I’m using Ali Edwards’s 12×12 overlay for almost all of my pages. The only time I’m not is when want to keep a photo’s original 4×6 proportion. For this page I increased the width of the photo to 8 inches, had it printed onto 8×8 paper, and then added a piece of glitter XOXO paper to the bottom. Behind that is a cream patterned paper, but it looks white because of my poor quality photo (sorry!).
Even though Ali has been putting her photos within the lined framework of her digital December Daily design, I’ve been using it as a photo overlay whenever I have a photo that I liked cropped as a square. It’s the easiest page ever.
- Crop the photo to 8×8
- Drag the 12×12 overlay onto the photo
- Click the Command (Control on a PC) +Apostrophe keys to show a grid for easy scaling of the overlay)
- Click Edit > Transform > Scale
- Click on a bounding box and drag it to size. I drag the corners to the first group of intersecting lines on the grid, which is a quarter inch into the page
- Click the Command + ‘ keys again to remove the grid.
- Rejoice in a page that took two minutes and move on!
Early on in the process I figured out that with the overlay scaled down to fit my 8×8 pages (sides and corners are a quarter inch away from the edges), then my photo space inside the main box is 7×5.8 inches. If my photo doesn’t work as a square, but doesn’t have to keep the 4×6 proportions either, I can use the overlay as the framework the way Ali does.
I scale the overlay, add my photo, and then add my journaling, printing it as one piece on photo paper.