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Scrapbooking tutorial... Scrapbooking 101.

Scrapbooking 101

Scrapbooking how-to:

1. Choose your photos.

I always start my scrapbooking pages with my photos. I want to choose papers that allow the photos to POP. Sometimes, I want papers that pick up colors from the pictures, and others, I want papers in contrasting colors.

I use scrapbook papers that are acid and lignin free, which prolong the life of the photos and the colors in the layout. Personally, I don't worry abut adding a few things that AREN'T acid and lignin free, unless they are around my photos.


2. Pick paper that you LOVE. :)


Frugal tip: If you have less expensive papers in the same color family, you can use them to keep down the cost of the layout.

Use your paints, sprays, mists, masks, and art mediums to alter them.

3.  Journal -- tell the story.

4. Decide on your layout, or find a page that inspires you...  you can replicate the design with your choices and produce a completely different page.

I chose this layout as my inspiration...

5. Place photos...

My pictures will be centered here.

6. Add layers...

I started with a page from Marion Smith's Nirvana collection.

Next I cut out doilies from another page to add interest in the corners.


I then added an aqua colored rectangle from a paper out of Glitz design's Dance in Sunshine collection. It has been sprayed and dripped with mists from Tattered angels, and the doilies are Prima masks that I painted through with white acrylic paint.

The next layer is another page from the Nirvana collection.

I then added the Dream Big card at the bottom right and the journaling tickets behind it. (This is from another page from the Nirvana collection.)
Next, I added the title, "Documented" at the top of the page (from Nirvana), and I cut a strip from the same paper as the doilies I cut out and pleated it... then added it to the bottom left of the page.

7. Add embellishments.

I added another title above the ruffled strip on the bottom left, and then a length of braided trim on top.

Next, I started adding some sparkle... I painted the tickets with some Blingz, a new product we just got in that I have been playing with. :) I love it. It goes on as a thin liquid paint and dries quickly with a bit of a sparkle. I use my embossing gun to dry...

I also painted the clock (upper left on page) with Blingz...
... and the clock on the rectangle layer.
Then, I started distressing the edges of all the layers with Distress ink. For the black titles, I used Black Soot, and for everything else, walnut stain.
I use a corner cut from a round sponge to distress.
I also distressed the doily on my aqua page.

8. Attach layers, photos, and embellishments.

I used score-tape to attach my ruffled paper and the black braided trim on top.

I used foam tape to attach the titles.


9. Evaluate.


Am I done? I don't think so... I decided to add a few more embellishments, some brads from Prima's Engraver collection.

NOW, I'm done. :)



Ta-Da! :)


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