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Printed Canvas Background by Lisa Truesdell 03/04/2010

Happy Wednesday!! I'm here today with a fun way to use the iron on transfer paper and canvas that comes in the Patchwork add-on.

I started by choosing a few pieces of Alex's schoolwork and scanning them. I tried to find pieces with different colors and designs. Once they were scanned, I opened a blank 8.5x11in document and combined bits and pieces of each into one document. I knew I was going to place a 4x6 photo of the left side of the canvas, so I made sure to keep my favorite bits and pieces - like his signature and drawing - visible.

The next step is to flatten all of the layers and flip the document. I used PSE 7 for this - I went to the image menu and then "flip horizontal"

I printed the document on regular paper, just to get a sense of how it would look on the page and make sure everything was correct. I sized the image down 1/2in on both sides, just to make sure nothing would be cut off.

Since I was happy with the image, I loaded the iron on transfer paper into my printer and printed the image again. I then followed the directions to iron the image onto the canvas in Patchwork. The higher contrast pieces worked best - I found that Alex's pencil diagrams on green construction paper didn't transfer as well as I would have liked.

I stitched the canvas in place on a piece of vanilla cardstock, and then added a title, and some patterned paper and veneer accent from the Wedding Ring Add-On. I also stamped journaling lines with the notebook paper stamp (perfect for the theme of the page!) using Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.

To create these star accents, I punched scrap paper with the Fiskars Twinkle Twinkle punches in Med and XL. I attached the scrap paper to the back of the veneer from Wedding Ring and then cut around them. I stapled them with my Tiny Attacher and attached to the page using glue dots.

I added a bit more stitching and some of the Studio Calico patterned paper from the main kit (it's sold out, but you can still get it in the more patterned paper add-on) to finish the page.

I also used the iron on transfer paper for my banner, but once again, not with a photo - I scanned vintage ledger paper. I hope this inspires you to think beyond photos for using the iron on transfer paper from Patchwork- there are so many fun ways to use it.

PS : Even after both of these projects, I still have good sized pieces of all of the fabrics left, and I haven't even touched the Making Memories felt accents or the satin ribbon that comes with Patchwork. I love that I still have enough leftovers to do even more projects!