We've been to Disney about 45 times, so trying to figure out new layouts is difficult. I've resorted to just blatantly copying other's work. This one is straight out of Memory Makers March 2007 issue, page 50. The original layout is by Debbie Hodge.
Kits all found on Scrapgirls includes "Basic Tones", "Gypsy Queen", "Art Journal", "Urban", "Graph X", "Simple Things", "Spring Fever", "Play Time Big" and "Commotion". Also I used an edge from "Torn Edges". The top title is made from randomly choosing fonts, but the main font on the LO is DSP Pat. There are a few embellishments from another site. These are by Meryl Bartho, and Lauren Bavin.
Technique #1: Shadows are always a challenge when the edges of two layers are really close. If one shades each layer separately, then once they are stacked, there's an unnatural darkness to the shadow. But if one waits to shade the two layers after they're stacked, then the dimension of the two layers is lost. One way to solve this problem is to do a drop shadow to the top layer which covers only the part where the two layers will overlap. If there is any shadow which isn't overlapping, cut it out at this point. Then lock the two layers together and apply a soft shadow to them as a whole. An example of this technique can be found on the two left hand photos which are overlapping a piece of notebook paper.
Technique #2: Inking edges of photos (or embellishments) is time consuming but worth the effort. Try an artist brush either free hand or via the edges option. Make sure the "ink" and the photo is then locked together. Crop back to the outline of the original photo, thus giving the appearance you held up and inked the edges of your photo. Lastly, apply your shadow.
Technique #3: Making two page layouts is always difficult to match up when the print process begins. If you have enough memory, try making your original layout 12" x 24". Make sure that little area in the middle at the 12" mark doesn't have anything important if you send your LOs to a publisher to print. After finishing the 12" x 24" layout, flatten all objects to free up some memory. Then open up a new page that is 12" x 12". Slide in your big layout. Line up the left edge and save it to a jpeg file. Then, using only the left arrow button, scoot the layout so that the right edge is aligned and save it to another jpeg file. Now you have each 12 x 12 page, the left side and the right side of a book, which will line up perfectly when printed.
Software: Microsoft Digital Image