Tuesday, 11 March 2014

THE MAKING OF - COUNTING THE DAYS ALPHA

As many of you know I love making digital products out of my real life craft projects! There's crochet and embroidered elements in many of my kits and I thought it might be fun to show you how I made the Counting The Days Alpha that is part of my 2013 Document Your December product line.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Counting-The-Days-Alpha.html
Before starting with the stitching I made a template with guidelines for my alpha. I chose a font, gave it an outline and clipped a fine diagonal stripe pattern to it and flipped it horizontally.

The reason I flipped the alpha horizontally is that I didn't want the guidelines to be visible under my stitching [apart from wanting to turn the alpha digital, where I could have erased those lines in photoshop, I also wanted to be able to use the letters for gift wrapping and such]. So I punched the holes in there on 'the wrong side' of the template, flipped the paper and started stitching.



When I finished all letters and numbers [quite a chore let me tell ya] I scanned them and made them digital.


Then I cut out each individual character, got rid of specks of dust, tweeked the colors, gave them a shaped cut out and voila instant handmade gorgeousness to add a bit of texture to those digital pages!

Here's a layout I made with the alpha showing that you it's not great just for December pages

12 comments:

  1. I wondered if you had handmade them!! Cool!!

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  2. awesome Mirjam!! I just start to made some element by myself and you inspire me

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  3. Oh my gosh you are amazing! I wondered how you did it, wow girl you are very clever, thank you for sharing this cool tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Em! You are such a sweetheart!

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  4. love that you share your creativity digitally!

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    1. I am excited that hear you like reading about this! Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Great article!! I love your handmade stitched goodies!! - Christa

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  6. Thanks for sharing this! It was soooooo interesting to see! Loved this post!

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    1. Thanks Mo! I'll try and share about my crafty endeavors more often!

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