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    • Place Your Greeting Over a Photo

      Design by Deb Berger

      Template: Quick Collage 313

      How she used it: Deb filled the large horizontal block with a pool photo, and split the two vertical spots with a photo and a solid color block.

      Make the card: The pool photo creates a theme background for Deb's invitation title. She mounted letter stickers on cardstock and popped them up with adhesive foam for half the title. Flower stickers with "when," "where," and "RSVP" written on them are a clever way to get the party details down.

       

      SOURCES: Stickers: Love, Elsie ("pool"); Piggy Tales ("party!"). Punch: Marvy Uchida. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 313.

    • Add Dimension to Your Photo Collage Card

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Template: Quick Collage 305

      How she used it: Michelle alternated filling the template blocks with digital elements and photos of her niece.

      Make the card: After completing the collage, Michelle printed out two copies. She matted the first with cardstock and adhered it to the card base, then trimmed the photos from the second copy and used adhesive foam to place them over the first print.

       

      SOURCES: Font: Sketch Rockwell. Photo paper: Epson. Adhesive: 3L Scrapbook Adhesives. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. Digital Elements: Sprinkles Cupcake Celebration kit by Jen Allyson. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 305.

    • Fill Your Collage with Individual and Group Photos

      Design by Maria Schwamman

      Template: Quick Collage 311

      How she used it: Maria filled the large horizontal block with a group photo, leaving the smaller vertical blocks for individual portraits.

      Make the card: A stamped clock accented with a photo-turn-and-brad combo adds a fun embellishment to Maria's tailgating card. She mixed letter stickers and pieces of patterned paper for a colorful, festive greeting.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Archiver's. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (rainbow), Sassafras (scallop). Stickers: American Crafts ("time*"), Adornit-Carolee's Creations ("tailgate"). Brad, photo turns: American Crafts. Stamp: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 311.

    • Print Digital Collages Before Embellishing

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Template: Quick Collage 302

      How she used it: Candi filled the two largest blocks with photos and used the six smaller blocks for her title.

      Make the card: Candi mixed shades of green to create a background for her title letters. Once the collage was finished, she printed the card out and added an embellishment to give the card dimension.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: High Tide, Wedding Day by Two Peas in a Bucket. Brads: Chatterbox. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 302. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0

    • Fill a Collage Block with Solid Color

      Design by Brittany Hopkins

      Template: Quick Collage 308

      How she used it: Two photos and a solid color fill the template blocks on Brittany's Mother's Day card.

      Make the card: Brittany printed her collage, added a greeting, and embellished it with a flower and brad.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers, brad: Making Memories. Flower: Prima Marketing, Inc. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 308. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.

    • Use A Collage Block to Display Your Card's Greeting

      Design by Erin Clarkson

      Template: Quick Collage 304

      How she used it: Erin filled the background of the template with a festive shade of green, then alternated filling the blocks with digital paper and black-and-white photos of her daughter.

      Make the card: Erin saved one template block to fill with a solid color and her greeting. She mixed and matched fonts for an eye-catching type treatment that ties together the card's color scheme.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Digital elements: HAD-BerryMerryKit by Heather Ann Designs. Fonts: SP Purkage ("very'), American Typewriter ("wishing you a"), Bebas ("Merry Christmas," dots) off the Internet. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 304.

    • Use Traditional Elements to Add Dimension to Printed Photo Collages

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Template: Quick Collage 305

      How she used it: Inspired by the twelve openings in the collage, Michelle chose a favorite photo from each month and created a year-in-review collage card.

      Make the card: Before printing her card, Michelle added translucent numbers over the photos on the right side of her card. She filled in the background with a solid blue, and printed. A greeting attached with adhesive foam stands out against the background and adds dimension to an otherwise flat card.

    • Fill a Collage with Photos and Digital Elements

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Template: Quick Collage 301

      How she used it: Candi alternated filling the collage template blocks with photos and digital elements to create a cute invitation to her daughter's birthday party.

      Make the card: Digital patterned paper adds a bit of color to the collage. Candi embellished the top left block with felt elements showing her daughter's age and love for her favorite musician, and used the lower right-hand block to display the party details.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital elements: Curled Journal Spots (stapled journaling box) by Katie Pertiet; Felties Alpha Essentials ("6"), Snippets Felties Heart Collection (heart), Garden Party Kit Essential (patterned paper) by Gina Cabrera; ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 301 (template). Fonts: Kathleenie Font (script), Tweed (print), TW Cen MT ("Adults: bring earplugs").

    • Create a Collage Card Using Only Digital Elements

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Template: Quick Collage 306

      How she used it: Instead of filling the collage with photos, Michelle turned to digital elements for an elegant Mother's Day card.

