Saturday, 20 August 2011

Distressed and doodled


Sorry about the long absence – school holidays and all that. To celebrate my return, though, how about a scrapbook page for a change?

We created this page at my recent Scrapping Wednesday class – I would love to be able to hold these classes monthly, so get in touch if you’re interested in scrapbooking, whether you are starting from scratch or just want to build up your pages.

Everyone received the kit to make two pages, with lots of extra bits so they had options to customise their pages to suit their pictures.

The theme for the class was doodling – a technique which is daunting to some but really is very simple and actually requires no teaching, just a bit of practice on a sheet of scrap paper. As you can see, I doodled all the way around the edge of my Baja Breeze 12x12.

We also did a bit of distressing on this page, to give the ladies a taste of what’s to come at my forthcoming Distressed About Distressing class (details on my Events page). I used the flat stamp from the Distressing Essentials Kit to rub some Baja Breeze ink around the corners and edges of the cardstock. If you do this in a circular motion, it creates a really nice effect.

I used the Early Espresso marker in the Colour Spritzing Tool to create a paint spattered effect across the background, too. I didn’t want the page to be too girlie, but I added some foliage from Just Believe, to finish off the background.

The journaling is handwritten in my not particularly neat writing, but I do think handwriting on your scrapbook pages is very important, for me anyway. The main reason being that it’s quick! I used to have loads of scrapbook pages unfinished because I just need to get the journaling done on the computer. Now I scribble it on and I’m done! My theory is that our descendants will be happier to have a full scrapbook full of messy handwriting than a few odd pages printed perfectly neatly on the computer.

Oh, one cheeky trick we did with the Pear Pizzazz cardstock strip: I didn’t have any 12x12 and didn’t want to buy any when I only really needed one sheet, so the strip is created from a piece of A4 and joined behind the centre picture. Nobody would know... if I hadn’t just told you.

Stamps: Just Believe
Cardstock: Baja Breeze 12x12, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Type, Junior Alphabet dies, Corner Rounder, Colour Spritzer, Distressing Essentials Kit, Spiral Punch, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware®, Early Espresso Marker

All products by Stampin' Up!®

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome page! Love the distressing and your paper saving tip!! Great pics too!

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