January 18, 2012

A Canvas Print from a Digital Scrapbook Page

I had been wanting to make my daughter a "cowgirl" decorated wall for her room. She loves horses and anything related to them. So I began searching for ideas on-line, namely, pinterest. I saw some cute cowgirl plaques and then some that you could buy with custom names. I really liked that idea but none of them were in my budget. Then it popped into my head! Why not make a custom digital scrapbook page and have it printed on canvas. Genius! Sometimes I amaze myself. Okay, okay, I'm sure that it has been done before and I'm not a genius. Oh well, sometimes I like to think that I am.

Anyway, so I began researching places that I could get a canvas print before I started to make something. There's a bunch of places and most of them are pretty pricey. I decided to go cheap....real cheap....wal-mart cheap. They have a 12x12 faux canvas print for $19.96. I decided that for 20 bucks that I could at least try it. So I searched my digi-stash for anything cowgirl and anything that might look good on a canvas (stamps, paints, splatters, etc...). I also did a little digi-shopping and bought Cowgirl Up by Chelle's Creations and Lace Stamp Alpha from Faith True. So I made this canvas with a mix of Cowgirl Up, Lace Stamp Alpha and some other things I had in my digi-stash.

I had to test out my page several times when I uploaded it to the wal-mart print site. It was nice because they gave you a preview of how it would look when printed (what parts would be on the sides of the canvas). I ended up making my image 14in x14in and making sure I left about 1.5 inches on each side for the wrap part of the canvas. You can see (on the finished product) that the edge comes right up to the doodled border.

Anyway, so here is the .jpg image of my digital page.

And here is a pic of the finished product.

I was actually really pleased with it. The colors weren't as bright but still okay and it printed just as it was shown on their website. Plus I got it in 1 hour and I was able to go pick it up at my local wal-mart. I mean, it is cheap and it is faux BUT for $20 and 1 hour I feel like I got my money's worth and my daughter LOVES it. I probably wouldn't choose it for a professional print but for this little project it was perfect.

This is what the back looks like.
It's basically a card board box.

And here's what it looks like finished on her wall.
I'm going to be doing a post on how I made my paper art work you see in the frames. Look for that soon.

Hope this inspires you to use your digital scrapbook supplies to make some art for your wall.

January 11, 2012

My Printed December Daily Album

Apparently I don't have a problem remembering that it's 2012 and not 2011! My problem is that I was just so ready for 2012 that I made my December Daily 2011 "In Quotes" album with this front page:

Yup, that's right and I didn't even notice it until I opened up the package and was flipping through it and then I realized it! Oh and this isn't the first time this has happened. Look closely at this poster and find the mistake.

Do you see it! Apparently it's 2102. I'm WAY into the future here.

Thankfully I saved the .psd and I can just switch out the numbers for my December Daily album and it only cost $6.00. So I think I'll just re-do the cover and order another one or I could just keep it the way it is and get a good laugh each Christmas. As far as the calendar poster template.....well, I didn't realize my mistake until the mom opened her gift on Christmas day! Everyone had a good laugh.

I was so excited to show you all my finished book and I thought about waiting until I got my corrected book but what's the difference, right? Either way it will turn out that same, just a different number.

I decided to go with Mixbook because they were  the one place I could find that offered a 4x6 softcover book like this and it was pretty cheap. So I decided to go with it.

Uploading my photos and arranging my book on their website was super easy. It probably took me about 20-30 minutes. It took about one week to receive my book once I ordered it.

Here's the finished product.
Book made with Magical Christmas by Jady Day Studio and Flergs.

You can see a tiny white edge. When I reviewed the book online I did not see that. It's on a couple of the pages.

The green color looks a little bright here but in real life it actually looks just like the paper I used in the digital scrapbook kit. My photo editing skills still need some work.

I would say that the overall quality is what I was expecting for $6.99. While it may not last for generations to come it should last a good while and I'll keep the .jpg images of my book so that I can print it out again if I want to.

Well, that's my 2011, oh I mean 2012 December Daily Album!!! Guess I'm a whole year ahead of schedule.

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