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Several weeks ago we talked about Stretching your Digi-Stash with Masks. One portion of that tutorial was devoted to using clipping masks in creative ways.  Norma, a member of my Creative Team, demonstrated one unique method of using a mask.  She stretched and flipped a mask, then positioned it on the left side of her background paper, using just part of the mask as a border design.  She next clipped a photograph to her newly created border-mask, and used the original mask in the body of her layout, creating this stunning page. (Kit used: Rocky Mountain Dreams).


A few days after this tutorial was posted, a blog reader contacted me with a few questions regarding Norma’s layout.  She loved the layout so much, she wanted to practice this technique with one of her own photographs.  I asked her to share her finished layout with me once she was finished, so I could see what she accomplished.   The reader did send me her layout (which was beautiful), but also said in her email:  “But of course I won’t post this layout in any galleries because it wasn’t my original idea.”  I encouraged her to share, and to simply note in her credit the source of her inspiration (or scraplift).

So is it “stealing an idea” when we see an outstanding layout and want to use it as a source of inspiration? No. It’s not.  We are simply “embracing influence instead of running away from it.”  (Steal like an Artist.)

“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere.  All creative work builds on what came before.”  (Steal like an Artist)

Let’s look at Pocket Scrapping, which has become so popular over the past years.  What is Pocket Scrapbooking?

 From Sahlin Studio: “Pocket scrapbooking is the process of using clear plastic page protectors divided up in a variety of size pockets designed to slip-in photographs, journaling, or memorabilia.”

But look at this from The World newspaper, June 25, 1903. 


Pocket Scrapbooking. One hundred and twelve years ago.

I am not saying that those who popularized pocket scrapping today, “scraplifted” the idea from the year 1903.  I am sure it was an original thought today, just like it was back then.

My point is that if you see a layout and would like to scraplift it, feel the freedom to do so.   Unless you are specifically intent on duplicating a layout (or a product!) exactly, you can’t help but infuse your own personality and sense of style into your design, making it truly unique.

I came across the 1903 newsprint ad pictured above when I was working on “It’s a Snap,” a collaboration between myself (SnickerdoodleDesigns), Diane (ADBDeseigns), and Jill (Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes).  Jill created some great pocket templates, and Diane and I focused on the traditional kit.  If you haven’t tried pocket scrapping, why not give it a try?



And just to help you remember…. scraplifting is okay!… here is the newspaper article and print ad showing you that there truly is nothing “new” under the sun!

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I love including 2-page spreads in my scrapbooks.  What is a 2-page spread?  It is the placement of 2 scrapbook pages side by side, that provide an overall cohesive look to a layout.  You might choose to use this technique to showcase a particular theme or perhaps an event, where you have multiple photos to share.

I created this 2-page spread for my son’s album back in 1998.  This is a “theme” oriented spread.  The “theme” of the page is “Cultivate good habits. The bad ones grow like weeds.” Here I was able to showcase multiple photographs of my son being both angelic and mischievous.


Renee (CT member) used It’s A Snap to create an “event” themed 2-page spread.  This 2-page spread allowed Renee to showcase her favorite photo from this photoshoot (on the left) and include some fun out-takes on the right.


Norma (CT member) created a traditional layout using It’s a Snap, then decided to create a second page, using the same kit.  When she put the 2 pages side by side, she realized she had a problem. The vines on page 1 and page 2 didn’t match properly.    Let’s see how we can fix that, making a seamless transition from page 1 to page 2.


Optional but helpful:  Open the PSD of page 1.  If you are using a version of Photoshop that allows you to color-code your layers, it’s a good idea to do so. This will help identify which elements are on which page in the next steps.  To color code layers, right click on a layer, and choose a color in the pop-out window.  Or select multiple layers (select top layer, hold down Shift, select bottom layer) to color code all with just one click.


1. Create a blank document 7200 x 3600 pixels in size.  This document size will accommodate two 3600 x 3600 pixel pages side by side.

2. Go back to Page 1. It’s not required, but can be helpful to link your papers and elements before moving them. (Select all layers and click on the chain icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)  Move page 1 onto the new 7200 x 3600 document, positioning it on the left.

3. Do the same with Page 2, positioning it on the right.

4. Unlock all of the layers so you can move elements around as you like. (Select all layers, and click on the chain icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)

5. Move the elements around on your page until you achieve a cohesive, seamless look. All Norma had to do here was move one of the branches from page 1 to page 2. You can see this move reflected in the red-color-coded element (from page 1) that is now mixed in with the yellow-color-coded elements (from page 2).


6. Duplicate your new 2-page spread, and save the original in case you would like to make changes in the future.

7. Flatten the duplicated document.

8. We now need to divide the document in half, saving the left as Page 1 and the right as Page 2.  Use your favorite method to do so. Here are a few different ways:

  • Created a second copy of your flattened 7200 x 3600 pixel layout.  You will now have 2 copies of it.  Create a 3600 x 3600 pixel document (12 ” x 12″).  Drag the 2-page spread onto the document, aligning the left side of the 2-page spread with the left side of the blank document.  This will “cut off” the right side of the larger document.  Crop. Save.   Repeat (using the second flattened 7200 x 3600 pixel document), aligning the right sides to create Page 2.


  • Alternatively: Duplicate your flattened image. Drag a Guideline from the left into the center of the document. It will snap into place in the middle of your document.  (Be sure your “Snap To Guides” is set:  View > Snap To > Guides.) Select the Crop Tool. Depending upon which version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you are using, either move the crop lines to the Guide Lines or drag the crop tool across the area you would like to crop. Either way, the Crop tool should snap to the Guide Line, making it easy for you.  Once you have made your crop, save your page. Go to the duplicated document and repeat to create your second page.

You may have other page-splitting methods that work equally well; just choose your favorite method!

It’s a Snap, a collaboration between SnickerdoodleDesigns, ADBDesigns, and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes was created with the 2-page spread in mind.  How many times have you attended an event, gone on a photo shoot, or just snapped pictures in your yard, where you have come away with one spectacular shot, maybe 5-10 good shots, and then deleted the rest? I do that frequently. When that happens, I love creating 2-page spreads.  The spectacular photo gets highlighted on the 1st page, and the so-so photos that I can’t part with get highlighted on the 2nd page.   The It’s A Snap Kit and Extras are equally suitable for both traditional scrapping and pocket scrapping, but we have also included some pocket scrapping templates that make that opposing page 2 go together “in a snap!”

If you have not worked with 2-page spreads before, why not give it a try?

Here is a beautiful border, created for you by Charne (CT Member).  It can easily be incorporated into any page design, either traditional or pocket scrapping!

Just click on the image to download!

Need some ideas?  Review our tutorial on Stretching your Digi-Stash with Pre-Made Borders!


If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

If you are a visual learner, you can view this tutorial on SnickerdoodleDesigns YouTube Channel  and on theStudio’s YouTube Channel.

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Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!

Credit: I believe the kit used in my 1998 2-page spread was a combination of elements from different Lliella Design kits. Please correct me if I am wrong anyone? Back then, when I was scrapping for myself, I didn’t understand the importance of keeping Credit Notes.

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I fell in love with this kit the moment I saw it. Bright Outlook is a kit with such warm colours it makes me feel all cosy and safe and from that perspective I can see the world in a much more pleasant view. Bright Outlook by Laitha’s Designs is a timeless kit. It can be used over and over again for all sort of photo’s and events. Bright Outlook is a kit you must have!

Ik werd verliefd op deze kit op het moment dat ik het zag. Bright Outlook is een kit met heerlijke warme kleuren en het geeft me een gezellig en veilig gevoel en zo kan ik de wereld in een veel mooier perspectief zien. Bright Outlook van Laitha’s Designs is een tijdloze kit. Het kan keer op keer gebruikt worden voor allerlei foto’s en gebeurtenissen. Bright Outlook is een kit die je moet hebben!


Besides the kit there are some wonderful extras. Please take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er prachtige extra’s. Kijk maar eens  hieronder:



Of course there is a wonderful deal for you when you want to buy all these products. Just purchase the Bright Outlook – Full Collection Bundle which is currently on sale for over 50% off!

Natuurlijk is er een geweldige aanbieding als je al deze producten wilt kopen. Kies de Bright Outlook – Full Collection Bundle die momenteel in de aanbieding is met een korting van meer dan 50%!


I’ve made a quickpage for you with this amazing collection. Please enjoy!

Ik heb een quickpage voor jullie gemaakt met deze prachtige collectie. Veel plezier ermee!



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Everlasting Flower by Designs by Brigit

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Sharpen your Images with the High Pass Filter

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A Taste of Winter by Fanette Designs

by tammy 11 March 2015
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I’m so excited, Fanette Designs is going to be a permanent designer here at TheStudio!!!  Doing the Happy Dance!!! I’m showcasing her kit “A Taste of Winter” today.  It’s full of soft wintery colors that make you want to enjoy nature’s beauty in your own backyard.  Just take a look out at those soft snowflakes […]

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