Anyone that joined in our LAD: Snowed In on Thursday received a wonderful striped paper as part of their mini yesterday (side note: you can make up Thursdays LAD & still get this mini on Sunday). I love striped papers! Did you know you can easily make your own? All it takes is a little math.
Before we start calculating like wizards, you can skip the whole math process if:
- You like chaos.
- You just want to download the free stripes template below.
I’m going to show the math I used to create the stripes below, if you want more stripes or less stripes simply use a smaller (for more stripes) or bigger (for less stripes) number.
For how unique each scrapbooking kit is, we use a lot of consistent measurements. This helps you, the scrapper, get consistent results on your pages. One of the biggest consistencies is paper, or background, size. We always create at 3600 X 3600 pixels (for 12 X 12 books) at 300 dpi as the industry standard. That makes it easy to make nice, evenly distributed stripes.
I wanted quite a few stripes so I divided 3600 by 39. Why an uneven number? You can do even but then you have different stripes on the top & bottom. With an uneven number you have the same strip beginning & ending, and therefore the same stripe on the top & bottom. I like that look better. 3600 / 39 = 92.31 pixels
Now, let’s put our Math to work! First;
- Open a new document: 3600X3600; 300 dpi.
- Use the Rectangle Tool to draw the first stripe,
using 3600 px for Width; 92 px for Height
- then Duplicate the Rectangle 1 layer by dragging it down to the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette.
note: there are multiple ways to do this, but this is my favorite way.
Once you have all 20 Rectangle Layers, align them all with the bottom of your document. It will look like you have a solitary stripe.
- Select all 20 Rectangle Layers
- Make sure you select the Move Tool
- Click on the Align Bottom Edges icon
Now, scroll up in your layers palette and:
- Select only the very top Rectangle, mine is Rectangle 1 copy 19;
- And the Background layer
- Again, make sure the Move Tool is selected and;
- Click on the Align Top Edges icon
Now, again select ALL the rectangle layers and click on Distribute Vertical Centers.
One last step, with all the rectangles still selected, right-click and choose Merge Shapes. You now have stripes! Time to play!
The easiest thing to do is grab matching cardstocks from your favorite kit or collection. I grabbed two of the cardstocks in Carin Grobe Designs’ Santa Claus is Coming to Town & dragged them both into my document.
I applied a quick Clipping Mask to the top paper…and TaDa! I have stripes!
That’s the easiest way. You can also apply color overlays, use blending modes (try Color Burn), or use patterned papers for a fun, new look.
Try creating more stripes, or less. Try merging & stripes & papers and then using blend modes. The possibilities are endless!
I promised if math wasn’t your thing, you could skip to the end. Well, this is the end. I’ve take the above math & photoshopping and created a simple striped template for you to download. I even went the extra mile & made a second horizontal striped template as well.
Just click to download & enjoy. Have fun!