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Technique Discussion: Custom Alphas

Hey Peas!
I hope everyone had a lovely Monday!
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about customization! twI think one of the hardest things for me about scrapping is having the "perfect" thing to accent my photos. You may love a certain alpha but you want it in red, not black. Or you may want something that you just haven't seen in the stores.
Most of the time, when I hit a wall, I simply create my own embellishments. My favorite, though, is creating alpha stickers. And you don't have to have some fancy program to accomplish this. This is super easy to do when you're digi scrapping, but it works for paper as well. When working with paper scrapping, the key is to work within your own tools.
Let's try making a digi alpha sticker and then I'll show you what it looks like when it's printed out.

In whichever program you're using, create a background shape that you would like your alpha to be. I prefer circles, so that's what I've created. (I've added a drop shadow so that it's easier for you to see what I'm doing.)

Next, create a smaller inner shape (in this case, a circle) in a color that you want for your project.

Then choose any font you like and type out the letter you want so that the edges of the letter overlap your colored inner circle. I usually go for a classic font like Times New Roman, but you can use any font you like!

This is actually the exact alpha I used in my layout HERE.
You can also center the letter and make it smaller so that your alpha has a more classic look instead of being "mod".

The fun doesn't stop there, though! You can also use any brush you like to create custom embellishments. Here are a few examples using a variety of brushes available here at Two Peas.

Below are 3 different stickers. The first image is the original brush and the second image is my completed sticker.

Using Holly Jones' brush, I "stamped" it in a new layer on top of my background layer. I then colored the background layer the same color as the stamp layer and changed the inner circle layer to white.

Using Rhonna Farrer's beautiful brush, I changed the background layer to light blue and "stamped" the image ina slightly darker blue in a new layer on top of my background layer. Then I selected the outside of the bakground circle to use as a guide for erasing the excess stamping.

Using the same technique as the previous sticker, I used Carina Gardner's beautiful frame to create a one of a kind sticker.

This is a wonderful way to make your scrap stash last even longer! You can even print out your "stickers" for use in all your other projects! Even though I digi scrap, I still paper scrap for all my cardmaking. Combining the two and using my digi scraps for my card making makes my money stretch even further while still allowing me to test drive my ideas. Love that!

If you made it this far, thanks so much for your patience! I know it was a ridiculously long post!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'd be more than happy to help. I hope this inspires some of you to use what you have in new and exciting ways. I'd love to see your creations!

Happy Scrapping!

~Jan Crowley (The Queen of Quirk)

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Cindy Liebel said...

i am going to have to try this out. never knew how to crop a digi image into a shape like this before!!! Thanks Jan!!!

2/19/2009 8:19:00 AM

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