Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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Have you ever heard the words “digital scrapbooking” and immediately thought, “I can’t do that. Photoshop is too complicated.” We get it. The word “Photoshop” strikes fear into the hearts of so many. But why is that exactly? Yes, Photoshop can do many extraordinary things, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. That is why we set out with a goal to teach digital scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements.

We are so excited to announce a new series of FREE digital video tutorials on our YouTube channel. This series is designed to take you from a complete beginner with no Photoshop knowledge, to a Digital Project Life® scrapbooking pro. You see, you don’t have to know EVERYTHING about Photoshop in order to create beautiful pages. That is where so many people get hung up. This series of tutorials focuses on what you need to know and throws in a couple of other tips and tricks, just for fun.

What program do I need?

This series was filmed in Photoshop Elements 15. We recommend Photoshop Elements for all of our first-time digital customers. Full-version Photoshop, or Photoshop Creative Cloud, works just fine, but it has way more bells and whistles than you will need to create digital layouts. Photoshop Elements is a one-time purchase for your computer while Photoshop Creative Cloud is part of a monthly subscription through Adobe.com. If you want to try your hand at digital scrapbooking without the commitment, you can download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements from Adobe.com (scroll down to the bottom of the product page for a trial download link). Secret tip: Places like Amazon and Costco will run sales on Photoshop Elements and you can get some seriously great deals!

Older versions of Photoshop Elements will work as well. We recommend staying with Photoshop Elements 10-15, but don’t let that stop you from trying out the tutorials if you have a version older than 10. Some of the features like “Guided Edits” may not be available on your version, but other tools and functions should be the same. The tutorials are free, so you really have nothing to lose by giving it a try with older software.

What will I learn?

You can work through the video tutorials at your own pace. You can stop, pause, rewind over and over to your heart’s content. Once you have one technique down, you are free to move onto the next one. All of the video tutorials are currently available for your learning and enjoyment. Here is a list of the tutorials in order of how they were designed to be watched:

Let’s take a closer look at what is covered. When we designed this course, we put a lot of thought into what you would need to know to complete a Digital Project Life layout from start to finish. We don’t ask our kids to jump in and start working at school without getting familiar with their school and classroom, and we won’t ask the same of you either! We will start by taking a short tour around the Photoshop Elements workspace to get you familiar with the layout and the tools that we will be focusing on. Sit back, relax, and get comfortable with your screen before working with the tools and functions of Photoshop Elements.

From there we will dive into photo editing. Now, stay with me here. I know that you have all seen crazy, amazing photos that have been edited with Photoshop. I think this is where some of the Photoshop intimidation comes from. We aren’t going down that road. We are just going to look at some basic tips to take your photos up a notch and making them pop. Below is a sample of a couple of pictures edited with the tips in these videos. These aren’t stellar pictures, but I believe that even the not-so-stellar pictures tell our everyday stories. I spent just a few minutes making a couple of edits and now they look so much better. Think of the magic you can do to your own photos!

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After photo editing, we will introduce you to your new best friend – the digital template. What’s so special about digital templates? They take care of all of the basic design work for you. All you have to do is add your photos and cards by creating a clipping mask. A clipping mask is just a fancy term for a command you will give Photoshop using a couple of keys on your keyboard. After you do it a couple of times, you will be a clipping mask pro. Here is a sneak peak of the layout completed in this lesson.

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That’s not all you can do with templates. Once you get comfortable with the basic functionality of templates, you can kick it up a notch and customize them to suit your own needs. Say what? Yep! You aren’t locked into the layout of a template design forever and always. You can move clipping masks around, rotate templates for a different look, and even clip giant pictures into multiple pockets for a fun, unique look.

No story would be complete without the words, right? After templates we will learn about the type tool. The type tool enables us to add titles to layouts, journaling to cards, and even allows us to add some personalization to photos. Have you ever wanted to add fun word art or dates to your pictures? The type tool is where it is at, friends!

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Pictures + templates + journaling = awesome digital layout. That’s all you really need to know to create great layouts. Take out all of the excess stuff of Photoshop Elements and you can totally create beautiful layouts easily. Once you make it through these sections of video tutorials, you will be a digital scrapbooking pro!

But we didn’t stop there. We knew that you would want to learn how to add all the pretty stuff – photo overlays, stickers, and brushes. This is extra stuff you can add to your layouts to add a little bit of personality to your pages. We will walk you through how to use each of these design elements so you will feel comfortable using them on your own layouts.

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Downloadable PDFs

We know that everyone learns differently. That is why we have included a downloadable PDF with every video tutorial. Each PDF includes written instructions and screenshots to help walk you through each task. You will find them linked below the video description of each tutorial. Download the PDF, print it out, and use it to refer to during the video tutorial or later while you are creating your layouts.

