as you move them into place!
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Or make ric rac align perfectly to your photo.
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Document Bounds

This means that layers will magnetize to the edges of your document. This is useful for aligning borders or making sure your background paper is properly covering your whole background.

Just Stop it!

Sometimes the snapping can be annoying, so when you just want it to stop you have two options:

  • Hold down the Control (or Command) key to temporarily stop the snapping.
  • Use the keyboard arrow keys to nudge the layer a tiny bit at a time (Ctrl/Cmd+Arrow for bigger nudges). If you have trouble with nudging layers, read more here.

Are you a snappy scrapper? How do you get everything looking snappy on your pages?

Dance In the Rain


It’s springtime here in the States and that means rain, rain, rain. Although I would prefer sun, I appreciate the rain and all it will do to make summer gorgeous! We’re absolutely thrilled to have Sherry Ferguson with us this month. Sherry created this beautiful kit, Dance in the Rain, the celebrate the beauty of the season. I love the soft colors and hand drawn elements. Let’s take a closer look!

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Sherry Ferguson’s contribution:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Template by Darcy Baldwin; Fonts: Second Breakfast, sf Jubilee; Banner action by Studio Wendy.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson.


Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Faithbooking: Joy by Jen Maddocks; Faithbooking Scribbles by Studio Wendy; Font: WZ You Are Endearing.


Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Font: KG Second Chances Sketch.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.


My name is Sherry Ferguson and I live in Texas with my husband and two daughters. I first discovered digital scrapbooking and designing in 2006 and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I also enjoy baking and spend a lot of time watching my girls various dance performances.



When I bought my first digital camera many years ago, I was trying to figure out what I could do with my photos once they were on the computer which led me to discover digital scrapbooking. At the same time, I was also drawn to the idea of creating my own papers and elements and dove right into designing and scrapping at the same time.


My inspiration comes from many sources: photos, kids, clothing, craft stores, and of course Pinterest.


Computer: I have a 21 inch iMac running OS X El Capitan with 16 GB of memory.

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC and occasionally plug ins like Filter Forge.

Camera: I have a Canon Rebel SL1 but I use my iPhone 6 for taking a lot of snapshots as well.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo Tablet.


Don’t be afraid to modify your Photoshop workspace for whatever project you’re working on. For the longest time, I felt like everything needed to stay in the same place. Now I drag my panels around a lot depending on what I’m doing. You can also save custom workspaces (window: workspace: new workspace) to make it easier when switching back and forth.


I like this kit because the colors are some of my favorites and it’s a reminder that life is constantly changing.



Peace on Earth was inspired by the many earthy Christmas decorations I saw this past year. Being from Texas, I wanted it to have that “country feel” but also be versatile enough for Christmas anywhere. With the overall theme being “earthy”, I felt the name kind of tied it all together since it is very peaceful in the country.


Here are some of my favorite products by Sherry Ferguson:






Here are some more inspirational layouts using Sherry Ferguson’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







Save 25% off Sherry Ferguson’s store with coupon code TDDSAVE25.

Go have a look in Sherry Ferguson’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Sherry Ferguson

The following layouts were created using “Dance in the Rain” by Sherry Ferguson and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2016:


Layout by JillW. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson.


Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Templates (altered) by Akizo and Jimbo Jambo Designs.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Template by Darcy Baldwin; Fonts: Second Breakfast, sf Jubilee; Banner action by Studio Wendy.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson.


Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Faithbooking: Joy by Jen Maddocks; Faithbooking Scribbles by Studio Wendy; Font: WZ You Are Endearing.


Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Font: Always In My Heart.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Dance in the Rain by Sherry Ferguson; Font: KG Second Chances Sketch.

Gratitude Journal {week 17}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.


If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template

Pretty Pretty Templates

Seriously…Brook’s templates are just so PRETTY. As in, I don’t need to overlay any papers because they are just so pretty all on their own!

Don’t believe me? Just check out her templates for this month’s Digi Files. Gorgeous!

As I was oooohing and aaaahhing over them the other day, thinking I wish I could just print and hang as they are, it occurred to me that I really could use them just as they are!

I needed to send a bunch of thank you cards and I decided that these templates would make the prettiest cards.

[I am working in PSE, but the steps should be similar in PS and other versions of PSE]

I chose to use the third template (the one in the bottom right in the preview above. I selected all of the layers in the big cluster (holding down the command key while I selected each layer in the layers palette) and duplicated them onto a new 5×7 document (with layers selected, LAYER > DUPLICATE LAYER > DESTINATION: NEW). I then rotated them 90° to the right (IMAGE > ROTATE > ROTATE IMAGE 90° RIGHT).

I then decided to go back and grab the black photo spot. I overlaid it with a chalkboard paper from my stash and then added a stroke layer (holding down the command key, I clicked on the layer thumbnail which created a selection around the layer; then, I clicked the new layer icon and next EDIT > STROKE > 10px).

After writing the words ThankYou (font is Angelline), I decided to duplicate most of the cluster, rotate them (with desired layers selected, IMAGE > ROTATE > ROTATE LAYER 180°), and add them to the other side. Finally, I added a piece of watercolor paper (again, from my stash) and voila! Thank you cards done! Simple and yet so, so pretty!

Friday, Finally!

Don’t you just love Fridays? I’m sure glad the weekend is here. Here are a few new goodies to brighten your weekend.

It’s Pickle Barrel time at PBP! Grab Jennifer Labre’s It’s A Girl Thing: 6-Pack for just $6!


Download Tangie Baxter’s brand new eBook/zine “A Beginner’s Guide to Art Journaling”. This amazing zine is filled with tips to help you get started art journaling in just 15 minutes a day!


It’s Memory Pockets Monthly time at The Lilypad, and the newest collection, BLOOM, is just gorgeous! Grab it for 20% off thru Sunday or FREE for MPM subscribers!


Layers. This one word stops many would-be digi scrappers in their tracks. But, I’d argue that layers are almost the best part of digital scrapbooking (SPOILER ALERT: the best part is the Undo button!)


Love Remembered is a gorgeous, vintage-inspired digital scrapbooking collection by Meagan’s Creations. Save 30% off the kit and add-on packs through Monday, April 25th or save 40% off when you purchase the bundle!


Need some prom or yearbook templates? Or just love 8.5×11 vertical collages? Then these new templates, with photobook cover template, may be for you! 15 left and right options.