Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Paper Collection: Fairy Belle

It's been a bit hard keeping this little project under wraps! But now the time has come that I can reveal all!  ... I'm talking about my new paper collections with Prima Marketing!  Yes, one of the most gorgeous and inspiring paper crafting companies on the planet today .... Isn't that just SOOO exciting?!!  Too exciting for words!

 ♥ ♥ Flowers and ribbons and vintage, oh my!   ♥ ♥

Me thinks it is somewhat of a match made in heaven! I have always LOVED Prima, and all their amazing products. They really are leaders in their industry for creating the most innovative paper and silk flowers to hit the planet, aren't they? And then with the introduction of the very talented IOD ladies a few years back, they kicked off some really cutting edge designs that took the paper crafting industry by storm.  And no wonder ... Prima's creative director (Tami) has such a talent and reputation for being so open to trying new and exciting creative ideas ... I love that! 

I am grateful to Tami for believing in the Jodie Lee brand, and inviting me to team up with Prima to bring you some incredible new designs!  I was thrilled when Prima approached me (over two years ago now) to create some collections for them ... and these collections are the result of lots of hard work, long sleepless nights and well... rather sore hands from drawing an incredible amount of detail with a mouse!! :) ... I know, I know, I need to drag out the graphics tablet and learn how to finally use it.

I think you'll agree when you see these collections in person that these are my best to date. The detail is sometimes lost here in the web previews, so do be sure to try to see them in person. They are being launched at the CHA convention (happening as I write),  and they should be making their way to a store near you within the next few weeks, months. Do be sure to get in FAST to put an order in on this collection with Prima or your local scrapbooking store before they sell out ... because they will go fast!  

The first collection I'm showing you today is called 'Fairy Belle.'   The name was inspired by an antique song sheet in my collection, titled by the same name.  It fits perfectly with the little 'stars' on this line - an amazing collection of beautiful hand-drawn images of Ballerinas from the last century. I sourced these rare images from the Victoria and Albert museum in London and approached them to license them for a scrapbook collection. They were delighted, and so I got to work building up some very detailed decorative floral scenes using hundreds of antique flower images in my collection. And if you're wondering, yes, I was greatly inspired by the Mary Cicely Barker 'Flower Fairies' drawings :) ... I've always been such a big fan of hers since I was a little girl (thanks Mum! :)

Some of these papers took weeks to create, with hundreds of different textural layers.  I had to restore the images of the ballerinas from the originals, which had faded and gotten a little moldy :) I wanted to bring them back to life for the world to see :) ... so I hope you like the results :) .... The ballerina images hail from the romantic period when Ballet was at it's height and ballerinas were often cast into ethereal type roles and seen as other worldly (fairies, goddesses etc).   Prima added the titles to the papers and the product description - 'Prima's own midsummer night's dream'. That's one interpretation. This collection can be anything you want it to be. That's the power of fantasy!

Ok, let's take a look.  Here are the original images that I had to work with ....

And here are the papers I created from these images (front and back). Make sure you click on the image to see the larger preview with all the details!

Here are some pretty chipboard stickers to match ...

... and some journalling chipboard pieces ...

... here are some sweet note cards ...

... and here are some pretty clear stamps and a set of cling mount rubber stamps

Prima have added their own amazing embellishments to this collection ... these are just BEAUTIFUL!!

A4 paper packs, and 6x6 mulberry paper packs are also available!

Well, there we have it. The new Fairy Belle Collection by Jodie Lee for Prima. Hope you enjoy it. Retailers can order the items from the Prima website hereThey will be sold online and throughout local stores soon!! Make sure you ask your local scrapbook store to order this gorgeous new collection.

I look forward to posting some layouts and other projects created with this collection soon ... and please, DO leave a comment here to let me know what you think of the new collection! Your comments and feedback are really important and I want to know what YOU think about these collections, because I spent a lot of time making them for you! ... and Prima has done an incredible job on manufacturing these amazing goodies! :)

stay tuned when tomorrow I show you 'Nature Garden'.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Create Your Own Printable Scrapbook Papers: 135 Vintage Designs for Use with Photoshop Elements by Jodie Lee Patterson

Look what has arrived ... personal copies of my new design book, just released with Dover Publications!
There are 135 perfectly repeating digital patterns included in this book/CD, created from some of Dover's most beautiful antique design motifs. And guess what? They are all ROYALTY-FREE! That's right, you can use these ready-made designs for any of your personal or commercial creations. Image files are provided in JPEG, PNG, and TIFF formats.  The patterns range from basic spots, stripes, checks, hearts and Fleur-de-lis, up to more complicated vintage floral and damask patterns. Easy tutorials are included on how to add your own colors and textures to the designs to create an infinite range of possibilities, then print out at home! This is a fantastic design resource that will save you hours of work, and one that you will come back to time after time!

Note: Photoshop Elements is not included. You will need either Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, or any graphic editing program that can edit JPEG, PNG, and TIFF files to create and print your own papers.

You can purchase my new book on the Dover website HERE, or on Amazon (click the link below):

Want an AUTOGRAPHED COPY? You can purchase one here below with Paypal. Your book will be sent to the address you have on file with Paypal. Postage is included in the pull-down menu. Simply choose whether you will be purchasing within the U.S. or Internationally.
Create Your Own Printable Scrapbook Papers: 135 Designs for Use with Photoshop Elements 
by Jodie Lee Patterson