1. Open your template in Photoshop as normal. I'm using a past blog freebie by Carrin, found here.
2. Select the papers and clusters of elements directly around the photos in the Layers Panel. In this template file, I am going to choose all the layers including and in between "Shape/Mat" and "Curly Ribbon". A trick here is to hold SHIFT while selecting the "Shape/Mat" layer and then use the Scroll Bar in the Layers Panel and then select the "Curly Ribbon" layer.
3. Hold the CTRL key and then press the T key. This will open up the Free Transform Tool while the layers are selected.
4. Now you are going to scale all the papers and elements in the template down to create the amount of white space you want. Be sure to hold the ALT key while dragging the corner so the layers remain centered while you scale them down. Then press ENTER.
5. I have decided to get rid of the side papers in the template so that there can be even more white space! I just de-selected the eye symbols next to the top 2 layers to make them invisible. Here's my final white space template.
6. Now you are ready to use your new template! Here's my layout.
I used Distinct Hush.
Here is another other example by CT member Mary Kate.