Monday, June 18, 2018

Reason #19 Mini Scrapbooking Album and Free Alpha Stencil and Ideas How To Use It

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

"You are beautiful inside and out."  Don't forget, if you don't like our journaling, you can always just use our blank cards and design your very own.  Click here for the blank cardsand reasons #1-27 here. 

We will be combining the reasons very soon for one easy download and of course the blank cards are always easy.
I recently posted a digital page in a largely traditional group and was asked how to do the large title, traditionally.  I've done this plenty of times traditionally and though it's very simple, it takes a touch of work.  Unless, you have one of those handy cutting machines like a Circut.  It's on my short list of goodies to purchase.  I keep having more and more projects where I could totally use one of these, but they don't come cheap and I can't even find them in my area where I live in Belgium.  I'm not super keen buying expensive goods on line for if I have an issue, I always like to pop in the shop where I purchased.  I need to know I can chew someone out personally so that the issues can be resolved.  Hehehe...

There are so many things you can do with an alpha like this.  For one, I've put this download file in a png format so you can more than likely use it in your cutting machine.  You could just print it and do a few things, too.  If you are computer savvy, you can clip in any digital paper you have to the alpha and totally customize.  I love that option! Use it like a template by tracing around the letter once you've cut them out. I'll show you some OLD pages I scrapped using this method.
I told you, these pages are old.  I'm guessing around 20+ years.  Could that really be?  Hehehe...I did a big backpacking trip around Western Europe, SOLO in 1995 after graduating university.  I used pages like this for in-between my album.  It's like a title page so ya know you're in a different country.  This was just a stencil I bought at Walmart.  I traced on my chosen card stock and cut it all out by hand.  I still do this.  Back up your letters on some contrasting paper if you have the space which I obviously did not, here.  Hehehe...

For these large stencils, I cut them out on some fun scrapbooking paper.  It's a nifty way to use up those scraps.  I backed them up on some more paper.

Layer those alphas if you like.  These look like cut out alphas, but it's the same concept.

This is another stencil I got from Walmart.  Just traced around the letters on my chosen paper and cut them out.

Get fancy with those cut outs.  I used all kinds of texture with these letter cut outs.  (This is from my wedding album.). It looks like I "drew" in my eyelets!  Oh, my!

I still really like this look with letters.  At least I used real eyelets this time!  If cutting around your letters is just out of the question, then just square them up, like below.  Draw in some nifty stitches for a really fun, home made, whimsical look.

Here's a little step by step visually and you can click here to see the video.
This is what your download looks like when you open it in a program like PSE.

Simply slide in a digital paper from your digital stash and right click and choose clipping mask or command G on a Mac.  It will look like this.

Go to your tool bar and choose the cropping tool.  Encircle the letter you need with the cropping tool and slide it on to your new document.

Go back to the original page, click the undo button and crop the next letter you'll need and slide that on your blank page.

There it is!  Choose all of the letters if you plan on resizing and put it where ya need it.  Scrap right on your new page, digitally or put it in a printable format, print, cut and scrap traditionally/hybrid style.

Choose png format if you want to use the letters in your cutting machine.

Allow me to show you the page that's causing all of the hub Bub and some other digital pages with large letters so you have a sweet arsenal of ideas on how you can use your alphas.  These are all of my digital templates.  Keep reading for more great tips.

This is THE page and I think this is totally do-able on a traditional page.  It's from digital templates I have.  In case you didn't know, ALL of my templates come in png format and each and every item on the template is on it's very own layer, meaning if you are computer savvy, you can open the templates in your software and use the pngs on your machines and scrap traditionally with the digital templates.  EEK!  How awesome is that?  I'm going to show you what I do with no fancy equipment at all, but that's for next time!

This template came from a freebie. I'll be offering it in my scrap-a-licious groupon FB for an upcoming monthly challenge.  Make sure you're in our groupso you don't miss this and all of the other scrap talk.

We will be back Friday with new templates, scrapbooking freebies of all kinds and a lot of layout love.  We'll see ya then.
Happy scrapping!