the grand slam

It’s that time of year. Baseball season is in full swing (no pun intended) as indicated by the baseball games I kept flipping through on Saturday.

I miss watching my husband play. Our first few years of marriage were spent at the ballpark as he played both fast- and slow-pitch softball and even played Roy Hobbs–baseball for men over 30. He would have gone to a Roy Hobbs World Series had I not been pregnant and due right about the same time. It was so fun to watch him pitch a game. He’s got quite an arm and is pretty amazing . . . if I do say so myself. ;)

So in honor of the ol’ ball game, I’m having a Grand Slam day . . . not to be confused with Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast. There’s no bacon and pancakes here. (mmmmm….paaaancaaaakes….)

This Grand Slam is all about the storyboard templates though . . . so here we go!

On First Base
We have “The Page”.

Okay, note to self, don’t wait so long between scrapping. Oy! It takes so much to get back in the groove to make something. And with this page? I tried stepping out of my “all cardstock” box that I loooove doing so much. I think that threw me for a loop too. I’m used to things having a cleaner look. ;)

I used two templates for the photo collages here. I looooove photo collages. I love telling a story with many pictures and keeping them the focus (which is why I love cardstock usually ;)).



And not only did I use the templates, believe it or not, I used shapes and images from SIX different kits!

You know, even if you aren’t into making the This & That trays, there are usually around 20 images in those kits that can be used for anything!

Look at the telegram image below here. I printed it onto some 7gypsies patterned paper so that it looks even more authentic, right down to the distressing and watermark!




Now, with this event I had a plethora of photos to use, but didn’t want to spend all my time making pages for them. So I trimmed an 8.5×11″ page protector to 4.5″ wide and used some Heidi Swapp tape to adhere the open edge closed. The tape went perfectly with the spread. With this little insert, I was able to add eight more photos (front+back).

So in the end, this is what the spread looks like.



One other tip I’d like to share here is the beauty that is Photoshop Actions! And they do make PSE versions as well. Basically, an ‘action’ is a recording of keystrokes or steps so that you can get the same result every time via a push of a button so that you don’t have to go through all the steps yourself each time.

I downloaded some free Actions from The Pioneer Woman some time ago and loooove what they can do! (I also use Totally Rad Actions as well.) On these vintage photos I used actions called Soft & Faded, Seventies, and Quick Edge Burn. I highly recommend downloading these actions to see what you can do with them! You can find them HERE. Although, for PSE, getting all the actions isn’t quite as easy, but you can read about how to get them from The Pioneer Woman HERE.

On Second Base
We have “The Photo Template”.

Now, if you’re looking at that page on the right and thinkin’ to yourself, I don’t recognize that template . . . well, you’d be right! This is a brand new template that I am giving away as a free download until Wednesday only. It’s kind of like “bat day” at the ball park. ;) After Wednesday it will find its way into a template kit as a little bonus that you will have purchase.

Alas, Wednesday is now over. Sorry if you missed your chance to download this for free, but it will make an appearance in another kit down the road.


And you need to go check out what Nichol Magouirk did with one of the storyboard templates from the Storyboard #2 kit. FAAABuolous!!! Genius!

On Third Base
We have “The Video”.

I’m still in the process of getting my real copy of Photoshop Elements (I had a trial version), but the steps behind this are all the same between PS and PSE and Mac vs. PC with one exception. PSE has a bin at the bottom that shows all your open windows (see images below). I can’t guarantee the differences between versions though–although again, I think they’d be basically the same process. I’m using CS5 and the screenshots below are PSE8.

Also, I set up my palettes on the left as opposed to on the right, like the default. I like not having to move across the screen to use the Toolbar and the Palettes. Everything is pretty much on the left and that makes more sense to me.

Okay, I’m not sure why this video stretched after uploading, but it is. I’ll figure it out and repost it, but for now, it will get the job done–just everyone will look a little wider. ;) I’m new to this whole thing, so please forgive my noviceness (yeah, it’s a word).


I have some screen shots that I took before my trial version of PSE ran out so you can see a little better visually about what’s going on.

Open a template and the photos you’ll need. Look at the bottom and you can see all the files I have opened.


With the template showing in your open window, click on the photo down in the bin and drag it up onto the template.


Look at the Layers Palette on the right in the example above and the example below. Notice how I moved the photo so that it sits just above the layer where I want to clip the image to. Hover your mouse between those two layers in the Layers palette, press Alt then click your mouse, and your image is now residing in that square. Resize as needed.


And the homerun hitter up to bat . . . 
We have “The Giveaway”.

I’m giving away one storyboard template 
of your choice to FIVE different people! 

