Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Playing with transparencies

I have wanted to play with transparencies for a while now. I bought this pack when I was paper scrapping 3 years ago and had so many ideas then. Going into digi and now hybrid the ideas just doubled :)

I am going to share with you a little quote book project I created over the weekend. I have flooded my Flickr gallery with photos. It is a little more advanced than the other stuff I have shared so far, but it is totally worth it :)

Here is it:



First, the digital stuff. I have created a document in photoshop with all my 4X4 pages (10 in total) I wanted to see how they looked like together. I turned layers on and off to have just the stuff I wanted in the paper and just what I wanted in the transparencies. I saved the JPGs of each version. So I ended up with three JPGs. One to guide me for the look of my project, one to print in photographic paper and one to print in s transparency, like so:

quotes master doc
So, I printed everything at home, and cut to size:

quotestuto1 quotestuto2
You can see I added acrylic paint to the back of the transparencies. I did this for two reasons. One, because I had done it before and I quite like the look of paint over transparencies. Two, because my printer is not half as good as I thought and the colours in the transparencies really needed a boost.
quotestuto3 quotestuto5
I layered the pages together, transparency over base page on the back of transparency over base page (4 layers).

At first I was going to staple them, but I decided I wanted to I stitched them together. I stitched just ONE side because if you stitch all 4 sides the transparencies lose their value.

Stitching was the scary part, but remember, it is all digital, so if anything goes wrong, you can always just print it and try again :)
quotestuto6b quotestuto4 quotestuto7
I painted some cheap chipboard letters for my cover and let it dry. I also rounded the corners of my pages and I punched the hole through all of them with my crop a dile.

Now, to the fun part, got all my buttons and floss and started adding embellishments UNDER the transparencies to make the translucent effect stand out even more.

quotes9detail quotes9
Because there is all the distraction of the frames and the quote in the transparency, you can just lift the transparency to peek at the photo:




I hope you have liked it :) and just for the heck of it, here are a couple more photos:
(you can click on them for a larger view)
quotes1 quotes pages 2&3

quotes pages 4&5 quotes pages 6&7

quotes pages 8&9 quotes10


Anonymous said...

Michelle! Não admira que vc não durma de noite! Imagino o trabalhão que deu pra montar tudo isso... valeu cada segundo, pq ficou lindo! Vou já fuçar no flickr pra ver mais.


Anonymous said...

Mi está maravilhoso!!! Estou até com medo de passar na frente de alguma loja de scrap ultimamente... vou acabar gastando uma fortuna... diz aí qual impressora vc. tem? A tinta aí é barata?



Anonymous said...

Fabulous project! Thanks so much for sharing the steps!! :)


Jackie said...

so very cool, michelle - send it in to a mag, hurry! :)

AfriDigiDiva said...

That was amazing! Wow! Now you have me interested in hybrid and paper scrapping. I might have to give it a try.

Dúnia said...

O que falar??? lindo, divino e vitaminado!!! queria ter seu talento!

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Lauren said...

this rocks michelle, you've inspired me to break out my paper stash! love it!!!! xoxoox

Garynka said...

Your projects are so inspiring, Michelle! Always when I see a new one from you I want to try it as well.
Well, I think I have to do some shopping and buy stuff for hybrid ;)
Thanks for the inspiration.

Gingersnaps said...

Michelle, this is VERY, VERY, VERY cool! You amaze me girl! So creative, i love the paint behind the transparencies!

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers said...

This is so neat! I wish I had talent like this!

vinnie said...

wow! I'm loving your work, so much creativity! keep it up!

Cheryl Wray said...

WOW!!!! This is just amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing!