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My Entry for SBLS Challenge #3

Here is my two page layout for the third Scrapbook Lifestyle Viewer Challenge.  I really got creative with ribbon on this one :)!

Our Family

Our Family

Our Family

Credits Everything I used is from the Mulberry Lane set by Nancie Rowe Janitz from Fancy Pants Designs, except the cardstock, ribbons and mini brads. I used latex paint for the white hearts and a Black fine tip pen by Creative Memories for the writing and doodling. Font: Batik.

I am so happy with how these pages turned out, and I have LOTS to share with you about my process (three whole techniques this time)! These photos really don’t do the pages justice, so I hope my descriptions will help paint a better picture :).

Tips & Tricks

  • These lovely papers have a beautifully worn look to them, so I carried out that theme on the pages by using tearing, sanding and curled edges.
  • I used the shape tool in photoshop to draw out the two different sized heart shapes, then I printed them, cut them out and used them as templates to cut my patterned papers and photo.
  • I used foam squares to add a little “pop” to the smaller accent hearts on the two pages.
  • Inspired by all the swirls and flourishes in the patterned papers and accents, I doodled my own decorative swirls in the journaling circle.
  • Knotting the ends of short lengths of grosgrain ribbon added interesting texture and also made it easier to line the circle than using one long piece of ribbon.

Technique: Use Brads to Attach Gathered Ribbon

I love the look of bunched up ribbon on a page, and I’ve seen many use sewing to achieve this look. Because I don’t own a sewing machine (yet), I decided to improvise! Before I started, I did a little test-run using scraps of paper, cardstock and ribbon. I’m sure different types of paper and ribbon will yield different results. Satisfied with my method, I estimated how much ribbon I would need to complete the entire heart shape. I believe it took about twice as much ribbon as the actual size of the heart, due to all the gathering and folding. Then I used my hole punching tool (that came in my Making Memories Tool Kit) to punch tiny holes about 1 to 1.5 inches apart all the way around the heart. Next, I would gather or fold up some ribbon, and force the mini brad through. Then I just placed the brad into the pre-made hole and opened it up to secure the ribbon in place. To overlap sections of ribbon, I would force the brad though the gathered part first, then the end of the next section of ribbon before placing it in the hole. In a few spots I used my Creative Memories mini tape runner to secure the ribbon down where it wasn’t staying in place. That’s it!

Technique: Print Text in a Journaling Circle

I wanted my printed text to be positioned just right, so here is what I did:

  1. I measured on my page to see how big I wanted my journaling circle to be.
  2. In photoshop, with my grid turned on, I drew a white circle to the desired dimensions (using the shape tool). If you hold down the shift key while drawing, it be a perfect circle. BONUS TIP: to reposition your shape while still drawing, just press the space bar (without releasing the shift key or the mouse key) and reposition using the mouse, then release the space bar to continue drawing.
  3. Once the circle is drawn, you can use edit>stroke to add a thin black line (a few pixels) around the shape so you will have a cutting guide once it’s printed.
  4. Next, I just positioned a text box inside the circle where I wanted it and added my journaling, then printed the whole thing out on cardstock!    

Technique: Improvise Your Own Stencils

I have some latex paint in my “scrap studio” left over from a previous project, that I like to incorporate into my scrapbooking from time to time. In this case, I simply used a heart cut-out (left behind when I popped out one of the heart embellishments) as an improvised stencil. I positioned the stencil over the cardstock, dipped a make-up sponge into the latex paint (wiping off the excess paint) and dabbed the sponge over the stencil. Simple and free :). This technique could work with punched-out chipboard too – I’m sure there are all kinds of possibilities out there. If you know of one, please share it!!

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3 responses to “My Entry for SBLS Challenge #3

  1. Karen July 7, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Gorgeous double layout Jess. Love the whole distressed look. And thanks a lot for all the technique tips.

  2. Julie Ann Shahin July 10, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Ok…even though I’m a digi expert – I was totally fooled and thought that these were paper layouts!Love the ribbons!

  3. Jess July 10, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Don’t worry Julie Ann, you were right, these ARE paper :)!!! Nancie Rowe Janitz designs both digital AND paper scrapbook supplies :)!!

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