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transparencies

Hebe Ambler See-through sentiments

Join Hebe Ambleras she explores the fantastic effects achieved with transparencies, and discovers the multitude of uses that this simple material has to offer...

Transparencies have been around for a long time but have recently become very hip, with relatively new company Hambly Studios producing bright and innovative designs that have taken the scrapbooking world by storm. The main advantage of transparencies is how easy it is to layer them over photos, patterned papers or cardstock to change the look of both the transparency and what is underneath. You can layer them directly over each other, or use spacers to hold them away to allow items to be sandwiched between to give extra depth.

The many uses Transparencies can be a good way to frame a photo that has a distracting background but which cannot be cropped down squarely. Play around with different transparencies to find one that fits. They can also be used to highlight your photo, without making the page too busy. Some transparencies are even designed so that they can be used as the basis for a layout. There are spaces for photos, pre-printed words or titles, and they will need little extra embellishment. Many transparencies are also very adaptable to being cut up and used in smaller sections for over a photo, as a border or in any way that suits the page. One of the most useful purposes of transparencies is for adding printed journaling to a layout, which can be tricky without the use of a large format printer. However, if you have printed onto a transparency you can move it around your layout, to see where it fits best before attaching it. You can do the same with a journaling block stamped onto a transparency, handwritten and attached to your layout. With the wide variety of digital elements available to download it’s also easy to print your own transparencies, sized and arranged perfectly to fit your layouts. Printable transparencies have one side that’s

slightly rougher than the other to allow the ink to adhere to it. This side is more prone to fingerprints than a standard transparency, so it may be worth printing your photo or text in mirror image so that the rougher side will be on the back and will be handled less.

How to make it stick As transparencies are clear any adhesive you use will show through, so be creative with how you attach them to your layout or project. Here are some ideas:

• Eyelets

• Hand sewing

• Machine stitching • Staples • Paper clips • Brads (if you’re attaching it to something that’s opaque) • Clear glue or glaze

You could also try hiding the adhesive with an embellishment, or punching holes in the edge of the transparency and the cardstock beneath then tying them together. Invisi Dots for Vellum are also an option, as they are good for attaching a transparency to opaque layers.

Top tip

If you’re using handwritten journaling, lay a scrap of transparency over where you want it to be placed and write on the transparency first, to work out where it will all fit. If you use a water-based OHP pen you can easily erase and write it again until you have it right, then copy the spacing directly onto your layout

Stockists • Transparencies are available from Hambly Studios, wwwwww..hhaammbbllyyssttuuddiiooss..ccoommand Autumn Leaves, wwwwww..aauuttuummnnlleeaavveess..ccoomm • Creative Imaginations transparencies are available at wwwwww..mmeemmoorryykkeeeeppssaakkeess..ccoo..uukk • Acetate and frosted acetate is available from wwwwww..ppddaaccaarrddaannddccrraafftt..ccoo..uukk • Printable transparencies are available from WHSmith • Self-adhesive printable acetate is available at wwwwww..ccrraaffttyyccoommppuutteerrppaappeerr..ccoo..uukk

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