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Scrapbook Canvases, 3 ways

My pastor sends out a daily email newsletter that usually includes some thought to keep in mind throughout the day.  A thought he included in a newsletter last fall really struck home for me, and I knew immediately I wanted to preserve it on a canvas. Since they were his words, I thought he should get a canvas too.  And because I was going to make multiples, I thought I would do each one a little differently.

I wanted to give him a "traditional" scrapbook canvas - that is to say, scrapbooking paper adhered to a 6x8 canvas - because I wanted the texture of *real* paper.  I thought that would look nice sitting on his desk or shelf (or wherever it ends up).

I figured I would take this opportunity to try getting a canvas printed at Artscow (referral link), and when I went to order, they were having a special on canvases, so I ended up ordering two different images (with free shipping! Nice!)  For these two "digi" canvases, I created two different images in Photoshop Elements.

I am very pleased with how the Artscow canvases turned out, and plan to order others in the future. The colors were very true to what I saw on my monitor, with nice crisp images.

Here are my three versions.


^^ Traditional paper ^^

^^ Digital printed on canvas #1 ^^

Digi credits:

Background: Cherry Cheesecake kit by A Work in Progress (Vicki Parker)
Pattern paper "under" quote: Digital Scrapbook Day kit by Corina Nielsen
Grunge Photo Mask by Jessica Sprague
photo taken during my husband & son's hiking trip at Philmont

^^ Digital printed on canvas #2 ^^

Digi credits:

Background: Cherry Cheesecake kit by A Work in Progress (Vicki Parker)
Pattern paper: Evoking Damask kit by Joyful Heart Designs (Jennifer Howland), and Digital Scrapbook Day kit by Corina Nielsen
Clipping Mask from Crumpled Old Cardstock AddOn by Debra Tope

A couple of notes on the canvases - the canvas face is 5x7, but they do wrap the edges around.  To compensate for that when creating my digital image, I made my Photoshop canvas/image 6.5x8. That left enough room for wrap, and put the image right in the middle of the canvas.

Part of the quote/wordart on the sunflower canvas was VERY small, which was my misjudgment, in creating the image.  Just something to keep in mind - if something looks too small to read in your order preview, it probably will be too small once it's printed. Fortunately I'm keeping that one for myself, and I already know what the quote says.  ;) I may also "alter" it, and cover up the part that is too small with some embellishement like ribbon, then print out that bit and adhere it at the top, like I did with the traditional canvas.

In case the quote is too small for you to read...

"Look for those good things that do not scream for our attention, but quietly proclaim God is with us."

~ Pastor Gary Blakeman


Fun Mama - Deanna

Wow. The canvases are very cool. Thanks for sharing your tips and your experience with Artscow. I've been wanting to do a scrapbook canvas myself.

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