Just leave a comment about your favorite spring thing to do and I will draw a winner on Wednesday.
So tell all your friends to come get a free storyboard template, watch a little video on how to use them and enter to win a storyboard template of your choice! It all ends Wednesday  though, so don’t miss out! 
[this contest is now closed]

On another note, if you didn’t notice Wednesday through Friday last week, Blogger was having issues. No posting. No comments. They even lost 30 hours worth of posts and comments. So my Wednesday post disappeared for a bit and I think comments were lost–but they did get the post restored. So frustrating because you can’t even blog about Blogger being down. lol Hopefully all is well now.

2017-09-27T16:50:29+00:00May 16th, 2011|pages, photo templates, tips and tricks, video tutorials|60 Comments


  1. nancyb May 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I totally love your stuff and find the storyboards inspiring for hybrid scrapping. Believe it or not, I'd have to purging and organizing.

  2. barnscrapper May 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    You are so awesome and talented not to mention generous! I love templetes and use the frequently. Yours are just fab! I love sitting on my back porch on a beautiful sunny day in spring and reading. I can't do this in the summer, because it gets much to hot and humid where I live. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Lynne May 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I really love that page and how you combined all the elements!!

    My favorite spring activity is actually baseball. My two kids play, we go to the minor league team games here in town and drive to Denver for the Rockies games. We love baseball in our family!

  4. May 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks Kerri! I love what I have purchased from you so far!… more to come!
    Thanks for your generosity!

    My favorite spring activity if flower watching!

  5. Rhadonda May 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Yes missed you when blogger was down. Love the long post, sweetness. Love all your stuff as you know from my pay pal account. Favorite spring thing? Love sitting in the warm sunshine and cool breeze and reading (and planting flowers). Thanks so much for the generosity. Play ball!!

  6. dlhfks May 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    What a treat!! Thanks for the free storyboard. I am off to give it a try, and then come back to buy more.

  7. dawnelaine May 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    So great to see one of your layouts again, Kerri! Love how you used elements from different kits. And thanks for the video – I will have to study it – SERIOUSLY "study it"!

    What I love to do in spring is plant flowers and vegetables and watch them bud and bloom!

  8. Lara May 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for the freebie and the video that is so cool! Love your files they are so great. I like to head to the ball park and soccer fields and watch my kids play ball!

  9. janel May 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    My favorite spring activity is planting flowers. They always cheer me up after the long winter. Love all your templates, Kerri! And now I'm hungry for a ballpark hot dog and some nachos! :)

  10. Scrapthat May 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    That IS a GRAND SLAM of a LO!! I love it! TFS
    My favorite spring thing is just getting my little gal out for walks and to play!

  11. Andrea May 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I love all of the things you design and I would love a free storyboard! :)

  12. Kathy (krolski) May 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I love your LO and love the kits I've bought! Thanks! Can't wait to try this photo collage template in PSE. My fav spring thing is to enjoy the sun. I love sunshine! :)

  13. Cutiephinphin May 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My fav spring thing is to feel sunshine and watch the trees and flowers budding & blooming and squirrels hopping from tree to tree for food.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. carilackner May 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the free storyboard and the video. I bought one of the kits and haven't had the chance to play with it and figure it out in PSE. I will be checking out that video.

    I just love being able to be outside in the spring. I can't wait to be able to eat our meals on our new patio and just enjoy the weather!

  15. Charlene May 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Love your storyboard.

    My favorite Spring thing is to take photos of all the Spring blossoms–definitely my favorite season.

  16. Karen May 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I'm so glad just to be outside when spring finally comes! Finding your blog and fabulous designs was a stroke of great luck. I'm on vacation now, but I have oodles pf photos for one (or more) of your story boards. Thanks for the great frebie!

  17. Issy May 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for the Freebie Photo Storyboard Kerri! Yes, I tried to add a comment last week when I saw your extra kit, but blogger went down as I was doing it, and I couldn't get it back for days! Thought that I'd managed to "break it" from way over here! LOL! My Spring Doings…. I'm out admiring my pergola full of beautiful Wisteria, which sets off my clump of blue Himalayan Poppy – Awesome! Yep I've sprung into gardening mode. THIS is the best time to visit my country…Where are you, girlfriend? Love from Scotland xo

  18. Karen Darmanie May 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Favorite spring thing to do… outside with my kids, playing in the sun.
    Love your work Kerri !!!
    Karen D.

  19. luvmysilhouette May 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Kerri, Your LO is just Stunning… Thanks so much for the freebie I am about to get the hang of it finally lol The video was great too…You Know how much I love Kerri Bradford Designs…
    I just love to open the windows and feel the fresh air come through the house in Spring…
    Thanks so much for the chance to win…xoxoxo

  20. Jeremy & Amanda Butt May 17, 2011 at 1:08 am

    My favorite thing to do in the spring is cook out on the bbq. Yes I do it all year long, even when it's snowing…but there is just something special about doing it in the spring that makes it exciting!

