A few TpT friends have asked me about how I make my frames, so I thought I’d blog about it for Tried it Tuesday. I have read this about many of you and I am the SAME way: frame and paper ADDICTED! Some women collect shoes, some women collect clothes, and others collect knick-knacks. *I* collect CLIP ART. I hoard it like people on Doomsday Preppers hoard home-canned meat. I back it up in my Google Drive and then back it up again in Dropbox. I can’t stop!
Now that I’ve been making papers and frames (MOSTLY FRAMES) it’s like I can’t stop. I’ll start on another project (I have several ELA projects going on right now) and then I’ll need a certain frame with a certain look in a certain size, so back to Adobe Illustrator I go. Four hours later, I’ve got several new frames made and NO work done on my actual project. *sigh* I need a ten-step program!
I first tried making things in Adobe Photoshop, but I couldn’t make it do the things I needed it to do. I’m *SO* glad I tried Illustrator! With the paintbrush tool, this program makes everything I do look GREAT. Actually, I don’t know if it’s even CALLED the paintbrush tool, but it looks like a paintbrush so I call it that. I got started with this tutorial, so if you’re curious about whether or not you can do this, I suggest starting here:
All of her videos are FABULOUS and I recommend watching everything she’s done for Illustrator.
The only thing I really did differently from her was use the paintbrush tool I spoke about above instead of the pen tool that she uses. I *tried* using the pen tool, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. So once you’ve had enough of that pen tool, click the paintbrush and you’ll be in HEAVEN. It takes every stroke you make and fancifies it. It fancifies it so much that I had to make a new word to describe it! I just use my mouse and make the strokes over and over until I like how it looks. After making 1/4 of a frame, I reflect it to make a half, group it, and reflect it to make the other half, just as she does in the tutorial.
Here are some of my favorite frames. I especially like the one I used for the title frame. Notice the smooth strokes I spoke about! (This is coming from a girl who can’t make a stick figure look nice!)
Learning Illustrator is definitely time consuming. You’ll DEFINITELY get frustrated and mess some things up before you totally get the hang of it. But the absolute BEST part of my new “ability” is the ability to throw something together (if it’s SIMPLE, lol) when I’m working on a project instead of spending hours on TpT and Etsy looking for just the right shape, color, or design. Today I wanted to revamp my “I Can Statement” Posters. I found some AWESOME wrapping paper at Target to use as bulletin board backing and I needed a background that was simple, pretty, and NOT in color. I also needed a frame that was the RIGHT size – perfect for a half sheet hot-dog style – and just a little bit fancy. Here’s what I threw together:
OH! And here’s one more product that I’m *really* excited about the frame I made!
If, like me, you’ve got a little YOU time this summer and want to learn something new, I highly recommend Adobe Illustrator! Thanks to youtube, we can learn just about anything we want to these days.
WARNING: IT’S HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!