BasicGrey digital meets non-digital girl . . . and a give away too!
Not long ago, when BasicGrey launched their digital collection, I had the opportunity to give it a try. I consider myself digitally challenged but was excited to give it a try and see what I could create. As I shopped, I was really drawn to the quick albums. I love that all of the design work is done for you and that all you do is add photos. I can do that with my limited skills. I really loved that the albums are sized to fit BasicGrey's existing chip albums. You can make an album by simply adding photos, printing the pages, and adhering them to the chip album pages. I love that simplicity!
That was my plan until I started playing with printing on Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas. I decided to print a page from my completed digital album on it and see how it looked. . . it was awesome! I printed all of my pages and had a near instant canvas mini album. After sealing the pages I added a few embellishments and had a finished album in no time flat. And, I have now officially made a hybrid project and I think it turned out pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself!
I have to tell you, I absolutely love printing on Sticky Back Canvas and I think it really is a great compliment to printing digital projects. It comes in two sizes, one of which is 8.5x11 which of course is just right for printing on. I set my printer to the matte photo paper setting and print away. Once the ink seems dry, I seal the printing with Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium. My printer is an ink jet which means the ink isn't permanent on all surfaces. That is definitely the case with fabrics. I use a foam brush to dab the medium onto the canvas surface. If you brush, you could streak the colors so I find a dabbing up and down motion to be just right. Once the medium is dry you can get to work decorating. On my book, I printed my pages so that I could put the pages back to back, making the two sticky sides of the canvas stick together.
So do you think you want to give it a try? If you do, leave me a comment to this post (link is above by the post title). You have until midnight Saturday (May 8th) to comment after which I will randomly draw a name and give that person a $25 coupon code to the BasicGrey digital shop.
PS- The flowers are from Prima's Homespun Bittles Collection. I think they are a great compliment to the canvas texture on the page. The stars are Prima's Galaxy Stars. The felt tree branch and crystal swirls are also by Prima.