Streamlined Power Palette Layout Class
By Pam Winn, Director, Portland, OR
Here are some simple steps to maximizing your Power Layouts
using the new Power Palettes. Learn a simple technique to
maximize your number of completed pages while simplifying the
process. All you need to bring or order are: a Power Palette of your
choice (please order at least 2 weeks before your class and choose
from Earthy, Jewel, Pastel, Primary or Romance), and Palette
Additions or Kits that may have papers and embellishments to go with
the events in your photos (you can talk to me about the options), the Power Layout kit, plus one set of refill
pages, and a Photo Labeling Pencil. You will also need your 12” trimmer, personal trimmer, custom cutting
system (if you want circles or oval photos on your page). ABCs may also be used, but your Power Palette also
comes with Title stickers. Your fee for this 4 hour class is just $10 and our goal is to layout 30, yes 30! pages.
Your pre-class prep is simple. Come with 150 photos already sorted in the order that they are going into your
album. This is mandatory, and will optimize the number of pages that you complete. If you can’t bring 150
photos already sorted, let’s reschedule your class until you have time to do this first step. Also bring any
memorabilia that goes with the photos, if it is going into the album. So, your only pre-class assignment is to
get your 150 photos sorted with any memorabilia that goes with it.
Once at the class we will proceed with the following steps: Do not do these following steps until you come to
1. If you are starting at the beginning of an album, lay out a refill page in your color choice (White, Natural
Spargo or Black) for your Title Page. Leave a tiny space. Next, place a Power Layout Guide on the left
side and then beside it place a Refill Page. Keep going with a Power Layout Guide on the left side and
a Refill page on the right side, all across the table space. (You are using the pages so that they are in the
right place to adhere the photos to, then you will turn the page over and you will have the backside up so
you will take the photos off of the Guide and adhere those photos to the backside of the refill page - .
this saves a few minutes on each page during the adhering phase of Power Layouts.) IF you are starting
out in the middle of your album, you should lay out the last completed page of your album and start on
the next page, then continue to lay out the guides so that they are on the left side next to a refill page on
the right side. Always leave a tiny space between each two page spread….
2. On the drawing, the white square represents the Guide and the gray square a Refill Page.
3. Next, go down the pages and place about 4-6 photos onto each Guide
and each Refill Page. (Important Pre-class Homework!!! Again, photos should be in chronological
order before coming to the class). Spread out the photos on the guides and the refill pages.
4. Take your Custom Cutting System mat and blades, and your OVALS or CIRCLES (choose just one
shape for this first class, please) along with a Photo Labeling pencil and put it on your table. Go down
the rows of pages and pick 0, 1, 2, or 3 ovals or circles to cut for each 2 page spread. Again, at this first
Power Layout class you are allowed just one shape, although in the future you may choose more. Look
for the natural oval or circle shape in your photos and learn how to start to recognize natural ovals (our
contemporary photos are in rectangle shapes, so the oval shape is the easiest shape to use). Remember,
cut only 0, 1, 2, or 3 ovals or circles per 2 page spread. When you cut an oval (or circle), use the Photo
Labeling pencil and write on the back of the photo the size that you cut. I will teach you a quick
numbering system at the class, one that you will use from now on to save you time. For instance, 4R
means you used the smallest oval with the red blade. 4IR means you used the smallest oval on the inside
track with the red blade. This will make it easier for you to know what CCS pattern and blade to use
when you go to matte that photo. The smallest circle pattern is #1, middle circle #2, largest #3.
Smallest oval is #4, then #5, #6 and the largest oval is #7. I = Inside Track… use B for Blue Blade, G
for Green Blade and R for Red blade. Once the ovals are cut, go to step 5.
5. Take your Personal Trimmer and go down the rows of pages and cut away any parts of the photo that
need to be trimmed, but try to leave at least 3 or more photos full size on the two-page spread. Be
sure to cut your shapes (ovals) BEFORE you crop your photos with the Personal Trimmer.
