Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Days

Some days are tough and that's okay. It seems to be harder for me in the winter months. When the days are so short, often gloomy, and cold, cold, cold. I wanted to create a page for my album documenting my feelings and the sweet photo of Mocha hiding under her bear was the perfect photo to use.

I'm still experimenting with how to use transparency sheets in my projects after seeing Brandi Kincaid use them in her December Daily album last year. I thought it would make a fun visual impact to print my journaling and then print faux marker lines on the transparency to black out most of the text. It's something I'd seen from writer and artist, Austin Kleon but had yet to try for myself.

Using Photoshop Elements, I typed my journaling on a 3x4 canvas. Then I added a layer and used the brush tool to draw lines over everything except for the 4 words I wanted to remain visible. I printed my journaling on white cardstock and then the lines on the transparency film. I did outline (stroke in PSE) both of the images so that I'd know where to cut.

I have flip-up pocket from Simple Stories, so I put the overlay in that and matched it up over my text. I added a couple of die cut shapes for contrast and then topped them with mini flair. A simple page for some very real talk.

patterned paper - Studio Calico, ABM Messy Box
alphabet stickers - American Crafts Thickers
mini flair - Tough Stuff - Feed Your Craft
transparency film - Apollo Color Laser Transparency Film - Amazon
flip-up pocket - Snap 3x4 Photo Flips - Simple Stories
font for journaling - Traveling Typewriter


  1. This is brilliant Elise! Thanks for the tutorial = I might have to give it a try.

    1. Thank you, Susan! I hope you do give it a whirl, I think you would come up with some really creative ways to use them!


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