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VIP Party Guest :: Lisette (and a free digital download)

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First up of our VIP party guests this weekend is Lisette. I love her elegant-but-not-too-formal style. Her projects are beautiful! The little sneak peek above can be seen in full with notes and tips here on her blog.

If you love her page, you’ll probably like the first free party download! It’s a digital template for creating that fabulous circle with the photo and the patterned paper. You can download it by clicking here. Now, most of the things for download this weekend will be .pdf files you can print without any special software, but this is a .psd file, which means you need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (You can download a free trial of of Photoshop Elements here if you would like to give it a try.) This file is a mask in three layers — a large circle for your background mat, a smaller circle for patterned paper and a partial circle for your photo.

If you’ve never worked with digital templates or masks before, this tutorial will show you step-by-step. The only difference is that the circular design has three layers, so you’ll repeat those steps an extra two times to finish the process. You can add a solid colour or a digital patterned paper to the bottom layer — it will become the outer photo mat. Then choose a digital paper for the middle layer — it will become the patterned paper that makes up the right side of the circle. Then add your photo to the top layer. Presto, just like Lisette’s design. What you’ll print looks like this, but obviously with the photo and paper of your choice:

The template is on an A4 sheet so you can easily run it through your printer on a sheet of A4 or 8.5×11 photo paper. Or make it smaller in the print settings and print it onto any size paper you like. Cut around the edge and create the rest of your layout with all the paper, flowers and embellishments you love.

Click here to download this free digital template.

Thanks Lisette for getting the inspiration started!


01 August 2009

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30 Comments for VIP Party Guest :: Lisette (and a free digital download)

  1. Lou Collins Says:

    Great tutorial, and I love that you have included every link we could possibly need! Will be trying this one out very soon! X

  2. Sue Bone Says:

    It’s my birthday and I’ve be given PSE 7. Just need to install and I’ll be ready to go. Need to find some pink digi papers to go with my photo.

  3. Irene Fitzpatrick Says:

    Great! I’ve just started using my PSE which I’ve had installed for ages.I’ve looked at some tutorials on 2 peas and Shabby Princess so will look at this one later today. Thank you Shimelle!

  4. Lou Collins Says:

    Oh no! I have already used a free trial of PSE so can’t download it again unless I am buying the full version! Can’t even see what these circle templates are like! Gutted!!!

  5. Lynn Says:

    Beautiful LO, will hopefully use the circle template this weekend :)

  6. Gez Says:

    Thanks for thinking of everything for us! Love that we can print out on a A4 printer. Gez.

  7. Scrappycarrie Says:

    Fabulous template. Love the fact that we can print it out on A4 and incorporate it with our scrapbooking stash.:)

  8. mabelm Says:

    Love that template, really useful that we can use for a A4 printers =)

    Thanks =)

  9. Irene Fitzpatrick Says:

    Have completed the tutorial and printed the result out. Fab!

  10. elinjanne Says:

    Thanks for the invitation.

    Loved the template from Lisette. Made a layout and it is up on my blog.


  11. Joy Says:

    I really need to get my head around PSE. My children have promised to teach me!

  12. Fiona Says:

    I managed to navigate round PSE7 after downloading the trial for the very first time, download digital images and complete the image thanks only to your walkthrough, I’d have had no clue where to start otherwise, thanks for opening my mind to new possiblilities!

  13. Annette Navarro Says:

    Beautiful Layout. I hope I downloaded correctly, will find out shortly.

  14. Nelle Says:

    That’s a beautiful layout! I’ve never tried digital before – will give it a go.

  15. Jo Says:

    was looking forward to having a go at this, managed to download PSE trial, the template and a digi kit and tried to follow shimelles tutorial but couldn’t as I didn’t have the option of create clipping masks in the layers menu when I right clicked, have looked at numerous ‘help’ sites and of no at all to me. So I’ll give up for now very disheartened indeed!!

  16. Tinkersdamn Says:

    That was hugely fun! I’m just starting to get the hang of PSE. Here’s my offering

  17. Nathalie Says:

    This design totally inspired me (but I used a regular old paper cutter). You can see my page HERE on flickr

  18. MarieP Says:

    Loved the template! I had so much fun creating this page and here it is:

  19. joyce Says:

    Here’s my entry for Challenge 3

  20. Adriana P. Says:

    What fun! Here is my layout:

  21. Beki Says:

    Here is my entry, really enjoyed doing this LO x

  22. Irene Fitzpatrick Says:

    Here’s my entry for Challenge 3. It’s on

  23. Lou Collins Says:

    Again, I thought I had added my link? Here it is…

    It is the Freedom LO XX

  24. Sue Bone Says:

    Here’s my attempt.

  25. Zahra Says:

    Had fun with this one (although out of my comfort zone with all the white space!); one I’ll definitely use again!

  26. Scrappycarrie Says:

    I did this one as a digital LO and it can be found at

  27. Hannah Feery Says:

    I know I’m WAY behind everyone else but I’ve finally finished my LO…was so inspired by Lisette’s lovely page!

  28. Gabriele Says:

    Thanks so much, not only for this download, but also for your inspiring website! I think, I will spend months looking on all the articles I unfortunately missed so far ;)
    Just wanted to mention: If someone doesn`t have Photoshop and does not want to buy it… all .psd files can also be handled with the GIMP, which is very similar to Photoshop, but a free programme… if it helps somebody… I would be really happy :)

    Greetings from Germany

  29. ugg shoe Says:

    Amazing! That was a whole lot of work for a single sentence. Good luck to both of you. She is one lucky woman. With all your effort for the question, you guys will last a lifetime. Lucky you and Sara.

  30. scrapper Says:

    Thanks so much for another terrific template – these are going to be so useful!

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