Monday, October 1, 2012

MDS Monday: Altering Templates

Today's MDS Monday features a different way to use the templates that are included with MDS2+ or with some of the downloads. Templates are a fabulous way to make quick pages and albums, but  sometimes, you just want a different colors and elements than what is included in the template.  So that is what I am going to show you today.

First of all, to access the templates, you need to choose a size of projects.  For this example, I used a 12x12 project.  Then you want to click on Designer (which is the top choice):
The next screen will show you all the available templates in that size:
For this project, I chose the one from Sun Garden which is included with MDS2+, but you can choose any of them that you have.  Remember the album templates have several different templates included so if you click on them, you will see the pages in the preview window.  On the next screen you can choose which pages of the album templates you would like to use for this project.  Sun Garden only has a one page template so that is what I used.

When the template came up, I just added my pictures and text and this is what the page looked like:

Sun Garden 12x12 Template

The great thing about MDS is in about five minutes you can have a completed page just by using the templates.  But I wanted to change up the colors and papers on this project, just because the Sun Garden colors aren't my favorite.  But using the template for the layout is so much quicker than starting from scratch. So, I just went through and changed the colors, all the papers and most of the stamps and this is what I came up with:
Sun Garden 12x12 Template.  Digital Stamp Brushes: Cottage Garden.  Digital Accessories: Woodland Walk DSP.

These pictures are from my girlfriend trip to Lake Tahoe last spring.  These girls have been my best friends for about 30 years and we try to get together every few years for a weekend away from our families and just cry and laugh together.  They always remind me of that quote by Baz Luhrmann: "Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young." I hope you have friends like that too.


Yapha said...

Great tip! I love adjusting the templates! And I like your version of the page much better!

Cindy said...

Amazing how different the same layout looks! And I, too, like your version better.

Mickey Roberts said...

Love your version! Really sets off the special relationship you have with your friends. Congratulations on your long-standing friendships. They really are the most important.