Sunday, May 22, 2011

Graduation Invitations - A Hybrid solution

     My son, Jesse will be graduation soon, and because we didn't have the opportunity to order any of the 'official' graduation paraphernalia, I only made the invitations for his graduation party.  I started out in My Digital Studio for the main 'attraction'.  I knew I wanted neat printing for all the information, so I chose a stamp set called 'Introducing'.  A text box was added as a layer on top of the stamp set, with the text typed in according to the lines.  I adjusted the line spacing a little, though it didn't line up perfectly.  Now, what to do with the background?  We're talking an 18 year old boy, and frilly and fussy just won't do!  So, I came across another stamp set called 'Basic Black Texture', changed the color to Real Red, and adjusted the size to fit my project.  Yeah!  He liked it!
     Now to get enough.  I grouped all the parts of my project, then simply copied and pasted it three more times on the whole page, exported to a .jpeg file and printed.  Took a few steps to make it look the way I wanted it, but the final result was worth the effort.
     Jesse wanted Red and Black for his cards, so for the finishing touch, I mounted the printed invitation on black cardstock and added silver eyelets in the middle of each side.  I liked the look, and Jesse liked the finished product.  Mission accomplished!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Digital Studio Mother's Day Layout

I wanted the girls I babysit to be able to give something nice to their Mom for Mother's Day, so I started out by taking some cute pictures of them with my cell phone last week while we waited for my son to finish baseball practice.  There was a beautiful flowering tree, so I took a footlong branch full of blooms and managed to get great pictures of the girls with the flowers by their faces.  The background of the page is simply a picture of the blooms on the tree, with the opacity changed to nearly 20%.  I added the Mother's Day stamp and Baroque Motif stamp to accent Mom, corner punches at the top, mats around all the pictures, and connected the pictures with Vintage Flowers.  The corners of the pictures and the corner punches are all accented with rhinestones.  The Mother's Day verse is one I found online. 
     This was so easy to do, and took very little time to complete.  If I had thought ahead on this project, I would have had it printed by Stampin' Up! professional printing service.  Instead I printed it locally, which still looked nice, but wasn't centered on the page quite as well.  You can have as much fun as I did making your own projects.  There are also more options available for purchasing My Digital Studio.  Give me a call at (309) 221-0978 to find out more!

Happy Stamping,

Twila