DIY Acetate Sheets! (Echo Park This & That)

Hi Everyone
I am a little bit excited about this post today! I tried this technique and it worked like a dream first time – and as anyone who crafts even just a little bit will tell you – that doesn’t happen very often!

I have used some digital files and printable transparencies to create my own acetate sheets to co-ordinate with the Echo Park This & That Charming Collection.
This and That Charming Mini Cards

These cards were created using mainly the 6×6 paper pad, chipboard, and the Primer and Yardsticks papers.

Once I had the transparencies printed they were easy to cut with my trimmer and really become the feature of these very simple cards. The buttons from the chipboard set are a great little accent and I cut words using Spellbinders from the Primer paper. 
Create Your Own Custom Overlays

Overlays/transparencies are pretty hot in the scrapbooking world, but it’s really easy to make your own – and with awesome companies like Echo Park and Pink Paislee releasing digital versions of their products – it’s easy too.

For these shown below I used graphics from the This and That Charming Element Packs One and Two.

All you need to do is use ANY graphics program to create a page using the digital images and print using your home printer.

If you are under 30 you might well have no clue what OHP transparencies are – but they are basically acetate sheets that you printed your presentations onto to show on an overhead projector – in the olden days before laptops were invented! Try looking for them in the bargain bin in your stationary store – though most will still have them for sale individually too.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.

They are protected by Copyright and the links in the post above will direct you to where you can buy them.

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  • Reply The Farris Family April 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply cassie April 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Great idea! I've got some transparencies, but they seem thin. I may have to look for some thicker ones. Thanks for the inspiration

    • Reply Lowri April 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Hi Cassie and thanks for your comment!
      Mine were preety thin – quite a bit thinner than the commercial scrapbooking 12×12 sheets – but it works great for little cards like this or for layering etc.
      Give it a go – it's a fun project to try!

  • Reply Sabr April 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    omg awesome technique!! totally going to have to try tis!!!

  • Reply lutingobelin April 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    lovely cards ! I love this transparency cover

  • Reply Bee Burg April 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Great idea!! :-)

  • Reply furrypig April 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    great idea for acetates thanks for the inspiration

  • Reply Monika Wright April 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Love it, Lowri! I remember hop's os so well!

  • Reply Ruth G April 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Cool! Great idea of how to use the digital files!
    Ah, yes! Transparencies! And then there were the wax pencils you used to need so you could write on them!

  • Reply WillieburgScrapper April 6, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    This is TOPS!! I LOVE these cards and the camera transparency is so awesome! SO AWESOME!!! Thanks for the heads up on the This & That digi files as well- I love that line and having the flexibility of digi is fantastic!

  • Reply Nina Yang April 6, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    This is so fun! Can't wait to try it!

  • Reply Danee April 7, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    I've printed on transparencies before but never though to do it as you did with the actually digital papers. I cannot wait to try it- I"m addicted to Rhonna Farrers images and have a bunch so tomorrow I am doing to try this. Your cards are really adorable adorable.

  • Reply Kate Vickers April 9, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Great idea! I love how you have used the transparencies. I have used this technique a couple of times, but in a different way.

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  • Reply Lauras Crafty Life April 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    This is a great idea! Do you know, can you do it with an inkjet printer or only a laser printer? I would think with an inkjet, it might smudge the ink on there!

    • Reply Lowri April 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Hi Laura – sorry for not replying earlier – I only just saw this comment in my spam folder :-(

      The transparencies I used were clearly marked for use with an inket printer only – which is fine as that is what I have! I am not sure if you can get laser transparencies too – but someone else commented below in great detail!!
      Lowri :-)

  • Reply jusaweecatnap April 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    A heads up about transparencies. Some are made for laser printers, some for inkjet. Make sure you get ones that match your printer type. You can also use a photocopier to print on them. This was a standard procedure in offices that created overhead presentations. Again, it is critical to use the correct type for the copier you are using. Put the wrong type in, and it could melt, and require the services of a repair person. Just saying. Been there. Laser printers and copiers use a powder that is embossed on the plastic with heat, so they have to hold up to heat. The inkjet variety have to be able to absorb the ink without letting it smear. Different plastic.

  • Reply Hester April 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Thank you, this is a cool tip.

  • Reply Cassie Box April 14, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    This is fantastic! I have tried printing on the OHP pages before and my ink rubs off. I am doing something wrong, clearly. Yours are fabulous. <3

    • Reply Lowri April 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      You do ned the right ones for your type of printer (and to print on the right side) It won't work with blank acetate – tried that and just got a big ole mess!

  • Reply Sandy Ang April 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    So cool to make your own transparencies. Wonder if there's a specific brand you use as the stores here don't have any there's meant to be used with inkjet printers.

  • Reply Leah Crowe July 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Fantastic tip Lowri!! I hope I can find something that works for me here, would love to be able to do this! Loving your cards!

  • Reply soapHOUSEmama July 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    ooooooooooh, I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply ~Kathy November 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Anyone tried just copying the matching paper onto the transparencies? I have several card making friends who are not so computer literate… I'm thinking you could put a piece of DP in your printer/copier and copy onto clear sheet…
    I'm loving digital images for two reasons in particular… Being able to size the images and not having stamping booboos that waste paper!…; )
    But not everyone wants to spend the money on the images (I personally think they're a great value)… Nor do they have the knowledge to use a graphics program…. Those of us who use them frequently and well have a tendency to think everyone else has and knows how to use a graphics program….; )
    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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