Email Companion

We want so much for you to succeed on this adventure of learning how to make Digital Project Life layouts. That is why we created an email companion to cheer you along. Sign up for our newsletter and we will send you emails periodically to guide you and cheer you through the process. We will even send you a few coupons for use on products at Digital Project Life. *wink *wink


We don’t want you showing up for class empty handed. We want our students well-supplied and ready to learn! Make sure to download our FREE Project Life Starter Pack. In it you will find two templates — the Cherry Edition and the Cherry Edition Extra Elements.

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We also have a brand new, exclusive Digital Project Life kit designed just for this video tutorial series. The Adventure Awaits Edition, designed by Crystal Wilkerson, contains cards, stickers, photo overlays, and brushes – everything you need to document your life’s adventures. You will be seeing this edition used throughout the video tutorial series. Secret tip: Sign up for our email newsletter and receive a coupon to get this kit at a discount.

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Page Protector + Album Bundle Sale

Once you have your beautiful layouts completed on your computer, what is the next step? Printing! You have the option to print at home (up to 8×8 on a regular printer or at 12×12 on a wide format printer), import your completed layouts into the Project Life App for printing, or print through a commercial printer of your choice.

With your new printed layouts in hand, you are going to need a few more supplies. That is why we are hooking you up with an album + page protector bundle sale. From now until Thursday, June 15, you can save 20% when you add any big pack of page protectors and an album in your cart in the physical Project Life shop. No coupons needed. All that’s left is for you to enjoy your digital layouts that YOU created with your family and friends!

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Heading back to school is much more fun with a friend, don’t you think? Watch our Instagram account and our Facebook page  today to find out how you and a friend can each win a copy of Photoshop Elements 15 and a digital collection of your choice. Look for the graphic below in our social media feeds for more details.

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We want you to feel successful. We don’t want you to feel frustrated. If you get stuck, have a question, or want to share with us your favorite “aha!” moment, send us an email at digital@beckyhiggins.com. We’ve got your back.




15 Responses

  1. Melanie Mueller says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this ❤️ I have been wanting to learn how to do this. Excited to get binge watching !! May I also be added to the email list. Thank you again

  2. Roberta V says:

    Thank you very much for this! Perfection!

  3. Stephanie Olsen says:

    This is AHmazing! Thanks SO much!!!

  4. Vicki says:

    Such a grat idea. Can we still use the kits we have already purchased via the app in photoshop elements and if so how do we get them onto our computer?

    • Laurie Pecotte Laurie Pecotte says:

      Hi Vicki! The Project Life App and Digital Project Life are two separate branches of the Project Life family so each kit has been specially formatted to its respective platform. There isn’t a way to export the kits out of the app for use on the computer. Sorry about that!

  5. Tiffanie says:

    I’m so excited!! I’ve been hesitant to buy photoshop elements bc I don’t have a clue how to use it for PL. I tried watching some videos but it wasn’t enough for a newbie. Super excited to start using this for my digital scrapbooking!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  6. Laura says:

    Thank you, I’m excited to get started

  7. Melynda says:

    Thank you for these! I have been wanting to learn this. I have already purchased most of the templates and kits on the app… Will I be able to transfer these over? Or need to repurchase all of them again?

    • Laurie Pecotte Laurie Pecotte says:

      Hi Melynda! We’re so glad to hear that you are excited! You will need to purchase kits and templates at Digital Project Life for use on your computer. The kits and templates in the Project Life App have been specially formatted for use in the app and are not the correct format for use on your computer. Sorry about that!

  8. This is soooo cool… Thanks!!!

  9. Tina says:

    I’m not able to find the PDFs for the tutorials. Will you please help?

    Thanks for these videos!

    • Laurie Pecotte Laurie Pecotte says:

      Hi Tina! If you look underneath each YouTube video, there is a video description. Click on the “Show More” text and it will show all of the links. The PDF will be listed there. Hope that helps!

  10. whitney says:

    How do you import your digital project life pages to your phone? (android) just save them to google photos? I know probably a silly question!

    • Laurie Pecotte Laurie Pecotte says:

      Hi Whitney! Are you wanting to import your pages for printing? Yes, you can use Google Photos for this. Save them there. Open the Project Life App. Tap on the collage section from the home screen (the orange portion of the circle). Tap on the icon in the top left-hand corner to change the collage layout. From the pop-up screen at the bottom of the screen choose the 12×12 option. Then you can add your completed layout to the collage. Once it is saved to your library you can order prints or add them to photo books. You won’t be able to make any changes to your layout, however. Hope that helps!