Thursday, November 17, 2011
Give Thanks (digital paper)
Thanksgiving is just a week away and today I am thankful that my Dad is celebrating his 87th birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks to everyone who offered to send him a card. I'll be going to Pennsylvania this weekend to celebrate with him.
Since I have limited us of my left hand right now, I thought I'd share a digital project - done mostly with my right hand using the computer mouse! I took photos of a lot of colorful leaves last year. I placed them on a plain background with the idea that I could turn the photos into digital elements with my Creative Memories StoryBook Creator software. I used the 3.0 version of the program when I made this paper, the latest version is 4.0.
After I had turned the leaves into individual .png files, I arranged them on a 12 x 12 green textured background. The leaves above are direct from my photos and the colors are a little muted - so I decided to perk them up a bit.
I experimented with the adjustments on the color tab until I had a result I liked. The dotted line shows the actual square of the 12 x 12 page.
I applied a surface effect (wrinkles2 in the program) to make the leaves a little more interesting and to tone down the brightness.
Finally, I created a text box and typed the words "Give Thanks" over and over in the Edwardian Script font.
This is the final version of the paper that I created. I can use this a a background for a scrapbook page or print it at a smaller size to use for a card or another project.
I'd like to share this paper with you - you can click on the bold link below to download the high quality jpeg image (the image above is just a screen shot and won't enlarge nicely to a 12 x 12 size). If you use the paper, I'd love to see what you make.
Give Thanks Leaf Paper
For all of you who wrote to ask about my left hand...no I wasn't literally putting out a fire (!)
I had a little raised freckle spot on the back of my hand near the base of my ring finger. While the doctors thought it was "probably nothing to be worried about" they decided it should be removed. I didn't realize that to do this they would actually make quite a long incision (you can't remove just the circular spot and pull the skin into a lump so they made a long diamond shaped cut). I have lots of stitches in my hand and it is swollen and sore. It should heal fairly quickly but it is really slowing me down right now. I thought it wouldn't be a big problem since I am right-handed... It is amazing how much you do that requires the use of both of your hands - like opening jars and lifting things. So I'll do what I can but the next week or so might be a little different than usual here on the blog. Most of you are probably busy with family and the holidays now - I hope you have a wonderful time and that you can be with your loved ones.
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