Monday, September 6, 2010

Creating Magic Monday with a Color Challenge

Are you ready to Create Magic on this fine Monday Morning with me, Rachel?

Have you ever been inspired by anything? Well, this week I was inspired by this paper pattern set from Black Leaf Studios (Olive Pattern):
Isn't it fabulous? I love the colors in this set.

Now on with the show!

I have a little digital tip for you today... nothing real big!

I am sure many of you know, but just in case you haven't been filled in on the news...

You do NOT, I repeat, do NOT have to be a digital person to use DIGITAL patterns and papers!

I do have a software program just for dealing with digital and photo images, but for those of you who don't you can also use programs like Microsoft WORD:

I like to go get my digital pattern or paper (free or purchased) and then open my word processing program.

I use word. Next, I insert the "picture" into the word document.

Are you following me so far?

I double click the "picture" so it allows me to edit the formatting of that picture. I go to the edit box that says SIZE and change the size to 8.5"x11" and then click okay. I adjust the "picture" so it covers the whole page of my document.

I then go up to FILE and PRINT. When my print box opens, I click on PROPERTIES, then FEATURES. On the features section, I look for the option to print BORDERLESS. This usually works to make the printer print from edge to edge of my paper so I can use the whole paper!

I then click okay and then actually print on my white cardstock.

If you have a software program just for things like this (I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0), you can do the same process, in just fewer steps!:

Open the software program, (I just go to the organizer). Then go to FILE, GET PHOTOS, and FROM FILES AND FOLDERS.

Select the file that has the pattern paper you would like to use. Click OPEN. Once open, I just select PRINT.

The program then gives me the option of what size I would like to print. I make sure that my paper size selected is 8.5"x11" and that the print area is borderless. Then on the actual photo options, click full page. I always look at the preview to ensure it is printing the whole page. If it is not, I mess with the actual photo size options until it is a full sheet of paper printing.

(Really wish I could show you pictures of this, but can't figure out how to get my computer to digitally print the screen for you!)

Once printed, I can work with the paper, just like any other patterned paper. I used this method for the following two cards:

The cute little bears are from the Cuddle Bears stamp set.

These were made with my baby shower in mind. I am trying to get my shower invites as ready as possible before my new baby boy arrives in the world since I won't have time to do it after (which is when the shower will happen, as a meet and greet for baby!)

I have the outsides all done now. Just need the shower and baby info to put on the tag that will slip inside (as seen on the photo!).

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  1. Thanks for the wonderful tip!! And your projects are great!!

  2. i don't think i've ever printer a digital paper to use on a project! thanks for the instuctions, rachel!

  3. Cute cards!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  4. Your tutorial is great ! thanks !!