Saturday, January 7, 2012

One Little Word and a FREE Download!





One part of my first One Little Word assignment is complete. I discovered two important things in this process already.

  • I could easily get carried away buying scrapbooking supplies and go broke buying all the adorable doo dads, what nots and bling things.
  • There is this wonderful thing called "digital scrapbooking", which I can do a lot cheaper since I'm already pretty into Photoshop. The only limits here are imagination, skill and time.

I'm still going to approach my project with as a hybrid deal, part digital and part traditional scrapbook because I think there is some value for working in three dimensions. Holding the project in my hands, arranging and rearranging elements, gluing, and embellishing support my intention and force me to take more time with my word than I would otherwise. As I suspected, I have found myself just sitting on the sofa or in bed looking at my work so far, which is a meditation on my word of sorts.

But, I am thinking I could really get into the digital scrapbook thing. Who knows, it might factor somewhere into my calling? It is calling to me, I can tell you that.


Wanting to do a little bit of my own thing with this, I followed the format but used a different font than what was provided. I also I created a little Photoshop® template using clipping masks, which made it easier to place my "digital papers" properly.

I figured I may as well share it since I went to the trouble of making it. The size of the squares is 2.5 x 3.5 inches and will fit perfectly in a baseball card page protector like the one shown here at Amazon.com.

If you don't know how to use clipping masks, here's a great tutorial by Rita at The Coffee Shop Blog

If you are in the One Little Word class or if you have the need for something like this, then download and enjoy!

FREE Baseball Card Size Template



Here is the digital version without all the embellishments.


Going through each of the prompts was an excellent way to make my word more real, and the exercise provided some interesting insights that I will discuss later. I do admit that I left out the #3 item from the Miram Webster definition of the word calling, which was "the characteristic cry of a female cat in heat." Let's hope that doesn't relate at all to my choice of this word.

It was recommended by our group leader that we stick with a consistent color scheme for our project. So, I took my cover page and uploaded it to Adobe Kuler, and it created a swatch with colors from my photo for me. Kuler allows you to save your theme as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file (*.ASE) which can then be loaded into Photoshop. It makes sticking with a consistent color theme so easy!

Cover





You can also make your swatches available to others for download, which I have done here.

You will need an Adobe account, but it is easy to create one and its free. You can register directly from my swatch page, or just go here to create your account.

Kuler can even be used to help you create a cohesive color scheme for your home decor. Ironically, my swatch for this project coordinates with my home decor and it was totally unintentional. I guess you could say that these colors "call" to me. Here's a little video that explains how it all works:




That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed the freebies and the tips. I've benefitted so much from the generosity of other bloggers and artists online that it feels good to have something of my own to share! :)

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the download and the info about Kuler I'm participating in OLW and will be following the hybrid route.

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  2. Very clever, LeAnne. I will check out your template later today. I have a coffee/walk/photo shoot date this morning. I went the digital route for just the reasons you mention; the cost can be prohibitive and I'm loving learning what I can do with Photoshop. The course has already given me an opportunity to learn a couple new things. Yay!
    Have a great day, my friend. ;->

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  3. Thanks so much LeAnne. Your page is beautiful. It looks like I should get a copy of Photoshop -- there's so much I would like to use that requires it. I like using "stuff" -- I am a collage artist, but I also really love how pretty different typefaces are.
    ~Marilee

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  4. thanks so much for joining {in the picture}. i'll see you soon :)

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