By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
May 3rd is National Scrapbooking Day and in honor of it CreateForLess is celebrating all month long with a layout contest. This layout was created to inspire you with some simple ideas of things you can do to dress up your pictures and your journaling, too. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned scrapbooker there is plenty of fun and enjoyment in creating lasting memories.
The first thing you will need to do is choose the pictures you want to use and print them out. Then, pull out some of the colors from those pictures and use them as your palette for choosing your papers, inks and paints. The background paper that was used for this layout came from the Best of Paper Pad by K & Company.
Once your pictures have been trimmed to the size you would like, cut a piece of white card stock to fit behind them. These pictures were trimmed 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” so the card stock was cut to measure 4” x 5 ½”. Next, paint each piece using acrylic paint. The paints with daubers on the bottles work really well for this step. Allow each piece to dry.
Run each piece through a die cut machine to emboss it using an embossing folder. The Swiss Dots embossing folder by Provo Craft was used on this project.
Lightly sand the embossing using a sanding block. Remove the dust using a soft cloth.
Add color to the embossed areas using an inking tool and water based ink pads such as Distress Inks.
Remove the color that gets onto the surface of the paper by wiping it with a damp cloth or paper towel. Continue to add color until it is as dark as you want it, wiping it off after each addition.
Since water has been added to the fibers of the paper, it may curl a bit. You can lightly iron the back of it with a warm iron to straighten it out so it lays flat again.
Mount the pictures onto the backgrounds and then adhere them to the background paper using a tape runner.
Die cut 2 pieces of card stock for the journaling pieces. One piece should be cut with a smaller sized die. Paint the bigger piece using the paint dauber and allow it to dry.
Take the smaller die cut and use the inking tool and an ink pad to add color to it. Start off the paper and rotate the tool in small circles as you move it onto the edge of the paper to give the edges a heavy inking and continuing towards the center to add a lighter color. More color can be added using this same process and more inks in different colors.
Write your journaling onto the smaller piece and attach the two pieces together using the tape runner and then adhere them to the layout. Add flowers and embellishments to finish off the layout.
Now, it’s your turn. Create your most favorite layout and enter it for a chance to win some great prizes from Create for Less. Once your layout is done, simply click this link: Layout Contest and upload the photo of your layout. You don’t have everything you need for it? That’s ok. Head over to Create for Less and see all of the fabulous products they carry!