Hey yall! Welcome to My Time Made Easy's April Release!! ALL new items are available in the store NOW! 🙂 Happy Shopping 😉 Ok, I have a couple of things to chat about with ya today, besides my project I'd like to show you a couple of things with Digital paper you may not have tried or thought of before. First off, I used the Sole-Mate template to make this adorable show gift!! Yall know how most girls have a MAJOR love affair with shoes, all kinds of shoes! Did you know that you can Design Your Own Converse shoes?!?! And since I am one that wants things MY WAY, I find this a fabulous thing!!! I have my heart set on a pair of Pink with white polka dot 'sneaks', and since I can't buy my Converse yet I decided to make my gift here with the color scheme. I knew I wanted to use some of our Burlap digi paper, but there wasn't the exact color I wanted… never fear, the Great SARA is here! Sara walked me through recoloring the Burlap paper (no, clicking FILL is NOT how it's done! lol). Sara did a little tutorial >here<, for recoloring digi paper. Thanks to her UBER-easy, step-by-step directions I got busy! Using GIMP (which is a FREE download), I started with the Yellow Burlap paper from this Garden Greats digi pack, I chose the color I wanted it to be and plugged in the RGB values and finished following Sara's directions. VOILA! I got the pink I wanted. But I also wanted polka dots, so while still in GIMP, using BRUSHES I chose the size "dot" I wanted and selected WHITE on my color palette. I could have chosen, hearts, flowers or many other shapes, but I wanted polka dots. I didn't worry too much about making sure they were in a perfect position since I'd be cutting up my paper anyway. I printed, and it looked PERFECT! Exactly what I wanted!! Now I continued with my template.
After cutting all of the pieces out I wanted to do a little "worn in" look. I took some Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Inks and some daubers and went to town! The little label on the side is from the Sole-Mate stamp set. Here I used my Silhouette to layer the images and cut them out, though the layering and printing could have been done through GIMP as well. I added a little Pink Spica Glitter pen to her hair bow 🙂
For my card I wanted to use the same paper, but if I'd just printed it, the scale would have been much too big, plus I didn't need a whole sheet of this paper since my card is only 4.25" x 4.25". Using GIMP once again, I scalled the paper down until the pattern was the size I wanted it, and then cropped it to the size I needed… a 4" x 4" square! NO WASTED INK, NO WASTED PAPER!! Now I've been on Lauren's Design Team for years, and it honestly just occured to me a handful of months ago to crop my digi paper to the size I need before printing! The images on my card are also from the Sole-Mate stamp set. Digital paper certainly has it's perks, most of which never occured to me until the last 6 months, lol! If you have any questions on any of the digi stuff I did, please email me and I'll be happy to help you with what I can 🙂
Thanks for popping by, hope to see you soon! and don't forget to visit the rest of the My Time design team…