Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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getting started with digital project life

Have you wondered how to get started creating gorgeous Digital Project Life® layouts on your computer but didn’t know how? Today we have two special treats for you! We have created a brand-new page on our website to help guide you through the process. It lists what software and supplies you need. You will also find tutorials and printing information. All of this awesome information in one place? Heck yeah! Click here to get started.

In addition to our new Digital Project Life page, we have a brand-new video tutorial for you. This is the first in a new series of digital tutorials that we are creating for you to help the process of making layouts in Photoshop Elements easier. This tutorial will walk you through each step of creating a Project Life layout with one of our digital templates in Photoshop Elements.

Make sure you also download this companion PDF. It is full of screen shots and written instructions that you can refer back to at any time.

Still have questions? We are always happy to help. Send us an email at digital@beckyhiggins.com.


13 Responses

  1. Tabetha says:

    Thank you for sharing this – it was very helpful! Looking forward to more tutorials in the future on the digital project life page!

  2. Becky says:

    Ohhh thanks for the great video! It would be nice if it was as easy to click and select a photo for each block like using the PL App, but I think I can handle all the clipping masks. Laurie made it pretty easy though this video. Thanks Becky Higgins team for all you do for us!

  3. Tina Rhodes says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I have wanted to try this forever but Photoshop just always overwhelms me! I am more of a hands on learner and this is exactly what I needed! Yay!!!!!

  4. Christy says:

    This is awesome! Very helpful. I have a question though- I seem to remember something about using the Ctrl and G Key to help make the picture fit in the squares of the template- instead of resizing each picture over the square prior to making the clipping mask. Hope that makes sense- if so, can you confirm/explain this? I use Photoshop Elements 12 on my PC though, not sure if that makes a difference. Thanks!

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Christy!

      Control + G (on a PC) or Command + G (on a Mac) is just the hotkey way of creating the clipping mask. It is the same thing that I did in the tutorial, just a different way. I did the hover + alt + click method. Instead of doing that you can select your photo layer and then use the hotkey command of control + G to make your clipping mask. It tells Photoshop to make your photo layer the same shape as the layer underneath it. It doesn’t automatically resize it for you, though. So if you want your image to be bigger or smaller, you will still need to click on those transform handles around the picture and drag in or out with your mouse to resize. Hope that helps!

  5. April says:

    Awesome share thank you! Wait maybe I should not thank you because my pocket book is already cringing. It was bad enough I was binging on project life cards and now this. HAHA, really I do thank you.

  6. Wendie says:

    So very nice to have tutorials – I hope to get back into Photoshop with PL! Thank you so much.

  7. Kerri says:

    Great tutorial! I have a question though: can you use the kits purchased from the PL app with digital PL? I have only used the app and have nearly every kit that you offer so I’m wondering if I’d have to buy them all over again if I start using the digital PL? Thanks for your help!!

  8. Heather says:

    I do not see an answer commenting on the last post dated October 23, 2015 at 6:05 am. I would like to use project life on my iPhone, iPad and mac – will I need to by a kit separate for my mac in addition to those on the application for phone and iPad? This looks like a great tool! (overwhelmingly I have 15 years of digital photos to get started with!) Best Regards :)

  9. Michelle says:

    Also wondering about the comments in regards to using project life on multiple devices. Thank you.

  10. Christie says:

    What level of Photoshop Elements do we need to purchase?

    • Jenny B. says:

      Any level will work. I would go with the newest. Alternatively, you can get full Photoshop (along with Lightroom) through Adobe’s Creative Cloud photography plan for $9.99/ month. That’s what I do, but Elements is also a good choice.

  11. Jenny B. says:

    To those that asked about working in both the app and on your computer… They are separate. As of right now, there’s no way to work on the same page on both your computer and in the app. You cannot use the app kits on your computer. They only work in the app. You CAN use the digital kits in the app, but it’s not as easy as using the app kits. You have to import the digital cards the same way you import photos, which means they have to be accessible on your phone/tablet. Dropbox is one way to accomplish that. For me personally, that’s too much trouble, and I just use Photoshop for all my pages. That’s what I’m comfortable with, though. If you like using the app and already have a bunch of kits there, I would say just use the app and the app kits and be done. :) If you’re really interested in using the digital kits with the app, Steph at The Daily Digi does, and has written several informative posts here: https://thedailydigi.com/category/project-life-pocket-scrapbooking.