Archive for January, 2009

White Background

Now that I have discovered the beauty of patterned paper I rarely use a solid-colored background.  However, the white background for this layout seemed to be perfect.  I traced the circle onto my paper using a plate (any circular item will work).  Then I simply added all the prima flowers with brad centers.  You may want to add an additional page to the back to cover all the brads so they don’t catch on the opposite page when you put it in your scrapbook.  Based on a sketch by Becky Fleck.

Working with dark photos

Dark photos can be difficult to scrapbook.  I have learned the best way to scrap these types of pictures is to start with a dark background and then highlight the photos throughout the layout.  This will give it a dramatic look and your pictures will stand out as opposed to disappearing on the page.  It’s best to keep the matting at 1/16 or 1/8 of an inch.  Mulberry paper added a great touch to the layout below.  I tore an opening in the mulberry paper (use a wet paintbrush or waterbrush to make this easier) creating a frame which I then stitched to my layout.  The dark background works with the darker photo instead of against it, drawing your attention directly to the photo.

Monogram Titles

For a standout title, try using large monogram letters for your entire title.  I used Basic Grey undressed chipboard monograms for these layouts.  (Note: chipboard that is plain and unfinished is often called undressed, bare, or naked.)  For extra letters, you can trace on chipboard and cut them out.  Next, I traced the letters on cardstock, cut out, embellished, and glued to the chipboard.  Be sure to embellish the letters before adhering to the chipboard.  The ways to embellish these monograms are endless.  You can use buttons, brads, eyelets, snaps, rivets, charms, ribbon, fiber, clips, staples, tags, diecuts, etc.  You can also use techniques such as stamping, stitching, inking, distressing, doodling, etc.  My favorite adhesive when using chipboard is Liquid Glass by CTMH.  There is a bit of drying time involved but it will hold forever!

*MY* Ribbon Purse

It’s called a ribbon purse.  I saw something like this while browsing online and decided I could easily make my own.  Of course, I wanted to try it RIGHT NOW.  Luckily for me I found this plastic purse in my daughter’s room and was able to borrow the Big Bite from a friend.  I almost forgot to take a before picture so you can see here that I have already prepped the purse by using a permanent marker to mark where I wanted to punch my holes.

It was a bit tricky to punch near the bottom of the purse but with a little twisting I got the job accomplished.  If you try this I would suggest planning a break because my hand was sore when I was finished from holding the Big Bite (not because it’s hard to punch but because I was holding it upright with the purse wrapped around and underneath it).  Next was the really fun part of stringing all my ribbons through the holes.  I used the 1/8 size hole punch and I like that size.  Most of my ribbons are 3/8 inch wide and they are snug so they won’t fall out but it’s still easy enough to pull them through.  if the majority of your ribbon is over 1/2 inch I would suggest using the 3/16 hole.  I would recommend to start stringing them in the bottom of the purse first and let them hang out until you are finished filling all the holes.  Like this:

Next stuff all the ribbons in the purse and zip it up.  Here is the finished product:

         

This tiny purse holds A LOT of ribbon!  I emptied a large jar and a drawer.  It’s great because it will hang on a doorknob, like my closet so now I have my ribbons out in the open where I can see them and they are more likely to get used rather than forgotten.

Side note: I saw the actual ribbon purse in my local scrapbooking store yesterday by Your Pictured Memories.  I didn’t look at the price but it came empty so I’m sure that it was much more reasonable than the one I saw online.  It is bigger than I thought and if my little homemade one holds all that it does I can’t imagine the amount you could put in this one.  I am tempted to go back and check the price and get it!

Creative Titles

A great way to add creativity to your layout is by mixing and matching elements within your title as you can see on my layout below.  “The” = alphabet buttons, “Thrill” = sizzlits alphabet diecuts, “of the” = stamping, “HUNT” = stencils.  For the letters of the word “hunt” I used a package of stencils by tracing them onto my patterned paper, cut out, matted on cardstock, and embellished.  Paper is by DCWV.  Machine stitching adds great detail to the layout.

(click on the picture for a closer look at the layout)