We do!!! Lucky us to be crafting at a time when the perfect sheet of paper or stamp can be found in seconds right on our computer! We are also lucky (despite the recession) to have isle after isle of papers, punches, rubber stamps and embellishments to pick from at our craft stores! It is easy to be overwhelmed by all crafting has to offer but if you are smart and think of your computer as a scrapbooking tool you can save money and be at your creative best. Here I made two cards with a similar “feel” one mostly digital, the other mostly traditional, can you tell which one is which?
Before we go any further I need to have a quick tip with you! If you have a dried up permanent marker (the peach one I used to color the owl on the left was a new but dry Bic Mark-it) you can bring it back to like by placing it tip down in a cup with a bit of goo-gone in it (I used googone ink-away because I found a bucnch on sale!) Let it set for a minute or two then your marker will be as good as new. Save your old markers because with this method you can make some pasltel shades when most of the color is gone!
So, Which one is which?
On this card (above) I used digital paper from Digital Freebies (sign up for their newsletter and you will know when the weekly freebie is available) I cropped the paper to 5″x7″ and used the colored pencil tool in Paint Shop Pro to “ink” the edges then I copied that and pasted it to an new 8.5″x11″ document. I slid it to the bottom corner leaving space above it so this would be my card base. On the edge of the document I typed dingbats (cloud, owl and sentiment) I used the eyedropper tool to make them match the paper, then I printed my sheet. I trimmed out the piece to be used as the card, then I colored and trimmed the elements with permanent markers because they won’t make the printer’s ink smear. I cut a yellow scalloped circle and a smaller circle from cardstock with my cricut and SCAL software, used the small circle to emboss the larger one (for how-to click here), inked it and attached with double stick tape, the other elements I attached with foam tape for more dimension. Obviously this is the digi-card 😉
For the Traditional Card I used Double sided paper from K&Co (this too is a good deal because I buy the pads of 36 sheets on sale fir $6 at Jo-Anns), I cut a scallop strip with my notch&die tool and glued it to the bottom, I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the Branch and leaves using the font DB Woodsy and glued that on the card over another embossed scalloped circle. I stamped the owl by inking the stamp first in light orange ink then rocking the edges on a brown inkpad before stamping on white cardstock. O trimmed it closely and adhered with foam tape. Tip: before you use inexpensive clear stamps rub an eraser over them, that will make the ink adhere better, you only need to do it once 😉
So the next time you need the perfect paper, stamp or die cut try using your most powerful scrapbook tool, your computer and you will find savings in both time and money 😉 Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!
PS: Looking for free digital scrapbook supplies? check out my list on the right column of my blog and start downloading!