So to fix that... I copied the paper I used in the background, flipped it on it's side with my cursor and shrunk it down a bit. This gave me the contrast I was looking for and definitely made the cute scallopped sides stand out better. I really liked how that framed in the brown, so I moved on...
This distressed element actually had a tab in the top corner that I didn't want to use, so I cropped it out. I also stretched and elongated this element to fit the space... I love how easy that function is in Scrapbook Max. All you do is drag and pull with your cursor, its' super easy!
Because I had cropped off the "recipe tab" on the last step, I had to add something else to put the recipe title on. I really liked these colored tabs... but they were too short so I stretched them out. I usually ALWAYS layer elements like this together when the designer gives them to me in a variety of colors. I think it adds depth and interest to any project. I know it looks funny with the holes stretched out, but don't worry... I'm getting there!
To cover my unsightly holes... I added a grouping of flowers. In the kit, they are the same size, but I made the yellow one a bit smaller to get a more "layered" look. Again, super easy. All I'm doing is pulling the graphic with my cursor to make it bigger... or pushing it in with my cursor to make it smaller. Then I added a cute button on top. I want to mention that as I added each element to this project, there is an option to add a "shadow"... always go for the shadow. It gives your project depth and dimension. If you don't shadow anything, it will look flat (and boring).
In this next step, I started what's called, "clustering"... which is basically taking a bunch of little elements and clustering or layering them together. In Scrapbook Max there are some very easy icons on the main menu bar that allow me to pull elements on top of other graphics or push them behind. As I added each ribbon, I played around with my "send to back" and "bring to front" icons until each ribbon looked like it was where it was supposed to be. If you take a quick peek at my blog header... I did a ton of "clustering" to achieve that look. Same exact process, easy.
In one of my final steps, I added longer ribbon to frame in my card. I could have kept going, but I was happy with it at this point so I stopped and started working with my text.
I am a believer that font selection seals the deal... so I combed through my collection to find exactly what I was looking for... Cafe Rojo for the title and Cool Dots for the rest!
Here's a blank one for you... this version has a lighter colored tag to write your recipe title on. Just click to enlarge, right click and "save file as". Feel free to print some if you'd like OR upload them into your favorite digital program and customize them with your own fun fonts and recipes!
This project has me dying to give my current recipe box a face lift... guess what I'll be doing this weekend?
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