6. Next, go down the row of pages and corner round if desired.
7. Go back and move the photos on the page into the Line of Vision layout. Remember, no trapped white
space if you can help it. Add a journal box to the page, so move the photos together, (also called
centering) so that at least one journal box or paragraph fits on the two page spread, if you are going to
journal on these pages
8. Now it is time to add color and background to your pages. We will be using the To the Left method
which saves paper and time, but produces beautiful, colorful pages that I think you will love. This is a
fast method that uses your Power Palette contents, and you will get at least 2 pages out of every sheet of
paper instead of just one (as in wallpapering your entire page with one piece of paper). It is fine to
wallpaper when it is the start of an album, a start of a new event or season, or when you want to really
lay down a lot of color behind a set of photos. But at this class, I will show you the technique that
doubles that piece of paper and produces pages that are equally colorful and attractive. By the end of
this class you will have this technique in your repertoire of ways to enhance a page and again, it is
FAST. You will also learn how to pick your colors for each page and keep a two page spread looking
coordinated, clean and classic… How many colors do you use on a page?? Relax… you’ll learn that at
the class and with the Power Palette it is all coordinated and easy. And, you’ll learn how fast the
storybox mats can help you complete a page. (You will also learn how to get double use out of the same
storybox mat!). We hope to get 30 pages laid out during this phase of the class.
9. If there is time, you will start adhering your pages down. If no time is left to adhere things down, you
will stack your power layout guides and pages into the Power Layout box starting with the LAST
page… (Page 30 or what ever number is the last page) and then the second to last page, all the way up to
page #1). DO NOT TIP THE BOX. If your box is half empty or so put a set of refill pages in the box to
hold the pages down or use the rest of your power palette papers on top to again hold the pages in place
until you get home.
10. After all pages are adhered, add ABC titles and enhancements and do the journaling.
11. Add page protectors and enjoy your new pages.
Want to get started and learn how to complete 30 pages in just 4 hours??? Send in the registration on the next
page. I’d love to help you complete your next album, and I know you will love the technique and love the ease
of this method.
September, 2004, updated June, 2007 & Dec. 2008
Yes, I NEED to come to a Power Palette
If you need help getting started on a new album project, or need to
get back into you ongoing or incomplete albums, this Power
Palette Layout class is for you! If you have a time restraint and
need to get your album done fast, then this class is also for you.
Please contact me for my Power Palette Layout Class times. If you
are attending Celebrate Portland or coming to my annual retreat, then
this class will help you maximize your pages at those events. Get LOTS of pages adhered, journaled, and done
without bringing all of your tools and other supplies! Think of it… easy packing, but getting 30 or more pages
Contact me for upcoming dates of my Power Palette Layout Classes or pick from the 5 times listed below.
Registration for Power Palette Layout Class
If I know what type of photos you are working on, I can suggest coordinating Power Palette Additions or Kits
(i.e, Christmas, vacation, school, all the seasons and holidays, sports, Disney, etc.) Please call me or visit my
website to see all the coordinating Power Palette Additions and Kits. P.S. I only have room for 6 at each class.
I would like to order this Power Palette for the class (Check the ones you want to have at the class): Each
Power Palette has a retail value of $56.50, so you get a $15 savings by buying the entire palette.
□ Earthy □ Jewel □ Pastel □ Primary Cost: $41.50
Dates of classes: (Each 4 hour class is $10, check all that apply) Limit of 6 attendees at each class.
□ Thurs. Jan. 15th 1 – 5pm □ Thurs. Jan. 15th 6 – 10pm Cost _____
□ Fri. Jan. 16th 9am – 1pm □ Fri. Jan. 16th 2 – 6pm □ Fri. Jan. 16th 6 – 10pm Cost _____
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Send completed form to Pam Winn, 14225 NW Whistler Lane, Portland, OR 97229
Do you need a Power Layout Kit, refills, etc. Please call me and I’ll have those ready at your class.
Questions??? Call me at (503) 645-8659 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit my website at www.mycmsite.com/pwinn to see the Palettes, Additions and Kits