Say It With A Custom Overlay Tutorial

As I was creating some of my PROJECT LIFE pages I was stamping on one of the photos… and to be honest I really didn’t like the way it was turning out… I am pretty sure over time the chemicals from the ink will eventually deteriorate the photo, and I started thinking, “How can I get this effect without stamping?”  Well fast forward a few weeks…

I was prepping for the upcoming PROJECT LIFE MADE SIMPLE CLASS for this month and in the accessory kit for the card collection being used was this adorable laser printed overlay- THAT’S IT!!

Seasonal Snapshot Overlays

I knew that was my answer for getting the effect of stamping on my photos without having to actually do it!!  Then I thought, well this overlay is cute but I want more versatility… how can I recreate this same effect??  So I tried to create some of my own, let me show you how I did it.

STEP 1– Cut a window sheet to the size of the pocket you want to use it in, either 3×4″ or 4×4″ or 6×4″

STEP 2– Open your catalog to select your desired image, I recommend using a fairly large image that is easy to trace.

STEP 3– To create a white overlay, trace the first image using the CHALK MARKER, then go back over the image with the WHITE SINGO GEL PEN

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STEP 4- To create colored overlays, place the window sheet over the catalog image you want and using the blunt end of Blendabilities marker trace the image.

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Now you can create ALL kinds of overlays for your pages or even use them on cards- the possibilities are endless!  Oh and something else you can do with your white overlays- use your SILVER or GOLD MARKERS over top the white layer and give a metalic effect to the overlay.

Creating Custom Overlays for Project Life pocket pages http://www.handstampedstyle.com

Here is what the images look like when they are laid over photos, I have to say that these overlays were not created with these pictures in mind, so they don’t fit or aren’t placed properly to accent the photos shown but I would select something more custom if I was making the overlays for this page.

Creating Custom Overlays for Project Life pocket pages http://www.handstampedstyle.com

I would have selected a brighter or lighter background photo for this overlay, and I wouldn’t have journaled on the photo in the space for the overlay either… but you get the idea.

Creating Custom Overlays for Project Life pocket pages http://www.handstampedstyle.com

Give it a try, get some window sheets and your markers, pens and blendabilities out and HAVE FUN!!  Don’t have these supplies??  Well you can snag them from my STAMPIN’ UP! ONLINE STORE today and remember that you are rewarded for your business with my CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM!!  For every $35 you spend (prior ship/tax) you get a stamp on your REWARD CARD, once your card is full you get a $35 GIFT CERTIFICATE!!

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