Monday, January 31, 2011

When I get an idea in my head...

I can't seem to stop thinking about it. Ha! Does that happen to any of you? Well, the Studio Calico February kit reveal happened last Thursday, and one of the shop items was the much coveted notes stamp that fit inside the EK Success real estate punch (my go-to punch these days!). It sold out in 2 minutes flat. I think I managed to snag one, because it showed up on my billing. But I know a lot of people were disappointed that they didn't get one. It got me thinking as well...how hard would it be to make my own designs to fit the punch? Obviously not a stamp version, but just some paper ones that I could punch out using that punch and stick on my layouts for journaling or title spots, or anything, really. And I just couldn't stop thinking about it, LOL, so I finally gave it a try this weekend.

Here's a picture of the punch, if you don't know what it looks like. It was sold out at Studio Calico when I wanted to get it, but when I was in Texas during Christmastime, I was lucky enough to spot it at a Hobby Lobby and I picked it up :) I've been using it a lot these days.

First, I made a ledger design. I printed these out on American Crafts white cardstock because I have some in bulk, and I love the subtle texture. I was pretty pleased with how they turned out! So, I thought, why stop at ledger? More ideas came to mind....

So I made more designs. I'm a wee-bit woodgrain obsessed! And polka dots are fun :) The super basic hearts ones was just an idea because Valentine's Day is coming up. These were all just experiments...trying out how the colors would print out and if the patterns would look okay (I need to do some tweaking the next time I make these).

I have a soft spot for these woodgrain ones, although I think the polka dots turned out the best. I am by no means an expert at using the pen tool in Photoshop, and I haven't done any serious graphic work since high school (when I designed our yearbook cover), but I wanted to attempt a woodgrain design. It was a little time consuming and very experimental, but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out! And the texture on the cardstock looks pretty good.

Long story short, I couldn't get this idea out of my head, finally decided to try it, and for the most part, liked how they turned out. What do you think? :) Are any of you interested in them? If you are, I'm thinking I could do a little giveaway for some of these sometime in February, when I have more time to tweak, edit, and make more. Let me know! 

26 comments:

  1. I almost bought one at my local Jo's, then decided not to. I went back to pick it up and it was sold out. Now that I've seen what you created, I want it even more! Those polka dots are the best!

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  2. Very cute!!! So creative! :)

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  3. I LOVE these! So... did you design the outer borders on Photoshop as well? These are fantastic!

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  4. Those look great! I love the woodgrain ones. I love when you have an idea for a while and then finally get it to work out, it's the best feeling.

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  5. These are fabulous ~ what an ingenious idea! I missed out on the stamp myself but these are wonderful.

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  6. Awhh man, these are soo perfect. You're very clever for designing all of this yourself. I have a massive weakness for polka dots - but I gotta say, you've sold me on those woodgrain ones!!

    I would love to see a giveaway involving these beauties!

    Lou Mac. xo

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  7. They are sooooo yummy, Geralyn!!! You have some mad PS skills! I love your free-hand woodgrain and I think the ones with the little hearts are adorable, too. Thanks for sharing your idea. :)

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  8. LOVE THEM!!! Is the border made my inking the border of the SC stamp?

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  9. These are so awesome! You should sell them!

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  10. goodness those are gorgeous!!! i actually love those more than the notes stamp! i happened to miss out on the stamp...it fell out of my cart before i paid. :(

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  11. Those are super cute, Geralyn!!! And yes, I'm one of those who missed out. lol... I love your tags better, though. lol.. Thought of doing a tutorial? *winks*

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  12. I love them!!! I would even buy them from you. I missed out on the stamp!!

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  13. Love them! Definitely think a giveaway is in order. ;-)

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  14. @Julie & @Sylv - Yes, the border is the border of the Studio Calico notes stamp! I just made the designs for the inside.

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  15. These are AWESOME and I'm totally off to pick up that punch!

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  16. Geralyn, these are awesome!!! Yes, please do a giveaway!!! I picked up the punch at JoAnns last week and I am so excited to have it. I was lucky enough to get the notes stamp at reveal too!

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  17. Those turned out fantastic! I would pay for those too!

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  18. These are fantastic, Geralyn! You could totally open up a little shop and sell these!

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  19. Geralyn! Seriously? Those are fantastic! I would totally love some, especially the woodgrain and the ledger. Those polka dot ones would be so cute on baby pages as well. Well done! If you do a giveaway I'd be throwing my name in there real quick! Great job!

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  20. Ummmm...... brilliant!!!
    These are just fantastic. I cannot believe you designed the woodgrain one yourself just in Photoshop. It 's perfect :-)
    And the polka dots look awesome too.
    I would definitely be looking forward to a giveaway if you were to be so generous :-)

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  21. geralyn...you little genius you! love these friend :)

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  22. You are a genius! I absolutely love these! I can't wait to see what you make with them!

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  23. just wanted to post and say how beautiful these are! i have the punch but unfortunately not the stamp :( i would actually love to get these! have you thought about selling them :) the woodgrain is to die for!! props on your photoshop skills too!

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  24. These are fab! Would you do a tutorial of what you did? I just LOVE them!

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