Friday, March 14, 2014

Tutorial: A CD-ROM Tour

This week our CD-ROM specialist was working ahead on some Christmas cards and thought she would put together a tutorial on navigating the Crafter's Companion CD-ROM products using the Christmas in Mulberry Wood CD-ROM
If you haven't used the Crafter's Companion CD-ROMs, here's a peek into how they work.  Stephanie started with the section called *Toppers*.  Each Design has a single page of images to print (so no paper is wasted.  This image comes from the Design 4 files.
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When you choose an image from the screen, a PDF file opens.
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Because the pages are sized for traditional paper sizes found in the UK, Stephanie used the Resize/Position button on the bottom left to make it fit on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.  You just slide each margin to the size you want (she uses 3cm at the bottom and 1cm on each margin.
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The next step she shows is finding coordinating pattern paper to use on the card.  One of the nice things about using the CD-ROM, the images and papers match perfectly.  
First you choose a pattern design that you like (don't worry what color it shows in the sample because you can change the color).  She chose the diagonal plaid in Design 9.
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When you choose the paper, it then gives you multiple color choices for your paper design.
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 Stephanie selected the gray & red plaid to coordinate with the sweet little puppy dog and red mailbox image.
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Because she wasn't worried about the sides or bottom of an image being cropped when it prints, she didn't adjust the margins for paper so the printer would  fill in as much of the printed page as possible with the paper design.  And here is her finished card using both the paper and Mulberry Woods image.
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The she added a sentiment circle from the Sentimentals stamp set - Jingle Bells was stamped in Charcoal Chalk ink and punched out with a 1 3/4" circle and finished with some red pearls to accent the snowflakes.

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