      Make the card: After printing her collage on matte photo paper, Michelle adhered it to the card base. Ribbon and a scalloped edge provide a simple yet sophisticated accent.

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      Add a Ribbon Border to Your Photo Collage Card

      Design by Brittany Hopkins

      Template: Quick Collage 307

      How she used it: Brittany filled each of the three template blocks with a photo of her parents through the years for this card celebrating their 25th anniversary.

      Make the card: Simple embellishments keep the focus on the photos. Brittany accented her collage with ribbon and a chipboard accent.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Close To My Heart. Patterned paper, ribbon: Cosmo Cricket. Chipboard accent: Maya Road. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 307. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.

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      Round the Corners of Your Printed Collage

      Design by Deb Berger

      Template: Quick Collage 315

      How she used it: Deb scanned in two childhood photos of her mom and used them to fill half the collage blocks. A more recent snapshot fills the lower horizontal block, and Deb filled the middle block and background with a creamy yellow color and added a text block with her greeting.

      Make the card: Deb rounded the corners of her collage before adhering it to the card base. Three rub-on flowers accent the greeting, and a ribbon bow adds a girly touch to this sweet Mother's Day card.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 315.

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      Embellish the Collage with Text Treatments

      Design by Kim Crothers

      Template: Quick Collage 308

      How she used it: Kim changed the background from transparent to white, and filled the middle block with a black-and-white photo of her mother and children.

      Make the card: Digital patterned paper fills the top and bottom locks on Kim's template. Since the card is digital, she relied on text treatments to embellish it, mixing four fonts for this birthday greeting.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Digital elements: Sun Shiny Day by Laura Ping (paper, flower), ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 308 (template). Fonts: Minya Nouvelle, Scrap Cursive, Times, LD Letterpress.

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      Rotate the Collage Template to Fit Your Photos

      Design by Brittany Hopkins

      Template: Quick Collage 309

      How she used it: Brittany rotated the vertical collage 90 degrees to fit her horizontal photos, and left one block empty for traditional elements.

      Make the card: Patterned paper trimmed to the size of the collage block makes a tone-on-tone background for the simple sticker and rub-on greeting.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Archivers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Black River Designs. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 309. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.

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      Fill a Collage Block with Digital Patterned Paper

      Design by Erin Clarkson

      Template: Quick Collage 303

      How she used it: Three black-and-white photos fill the square template blocks. Erin used digital patterned paper to fill the horizontal block, choosing a pattern that stands out against the grungy edge.

      Make the card: Erin chose a cardstock card base that coordinates with both her digital patterned paper and the background color of her collage. A chipboard heart and piece of velvet ribbon give the finished birthday invitation polish.

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      Fill in a Collage Block with Invitation Details

      Design by Maria Schwamman

      Template: Quick Collage 310

      How she used it: Maria filled three blocks with photos but used a solid background and colorful text for the fourth.

      Make the card: The printed collage pops against the red cardstock background. Maria selected flowers that coordinated with her collage and secured them to the party invitation with a silver brad.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Archivers. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc. Brad: Making Memories. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 310. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.

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      Fill Photo Collage with Photos Taken Throughout the Year

      Design by Deb Berger

      Template: Quick Collage 314

      How she used it: Five photos taken throughout the year fill most of the blocks on Deb's photo collage.

      Make the card: After printing her photo collage, Deb centered it on the patterned-paper card base. She added rub-ons to red cardstock and popped them up from the collage with adhesive foam.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: October Afternoon. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 314.

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      Embellish with Dingbats

      Design by Erin Clarkson

      Template: Quick Collage 312

      How she used it: Instead of finding photos to fill the narrow blocks on the template, Erin used digital supplies to create a colorful thank you card.

      Make the card: Erin colored the background of the collage pink, then filled each block wtih digital paper in coordinating colors. She typed the greeting in a text block placed over the yellow paper, and used dingbat hearts to create her multicolor embellishments.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Digital elements: Emerson kit (paper) by Scrap Within Reach; ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 312 (template). Font: Fabianestem ("thank you"), SP Sweetie Pie (hearts) off the Internet.

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      Embellish with Type

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Template: Quick Collage 301

      How she used it: Michelle filled the background with a pink hue that complements her photos. She kept the rest of the card simple, with the only embellishments coming from a spirited type treatment.

      Make the card: Looking for an easy embellishment? Turn to dingbats. Michelle used dingbat ornaments from a font downloaded off the Internet to set off her greeting.

       

      SOURCES: Fonts: Tis the Season (dingbats), Peppermint ("Happy Holidays") by Two Peas in a Bucket.

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