Using templates is a fool-proof path to great design. As with quick pages, there are easy ways to make them your own. Think of templates as a launch point and let your creativity run from there. Here are Simple Scrapper’s best reasons to use templates and let them work for YOU. Click on the layouts for full credits and don’t forget to check out the freebie and giveaway announcements at the end.

Bring perfect balance to your layout
White space layouts are often favorites due to their eye-catching design. But if you don’t have a great eye for what looks good, templates are a great way to get it right from the start. Use them for general placement and then burst out to create a page that is truly your own.

Streamline your clipping
We all love using little strips and blocks of paper, but it can be time consuming to create the shape and then clip to it. Start with foundational template pieces to get a head start on a great layout. Then build around it.

Create your own monthly desktop
While they are many beautiful quick page desktops, why not totally personalize it by starting with a great template and adding a calendar.

Find fun new shapes
Get out of the box, literally by finding templates with unique shapes, like flowers and torn paper. Don’t forget you can even drag and drop these layers to your next layout!

Promote what you believe in
Scrapping is both about memory keeping and art. Take that art to the next level by giving your layouts a promotional/persuasive spin.

Set your Project 365 scrapping on cruise control
With a great multi-photo template, you can get a head start on capturing daily life in a simple, compact way.

A freebie template for you
To test out these new ideas, we have an exclusive new template just for you! Tell us what you think of it by leaving some love in the comments.

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