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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Creative Thursday ~ If It's Groovy, and it's day 1, grade 4!

So the challenge for the team was to design our own paper.

I wanted to run for the hills. and I did.

But when I came back, I put stash to paper and here's what happened. I'm still unsure about it, I'm not sure it's groovy, but the techniques may intrigue someone out there...

Day 1 * Grade 4 by Lindsey Krauss. Supplies: Paper: Making Memories, Brads: Making Memories, ZvaCreative.com, Snaps: Making Memories, Ribbon: Jenni Bowlin, Scenic Route Paper Co., Letters: Making Memories, Marker: Sharpie, Chalk: Inkadinkado, Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko, Template: Creative Memories, Other: star buttons, paper flower, latches.

Design your own paper! Last time I tried this technique, I scanned my favorite bag, printed it out 8"-1/2x11", and used its pattern as background paper - it was a huge success! This time, I tried a few different methods. First, I extracted color from my son's shorts and designed my own plaid paper in PhotoShop. It was just a matter of creating lines in different widths and colors and layering and relayering until I got the plaid effect I liked. I printed it, cut it, inked it and pasted it. The second method I used was to trace and edge of a Creative Memories Storyline Guideline template and ran brads, buttons and snaps along the traced line. This creates a pattern, some color, and a frame for otherwise plain cardstock. The third and last thing I did was a little light doodling. I didn't go too crazy because the page called for clean lines and subtle movement, so I drew stitching and chalked the corners. The possibilities and combinations for creating your own paper are endless, go for it!


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