Posted in Scrapbook Pages on 04/25/2012 12:00 am by Wendy
Supplies used: Unknown paper from my stash, CTMH Flower Brads (retired), and Paper Studio Flocked Alphabet Stickers.
All of the layouts that I am posting this week were done at a scrapbook retreat last weekend. Some I really like, some not so much…but all are finished pages!
Posted in Scrapbook Pages on 04/23/2012 12:00 am by Wendy
Supplies used: Splendor Paper Pack (retired), Splendor Stickease (retired), and Autumn Harvest Brads (retired).
I just love this layout! Using a sketch from Cherish and coordinating papers and stickers made it come together perfectly.
Posted in Scrapbook Pages on 04/05/2012 12:00 am by Wendy
Sometimes we purchase a stack or pack of scrapbook paper where every sheet isn’t a favorite, or maybe we’ve had something in our stash forever and our tastes have changed. I have found that I don’t like now what I liked years ago. What do we do with scrapbook paper that we don’t like? The current Use it or Lose it Challenge is to alter paper. This is a great technique to use up some of that not-so-loved paper.
There are so many things you can do to alter paper. Here are some ideas:
- if it is double-sided, flip it over and use the back.
- break it up into smaller pieces. I don’t care for busy patterns but they are better in smaller doses.
- Stamp on it to add design or color
- use a sketch you love
- add embellishments that you love.
- emboss it (dry or wet)
- distress it by sanding or with ink
- add glitter or liquid glass
The thing that works best for me is to mix something I don’t like with something I really do like (sketch, color, embellishments, etc) to balance things out.
Here’s my before paper:
And here’s the layout that I came up with:
Supplies used: CTMH Paper Pack, CTMH Cotton Candy cardstock, CTMH Cotton Candy ink, CTMH So Blessed stamp set, CTMH Playful Flourishes stamp set, DCWV alphabet stickers, Versamark ink, CTMH brads, K & Company Grand Adhesions, and Heidi Grace Velvet Borders.
I did a few things to change the papers. First, I randomly stamped the pink butterfly onto the patterned paper. This added more color. I always like pink and the original shades of color were too pale for my taste. I also added a few pink brads to this paper. The green striped paper I used the back side and stamped flourishes with Versamark ink which gave it the look of a watermark. This is a great way to add a subtle pattern without overpowering your layout. Another way to do this is to stamp tone-on-tone by using the same color ink as your paper. You will get a similar effect. The blue paper is not included in my before photo but it was polka dot in the same colors and again I used the back side. I really don’t like using solids anymore so to add a bit to this paper I embossed it with my scoreboard. Overall the layout still seems a bit plan to me but I think it’s the solid background that I chose so I’m just letting it be.
Posted in Scrapbook Pages on 03/29/2012 01:34 pm by Wendy
I think this is my final quick layout and I’m going to have to do a bit more work on future projects. The picture is of my daughters with their American Girl dolls after they put on a fashion show. The paper is from the same stack I’ve been using lately with a Michael’s rhinestone flourish, stash ribbon, a bigger brad (Basic Grey?), Studio 18 rhinestones, and Technique Tuesday Technique Tiles Scalloped Baseboards added for embellishing. Notice that I used a cutting knife to cut the details surrounding the photo mat and tucked my photo underneath.
Posted in Scrapbook Pages on 03/28/2012 12:00 am by Wendy
Here’s another layout I pulled out that just needed photos added. Who knows why it has taken so long because I love the paper. It’s from an old CTMH Workshop Kit. Instead of a circle photo on the first page in the flower, I rounded the corner of all my photos and added the date in the space of the flower.