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 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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  1. Love the paper! Actually love all the digital stuff you do. Hope your hand is feeling better. Happy Birthday to your Dad! Enjoy your time with your Dad.

  2. Very pretty! What a clever girl you are. Is the CM program what allowed you to turn each leave into individual .png files? I have PSE. I need to leave more about how to select one thing in a picture. I have be playing with the header for my blog. It is so much fun. I might add some of this paper if I get a chance. Thank you I will do a post and give you credit if I can get it to work.
    Happy Birthday to your dad and take care of that hand. There is a product made in WI called LABRI. It is made with Aloe that works real well on healing. I was having lots of trouble with my skin from the pool and it clear up when I started using it. Feel better!

  3. Hi again Diane. Well I changed the header and used your paper. I posted about it also. You can't really see how pretty it is but it added a lot to my header. Thanks again,

    Scrapcat Cards by Linda

  4. Your paper turned out so beautiful. I've saved it for future use. I'm so sorry about your hand. I'm glad you had the pesky spot taken care of though. Happy birthday to your Dad. Hope he gets my card in time but I think it takes 5 days. Drive carefully.

  5. thanks for the file for your paper, it's beautiful. hope your hand heals soon - you may need two hands to eat thanksgiving turkey (lol). birthday wishes to your dad. safe trip to PA.

  6. Your paper design is gorgeous. I would like to download it and I thank you so much for sharing. It will not open up. Is there another link??

  7. Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

    Linda - I did use StoryBook to create the png files of the leaves. I popped over to your blog to see your new header - it looks great!

    MaryAnn - Dad did get some cards today but I am not sure who they were from - I'll look tomorrow when we get there. Thanks again for sending a card.

    Debi - I just tried the link and it worked - maybe there was a temporary problem with the site? It is a direct download with no ads and a box should pop up - so if you have a pop-up blocker that could be the problem. Please try again and let me know if you still have trouble.

  8. I really love the paper you designed. THanks so much for sharing it.

    Feel better soon!

  9. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [18 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. Sorry, to hear about your left hand :- ( Somehow I missed yesterdays post and when I started reading I thought this had to do with your fall. Glad that's not true at least, but I know what you mean about taking parts of ourselves and how much we use them for granted. Love your digital paper and thanks for sharing. I've been thinking I should try making some, but something always seems to get in the way, or I don't think of it when I have time (why is that?) Happy Birthday, (Diane's) Dad! Make sure you don't overdo it with your hand! Have a great weekend!

  11. Beautiful paper and thanks for the file. Isn't it strange how we take things we do everyday for granted. We don't realize what it is like to not be able to do some of the simple things until something happens and we can't do them, do we? Hope your hand heals in record time.

  12. OMGosh! This is beautiful!! I love fall and the colors, you did an awesome job and I did copy it or download it I guess, thank you so much for sharing. I am going to use this in some projects.
    Do you have both so they are just plain. You know one in leaves and one in the writing? I would love them that way to if you don't mind doing so.
    angel hugs


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