Crafty Secrets August Linky Party – Welcome Fall Wall Hanging and Tutorial

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Crafty Secrets August Linky Party – Welcome Fall Wall Hanging and Tutorial

Hello, everyone!  Today is very exciting because it’s the first Monday of a new month, and that means two things: 1) I’m officially starting my term on the Crafty Secrets Design Team and 2) We’re having a Linky Party!   This month’s theme is Fall or Back to School, so I went searching and here’s what I came up with:

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I used images from the Fall Digital Printable Sheet for the hanging banner and sunflowers, and the Wheat and Brown Leaves papers from the Thanksgiving collection for the “Welcome” plaque.  The ribbon, eyelets, and flowers are all from my stash.  Here are some close-ups:

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The cool thing is, I was able to re-size the “Fall” letters and sunflower image to exactly the size I needed for this project.  And, when I decided to make the letters dimensional, all I had to do was remove the background (to save on ink – see my tutorial below!), print them again, and fussy cut!  Some Glossy Accents, embossing powder, and foam squares later, and my banner was good to go:

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Now it’s your turn! Visit each of the design team blogs listed below. Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog ( no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, August 17thth. You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along. If you do not have any Crafty Secrets goodies, check the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Crafty Secrets blog. Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree in our online store. Each player who participates will receive a $6 credit to the online store. We’ll be popping by to leave you some lovely comments on your blog post, too. Thanks for playing along, and good luck!

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography

Tutorial: Removing the Background of an Image in Microsoft Word

Working with digital images may seem a little daunting, but I assure you, it’s not difficult.  You don’t need fancy photo editing software of any kind, and I actually prefer using Microsoft Word because it’s so user friendly.  In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I made the dimensional “Fall” banner without using up lots of ink by printing the whole image twice.

First, I sized my images to the dimensions I wanted, then printed them once.  Here’s what they looked like in Word:

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Then, I wanted to print them again so I could fussy cut those lovely letters and pop them up on foam squares.  But, I didn’t want to use up all that ink just to cut away most of the design, so I set about removing the background.  Click on the image you want to edit (I chose the “F”), and then select the “Format” tab.  On the far left, you’ll see a “Remove Background” icon.  Select that.

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Your selected image will turn bright fuchsia.  Don’t be alarmed, just adjust the inner box until it completely surrounds the part of the image you want to keep.  As you can see below, there’s still extra color around the “F” that I don’t want, so I then selected the “Mark Areas to Remove” icon.  Click and drag your mouse to draw lines over the areas you want to remove, and they will disappear. Sometimes a little too much might disappear, so you can choose the “Mark Areas to Keep” icon and reselect parts you want to keep…sometimes it takes a few tries, but don’t give up!

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When it looks like you’ve got everything highlighted the way you want it, select “Keep Changes.”


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The background will disappear and you’re left with just your letter!

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And here are my finished letters:

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As you can see, waaaaay less color, and I can now condense them onto 1 page.  In other words, I use less ink and less paper, and I can still get the dimensional effect I want on my banner.

I hope you enjoyed my first Crafty Secrets project and tutorial!  Please play along with our Linky Party and share all your wonderful creations with us – you have 2 weeks, free downloads to get you started, $6 store credit for participating, and a chance at $50 store credit when you link up your project on the Crafty Secrets blog.  It’s a win x4!

Have a lovely day 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets August Linky Party – Welcome Fall Wall Hanging and Tutorial

  1. Darlene Pavlick says:

    Oh my stars! This is such a FABULOUS Fall wall hanging … great tutorial too! I’ve used that function before but in a slightly different way … learn something new every day! LOL! SO GLAD you are a part of the team … again Welcome and awesome creation!!

  2. brosmother says:

    What a happy, lovely design, Melody! I love it almost as much as I love FALL! 🙂 And I’m super excited that you’re on the team – congratulations!!

  3. Elizabeth Lincoln says:

    absolutely love your project Melody, well done. I am over the moon with your tutorial not only for the information but because you use word. That is what I use so I can assimilate the information with ease. I’ve never used that feature before and appreciate the ink savings.

  4. frougirl3 says:

    whoa! I didn’t have a clue that could be done, thank you for showing the steps and sharing such a great and useful tip! oh and lets not forget the beautiful dimensional end result! awesome!

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