As promised, I'm back today to share the projects that were featured on the Echo Park blog yesterday.
First, are my two digital pages:
I'm not going to go into any detail on how I created these, since I know those who create digitally know how and my traditonal friends will just be bored :) If you really want to see the steps (along with the product credits), you can find them here.
I will, however, share the details on my hybrid page.
While I love the look of a paper-pieced chevron border, I don’t like the time it takes to cut, align and glue each piece. My time-saving (and sanity-saving) solution was to create my own chevron pattern in Photoshop and use the This & That Graceful digital papers to create the same look, without all the hassle. Here are the steps I used:
- In Photoshop, open a 12x12 canvas.
- Use the shape tool to create a row of rectangles, aligning each new one just below the previous.
- Select all rectangles, group and use the rotate tool to rotate to your preferred angle.
- Use the rectangle marquee tool to select the group of rectangles and trim off the uneven ends.
- Duplicate the grouping, flip horizontally and align with the original grouping to create the beginning of the chevron pattern.
- Duplicate and repeat until your pattern is finished.
- Add a light grey or brown stroke around each shape (this will create division between the patterns).
- Add digital papers, using the shapes as clipping masks.
- Once the design is complete, cut a piece of 12x12 white cardstock down to 8.5x12 and print.
- Cut out the design and set aside to use on your layout.
Another digital element I created in Photoshop and printed to add to my layout is the framed photograph, which I used a journaling card to create. Here are the steps I used to create the framed photo:
- Open the Chevron Journaler card.
- Use the Magic Wand (tolerance set at 50) to delete the text lines from the card, leaving the top and bottom borders and the flower.
- Place the photograph on a new layer below the journaling card (because of the placement of the flower on the journaling card, I had to align the photograph slightly off center to the right to avoid placing the flower on Bugsy’s face).
- Print the framed photograph onto photo paper.
- Trim off the left edge of the photograph (about ¼ inch or so), cutting carefully around to the flower.
To assemble the hybrid page:
- Use the traditional (paper) This & That Graceful Collection Kit to create a matted background.
- Adhere the digitally created chevrons to the background.
- Mat the framed photo and add chipboard or pop-dots for dimension and adhere to your layout.
- Cut the center from a journaling card to create a journaling spot and add journaling.
- Add alpha stickers, embellishment stickers, buttons, etc.
- Add baker’s twine, gluing as you go.
- Add paint splatters.
For those who may not want to spend time creating your own chevron pattern in Photoshop, I have a fun surprise for you! I'm offering the 12x12 PSD file as a freebie here on my blog. Click here to download the zip file:
I hope you enjoyed my projects and have a wonderful weekend!