First, I added the background paper. I used Soft Flowers dsp in Basic Black and reduced the opacity to get the shade I wanted.
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Tonight I have just a quick tip for adding designer paper layers without distorting the pattern. This is the calendar page I created in honor of my parents upcoming 50th anniversary. I had 4 photos I wanted to use and none of the predesigned layouts were quite what I wanted, so I easily created my own.
I filled it with Script dsp in Basic Gray using the Paper Fill button. This allowed me to continue to tweak the size without distorting the paper pattern.
I then added the top photo box, resized it and copied it 2 times to get the exact same size boxes. To make sure they were in a straight line, I used the Arrange - Align - Center functions. It actually was quicker to do than explain it! There are so many helpful little features like this in the program that it is easy to make your pages look great with very little effort.
Tomorrow I have another nifty little trick to share.