February TUT/TECH Challenge – Paperclip

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  • #53535
    Cassel
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    The Campus is the perfect place to learn more about photo editing, various techniques, or PSP in general.

    This challenge will give you an opportunity to practice some of those techniques or use some tools.

    This month’s Tut/Tech Challenge is to use a paperclip. There are different types of paperclips but the idea is to practice modifying the paperclip to show part of it on top and part of it under the papers or other elements you want to fasten.

    HERE is the tutorial on how to do it.

    If you want some paperclips, you can find some on PixelScrappers, and some on the blog too.

    You can also grab these paperclips on the store blog HERE.

     

    #53615
    Sue Thomas
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    The paper clips are my own, which I  created a  long time ago using Carole’s tutorial in the creative scrap.  I colourise them and add motifs to them to suite the project.  Looking forward to Spring and summer, as winters are always long here.  I used water colour brushes to create the background paper.   The frames  and  folded edge paper,  also created  using   tutorials in the creative scrap, a long time ago.  I save then as png’s.  I’ve created quite a few labels, usually seasonal ones, this is an old one too, which I colourised.  The pin  is mine, and I added an element to the top. Carole, I don’t know if you can see from the  image, as it’s been greatly reduced, but I noticed that when I move the promoted layer below layers, there’s a very thin white line (gap).  Now then it  never used to do that.  To hide it on the heart, I cloned the white line out. All the settings are what I always use.

    #53618
    Sheila Hogg
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    Lovely work as always Sue. We are over a really cold snap for the UK, nothing like you get but I looked around the garden today and the Violets are out and the bulbs are coming up so, won’t be long now till Spring.

    #53619
    Cassel
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    Cristina, I have noticed that and it seems to be a bit more obvious when you resize the image. How is it on the full-size?

    #53620
    Sue Thomas
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    It’s barely noticeable, but there.   It never used to do that.  Of course when I zoom right in, it’s very noticeable.  Noone other than myself would see it.

    #53622
    Sue Thomas
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    Sheila, I’m green with envy,   my daughter in Haverfordwest  has had snowdrops in flower for a while,  all the bulbs are through, looks like she’ll have Daffs in flower for St David’s Day.

    Thank you for your kind words on the page,  it always  means a great deal.  It’s more of  a scrapbook layout,  than my usual  LOs.  I enjoy doing  the odd scrapbook page, particularly the scavenger hunt challenges, creating elements.

    #53862
    Sue Thomas
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    You asked to create a page to include a paperclip Carole!   Well here are some paperclips (6 of them  lol ).  I used the same paperclip I created and used in the previous project.   I colourised it. I should have used a little shadowing and  feathering on the shadows on  the ribbon, where I  threaded the paperclips through. I used the push tool.I can always go back at  a later date to finish the job properly. I was focusing on the challenge in hand.  In my opinion, the techniques used  are fundamental in creating otherwise flat looking  pages. There are also other techniques, but  these really do create a 3D effect.

    #53883
    Annie Tobin
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    Beautiful page Sue … beautiful flowers and terrific paper clips, well done my friend. I do love the Wordsworth quote. <3

    #53884
    Annie Tobin
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    Lovely finches Sue, I never get tired of seeing your bird projects … truly delightful. Great work on the paperclips my friend. <3

    #53888
    Sue Thomas
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    Thank you so much Annie for you kind words.  I’ve been a bit quiet this past week or so, the weather has improved, between zero and plus 4, which  is a welcome  break in the long winter.  I’ve been outside more than in.  I’ve noticed that the birds have been very vocal, and the sparrows are cleaning out old nests, I wonder if they know something I don’t, like an early Spring.  You are going into Autumn.  Take care, and thank you my friend.

    #53898
    Anne Lamp
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    I have been thinking about doing this challenge and finally finished it.  The frame and paperclips are all from Pixel Scrappers. The background color is from the Tarnished Trumpet colors.  The pictures including the frosty window are mine.

     

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Anne Lamp.
    #53903
    Corrie Kinkel
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    Here is my Paperclip Challenge. We have had a cold spell with a lot of snow for Dutch circumstances. It has been many years ago that we had so much snow. The whole country came to a stand still  for a couple of days, no newspapers, no deliveries, no trains, no bus services, the garbage was not collected! I know for many of you this sounds ridicules!!! So I made this impression of our winter with paperclips added.

    #53904
    Corrie Kinkel
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    Sorry I forgot to mention the font is Snow Bold which was a free one from Creative Fabrica some time ago. The 2 bottom paperclips are from Pixelscrappers and the Sunday one is from Carole as is the blue matt. The background I made using the Kaleidoscope. The little watercolor snowflakes are picturetubes.

    #53907
    Sue Thomas
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    My Red Poll Finches have left, I haven’t seen them all day.  I suspect that they have started their  journey north to their nesting grounds.   I’m sad to see them go, but  those that migrated south for the winter, many have already started their long flight back.   A simple layout using one of the paper clips I made some time ago, I colourised it  Tarnished trumpet.  The background paper is the main photo,  overlay, the laced paper is   the main photo,  radial  blur, and twirl.  I made the  mask which I used, using one of Carole’s  lace fonts.  I’ve included it for anyone who would like to download it and use.  All you have to do is  go to  layers,  new mask layer, from image. Make sure you open it in psp first. The page isn’t very sharp, as the main photo was large, and by the time I got it down  around 600 pixels to post, the quality  diminished greatly.

    #53908
    Sue Thomas
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    Corrie, what a lovely snow page.  You can keep the snow, I have more than enough here.

    Anne,  lovely photos.  I can’t wait for winter to give way to Spring, but I know for a fact, I’m going to have to wait quite a while before I see any green grass.

