**NOTE: To see how to start a scrapbook page from scratch, see The Basics of Creating a Layout tutorial.
1.) The first thing you want to do is to select your Shapes Tool from your tool palette as shown below:
2.) Now, look at the top of your screen and you will see all of your tool options. (If you do not see these, click on Window there at the top and make sure Options is checked by clicking on it.) In this case, you will want to choose the Ellipse Tool as shown below. Notice that it appears as an Oval shape. You will need to hold down your SHIFT key in order to draw a perfect circle. Same with the Rectangle tool. If you want a perfect square, just hold down your SHIFT key while drawing.
3.) Now, holding down your shift key, simply click anywhere on your layout and drag your mouse down diagnally.
4.) Now we can choose one of the papers we would like to use. Drag your paper onto your layout. Make sure your paper layer is positioned right above your shape layer on your layers palette. Hold down your ALT key and run your cursor over the line in between your paper layer and your shape layer. Your cursor should change in shape as shown below.
5.) Now, continuing to hold down your ALT key, simply click. This should "clip" your paper to your circle.
6.) Now you can add a drop shadow if you wish, but make it subtle. A thick shawdow will make it appear as if it's floating on the page and will appear unrealistic. I simple used the basic shadow located in my Styles menu. (If you do not see this anywhere, go to your top menu and choose Window and click on Styles to make them visable.) Make sure your SHAPE layer is active and click on Basic Shadow.
Here is what it should look like now. The shadow is so subtle, it simply looks like you cut the shape out of a piece of cardstock.
7.) Since we used the clipping mask feature, your shape is still editable. This way you can change the size of your shape. Simply click on your shape layer and then holding down your SHIFT key, drag one of the corners diagnally in or out depending on whether you want your shape larger or smaller.
8.) Now simply repeat these steps to make more circles. Use several papers... different colors and patterns to really make it pop. And that's it. Again... here is our completed layout:
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For my layout, I used:
Mango Berry and Lemon Ice papers from the QUENCH paper pack by TAYLORMADE DESIGNS
Orange Dotted paper from the ZIPPY HIPPY Collab Kit by PAISLEE PRESS + QUEEN OF QUIRK
Carefree word art sticker from Kinda Stuck Vol. 1 by TAYLORMADE DESIGNS
Frame from Mailing Label Frames Vol. 2 by PAISLEE PRESS + TAYLORMADE DESIGNS
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