  21. Lara May 17, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Hi Kerri! Thanks for the Freebie!

    With Spring comes the reinstatement of our evening baseball game with my husband and three little girls. It feels so good to get outside and stretch those legs. Having three little girls sleep well at night from all the activity is wonderful too! :)

  22. Sandi May 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I am SO excited!!! A video to help me with something that seems more like a foreign language than anything else!
    Spring? I think FL forgot it this year, but so far my favorite thing is our new solar heater for the pool. Water is fabulous for swimming laps! Oh yeah, and corn on the cob, and watermelon. Both are really sweet this year.

  23. Jewel May 17, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I love your layout! My favorite thing to do in the Spring is to watch my son play baseball and daughter play softball. I love it to be outside now that Spring has finally arrived and watch my kids play a sport they enjoy.

  24. Mollie May 17, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Beautiful layout! I agree that it's really hard to start back up after not scrapping for a while. Also, thanks for the template. I took the most adorable pictures of my girls at the park the other day (which happens to be our favorite spring time activity). The pics will look fabulous with the template:o)

  25. tallyscrapper May 17, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Kerri, that layout is beautiful. I meant to comment on the pictures that you took of Jordan and her friends for prom (was super busy that week). Love all the pictures with the old cars and Jordan looked so pretty. Talking about baseball, we love it. Our son plays college baseball, we have watched a lot of games to get him to this level. Thank you for the opportunity for giveaway.

  26. Andrea May 17, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Hi Kerri!

    I *love* your work and can't wait to start using some of your layouts! I'm new to digital crafting and your style of things really fits with what appeals to me. So…thanks for today's freebie.

    Oh…my favorite spring thing to do? Well…this year it's getting married!! 12 more days to go until I become a Mrs.

    I can't wait to start capturing our wedding memories with the help of digital crafting.

    Thanks again for your beautiful designs…I look forward to all your new posts.


  27. Kate aka stinkydudette May 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Love this post, and thanks for the giveaway!

    Unfortunately, Winter's approaching on this side of the world. But I'm definitely looking forward to warmer temperatures and walking barefoot!

  28. Debbie C May 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for the freebie! I love your photo templates, life is so much easier. And your idea of cutting the page protector – Genius!
    I love seeing the spring flowers popping out of the ground. Right now a field of purple Iris is blooming! Yum.

  29. Stephanie May 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Thanks so much for the free storyboard template Kerri!
    And I love the layout you created with it!
    My fav spring activity is definitely sitting outside on my swing. The day it gets brought out of the shed is one of the happiest days of the year! :-)

  30. Mindy May 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Love the new storyboard template! Thanks for the video, can never have too much information. I have really enjoyed using your storyboards! Thanks again!

  31. Stephanne May 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I just downloaded my first storyboard template last night–thank YOU, by the way! I'm using it for an 8×8 photo book because…ugh…those Shutterfly templates leave much to be desired!

    Anyhoo… now I'm kinda sorta addicted to the whole clip mask thing and the chance to win another template set? Holla!!

    You rock, Kerri Bradford. You rock.

  32. Susan May 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    My favorite spring activities are watching my daughter play softball and inhaling the wonderful but short-lived aroma of our lilacs in bloom. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  33. Kim May 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Kerri. I love the layout you did for your daughters prom and I love the "extra" photos you added in the page protector. My favorite spring activity is spending time at the park and having picnics. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  34. Vicki May 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    My favorite spring activity is planting flowers in the garden!! talk to me in July and I will tell you I hate the garden! lol but spring time its wonderfullllllllll!!
    I have been dying to try one of your storyboards! thanks for the chance to win!

  35. vegetablog May 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you so much for the template (I downloaded it yesterday)! I'm excited to use it :)

    I LOVE planting a vegetable garden in the spring– it means that the warm weather is really and truly here to stay! (in fact, I just planted mine outside today :))


  36. caroline May 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Oy! I could just kiss you through the computer right now! I don't know what I was doing wrong with the story boards before, but the video was soooo much easier to follow and now I'm doing it! Yay!! (Why is learning anything new in photoshop like wrestling an alligator??)

    As for the giveaway… I live in the primary snowbelt in Ohio, right on Lake Erie, so my primary favorite things to do in spring seem silly: not waddling when I walk outside, not having to put on 14 layers to walk to the mailbox, not having to pray the entire drive to work. But sleeping with the windows open (even when they're just cracked), and visiting the lake are my favorite fun things.