    #53912
    Sue Thomas
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    I haven’t seen the Red Poll Finches today, I suspect that they have  left  for their breeding ground up north. I created the mask, if anyone would like to download it to use.  I used one of Carole’s lace fonts.  Open it  in psp, then  go to layers, new mask layer, from image. I used the original  photo in the background paper, overlay, the laced paper radial blur, twirl. The paperclip, it another one I made some time ago.  Colourised it added text.  For the outer frame, I used the original photo, paste into selection,  blur, inner bevel.

    #53916
    Lynda DiGregor
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    Finally, here it is. Not elaborate but it is what it is.

    #53928
    Lynda DiGregor
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    Sue,

    Your red finch layout is very pretty. Great job!

    Lynda

    #53934
    Sue Thomas
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    Lynda,
    Thank you, it’s kind of you to say  so.  There are so many wonderfully inspirational pages posted.  I love your page,  with the lifted samples.  I love that script.  Great job on  the perspective effect on room. The skirtin  board is a great addition.

    #53946
    Minka
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    A while back I bought a new box of paperclips for my desk. I believe it had 250 or so in it. I poured them into a decorative bowl and put them on my desk. Then I started to sew and needed better light, so moved the machine to my desk. Not thinking, I reached for a pin (they were also poured into a decorative bowl) I hit the paper clip bowl by accident and it flew off my desk and proceeded to scatter those paper clip seven ways to Sunday. I never knew paper clips could fly all around a room like that!
    Took me forever to pick them up. Have never put them on my desk since. You want a paper clip now, you have to go to the bottom drawer and open the box! LOL

    #53949
    Michele
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    You made me laugh, Minka. At least you didn’t knock over the bowl with the pins or you would still be picking them up!

    #53953
    Sheila Hogg
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    My paperclip result. Two lovely dogs who are no longer here, brother and sister Eric and Maisie who belonged to a very good friend of mine. Both bonkers which Boxers can be but very affectionate. The paperclips I made, not sure abbout the pin, think that came with PSP. I used all my own created background papers and the trick with the paperclips but the real challenge was the shadowing with them. Not perfect but not too bad either. The font was DreamOrphans-Bold Italic but not sure whose. TFL.

     

    Sheila

    #53955
    Corrie Kinkel
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    Lovely paperclips ladies. Minka you made me laugh. In the past I have done something similar but with pins, we found some of them month later!

    #53957
    Annie Tobin
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    • Superfan

    Anne, Corrie, Sue, Lynda, Minka and Sheila … lovely work on the paper clips ladies, well done. As I said in a previous post I am really loving the edit selection tool … one of my favourites with PSP. You Go Girls! ;D

    #53958
    Mary Solaas
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    • Junior

    Sue, I just wanted to say that I really loved your project with the red finch – really beautiful. Thank you for your offer of your lace-edged mask. I am working on birthday and anniversary cards and it can really come in handy. Also, thanks for your description of how you did your mask. Can’t thank you enough.

    Thanks to all of your for your beautiful layouts – I am really glad to belong to this group. I wanted to comment last night on each of your projects, but when I went to a previous page, my post had been deleted. Just want to tell each of you that you have some lovely designs. I remember Lynda’s Fresh Market which was wonderful bulletin board. I believe Minka had something also that i really liked before I lost my post.

    March starts this Monday. What are you doing in February really brought a lot of people in including some of the Tut/Tech Challenge. I believe this post really belongs in that forum, but here I am just before going to sleep. Supposed to get my second Covid vaccine tomorrow morning early and i sure don’t want to miss it. So, Good Night, Ladies!

    #53960
    Annie Tobin
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    The paperclips are all from PixelScrapper.  The photos courtesy of Australian Geographic.  The background paper, note paper, cut-out title and butterfly word cloud are my own.  The proverb I snitched from the net.  I did play around with the lightness and darkness to imitate the impressions made from the paper clips … I think there is a lot of room for improvement with that particular technique!  Thanks for takin a peek.  ;D

    #53961
    Annie Tobin
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    Mary, thank you for your lovely comments and with your enthusiasm and respect you will be greatly appreciated on this forum. Sleep tight sweet cheeks! ;D

    #53965
    Sue Thomas
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    Beautiful butterfly layout Annie, we have the tiger swallowtail, same shape but no where near as colourful as these.

    #53973
    Minka
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    I am not a “scrapbook-er” as you all have probably deduced by now … LOL … but I do so love to try stuff and also to SEE where everyone else went with it. Some of you long time folks on here are, quite frankly, fun to watch – as you often generously tell how you got your result. Also because you are all so gracious in handing out complimentary remarks even when improvement could be made. I think that is what I like so much about being here. The learning process is ALWAYS filled with improvements needed. That’s all throughout life, I think. Nobody is ever perfect and one should never quit learning. But to find a place that’s rich in talent and long in compliment is a joy and well worth the price of admission! There are tons of uses for PSP besides scrapbook or tags, and I have a little niche in that where I plunk myself. This has been a great way to learn in a fun environment. I must admit, I also tune in to loads of the YouYube webinars on tv. Great thing about that, too, is the ability to go back and watch something over and over again … or even watch on the computer and have the ability to do a quick screenshot of the settings so you can log them with a technique. You can even see our Carole there. 🙂 I truly enjoy all of you and it’s always a treat to come online and as Annie T says … “take a peek!”.

    I love castles … and if I ever get to Europe I want to see as many as I can! Europe has so much more “history” than we do. Not that we don’t have some of our own … but theirs is so much more documented and visible. I am envious of that. 🙂 Who wouldn’t want to see that?

    #53997
    Michele
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    Minka, you have expressed so very well how I, and many of us, I’m sure, feel about the Campus. <3

    I love your page. The window is fabulous and the colors are wonderful.

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