    Thanks again for the video, that made all the difference in the world.

  37. kbhistory May 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Ahhh spring! I absolutely love watching the plants and flowers in my garden poke up their fledgling spikes. So fun. Rather crazy how much joy I get from watching them "grow up."
    Thanks for the great opportunity!
    -Kristin B.

  38. Judy May 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    My favorite thing about spring is that the Earth just seems to "wake up," however, it causes me such miseries (allergies).

  39. Vera W. Yates (Ling) May 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    These templates are so much fun! My favorite thing to do in the spring is to sit outside on my backyard and enjoying the weather with my puppies. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Heather Crawford May 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    One of my most favorite things in Spring is being at the ballfield with my kids..softball and baseball..and the smell of that fresh cut grass! Brings back good memories :)

  41. Anonymous May 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    One of my most favorite things to do in spring is watch my two sons play soccer. They both love the sport and playing it puts smiles on their faces for the entire season! Thanks for the giveaway – I love your templates! RT in GA

  42. Anonymous May 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Kerri,

    Thanks for the chance to win! I have some of your templates already so the video was informative and fun. My favorate thing to do in the spring is my husband's least favorate thing. lol. I love to go to all the Communion and Graduation parties. Its the first time of the new year where you can shed your black and wear something ruffles and flowers (yes I am a girly girl) I love seeing my friends and family and especially to see those cute little second gradrs all dresses up in their finest. Graduations are a time for parents and young people to be proud. Its a time of new beginnings. PS my husband doesn't like going becasue he seldom gets a day without a tie and an agenda. He would rather veg out at home.:)

  43. Anonymous May 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    ooh.. love a good freebie! Thank you! Hmm… one of my favorite things to do in the spring would be de-winterizing the motorhome & boat. A sign for sure that summer is just around the corner. :)

  44. Roshni's Paper Trail May 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Staying indoors with horrible allergies, I hate being out!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Mel May 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I love to plant my new plants every spring, and get ready to enjoy the blooms!

  46. Amy May 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite spring time activity is to plant a garden for for yummy summer veggies!

  47. Deneen May 18, 2011 at 12:21 am

    My favorite thing to do in spring is to be able to open the windows and air out the house that has been closed all winter long LOL and I enjoy planning birthday parties for my twins who have a spring birthday!

  48. Ellie A. May 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Ok 1st off I already SUPER love this post because I am a Baseball mama so this just made me squeal for me Spring means just that- Little League Baseball & cheering on my sweet boys as they do what they love. Nothing like it. YAY for Spring. Thanks for the chance!

  49. Melanie and Doug May 18, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Some of my favorite things about spring are finally seeing some sunshine and enjoying the beautiful tulips. I love your work and now love using your clipping masks. Thanks for the video.

  50. scruzfam4 May 18, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I love going for walks in the Spring….just getting out and enjoying the weather. Thanks so much for the freebie and tutorial.

  51. Lynsey May 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Plant veggies in our raised beds. so gratifying to then collect veggies from the garden later in the year.

  52. debkelley May 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    We have long winters, so just getting outdoors for any reason is great. I love watching things start to come alive and bloom.
    Love your stuff, Kerri – thanks for the storyboard and video!

  53. Amy13 May 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    This is probably the most corny thing anyone will say…but my favorite thing in Spring is to smell the lilacs.

  54. Anonymous May 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the chance to win! I'd have to say my favorite thing to do in the spring is a tie between baseball and going yard work! I love the smell/ look of freshly mown grass and planted flowers and who doesn't love concession stand food at the baseball field. By summer I'm tired of both! Lol
    Amy Moore

  55. Jennifer S. May 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    My favorite spring thing is baseball and spring training! Now that my little guy is old enough to play tball, it has been a fantastic spring!

  56. Christi May 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    my favorite thing to do in spring is to wear sandals and capris! I'm so tired of boots, socks and wool pants. :(

  57. sneakers3575 May 19, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Love going to the greenhouse for flowers and plants for outside. Just wish it would stop raining here in Ohio. Thanks for the give away!

  58. kathy May 19, 2011 at 2:00 am

    my favorite spring activity…..watching the birds around our home..seeing new animals and the sweet smell of fresh grass!

    thanks for this chance!

  59. Cheryl D May 19, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I love watching all of the colorful birds that have arrived now that winter has passed. Bluebirds, indigo buntings, baltimore orioles, goldfinches, grosbeaks, cardinals……. Here in Ohio, spring is our reward for getting through dreary, gray winters.

  60. Julie May 19, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Your layout is beautiful!!!

    Favorite thing about spring is being able to wear capris and enjoy spending time outdoors with the kids…it has been a long winter in Minnesota!


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