Go for an intricate, rugged or sparkly touch
I love this time of year. Kids are back in school, flowers are bursting with color, and temperatures are starting to dip. Now's the perfect time to scrapbook. Best of all, it's difficult to go wrong with these delightful looks!
Want to create a jewel of a border? Add gems or charms to your pages! For Figure 1, I placed craft gems on diamond-shaped pieces of cardstock. To cut the shapes, simply "eyeball" the cutting until you have an imperfect row of various-colored diamonds. I used the AquaLiquid glue pen from Tombow to adhere my gems to the cardstock.
Valerie Brincheck of Southfield, Michigan, teaches punch art and wanted an heirloom look for the heritage page in Figure 2. To create each "quilt" square in the vertical bars, Valerie punched a 1¼" square out of ivory cardstock, then layered a tan 1" square on top.
Next, she punched four black rectangles and glued them even with the corner and sides of the tan square. She finished off each square by centering a small ivory square in the center of the design created by the black rectangles. Valerie mounted several of these squares in a row on black paper, "stitched" around them and other elements with a white gel pen.
For each photo corner, Valerie punched a 2" tan square, then glued a black rectangle over it from corner to corner. She finished off her look by gluing a small ivory square in the center of the rectangle. Each page corner was done the same way, starting with a 1" square cut in half.
Figure 2. Punched rectangles and squares can be combined to create "quilt squares" for your heritage layouts. Page by Valerie Brincheck.
Whitney Donohue of Logandale, Nevada, created the border in Figure 3. To begin, Whitney cut a thick strip of light-pink paper (about 2" thick), then trimmed the right edge with decorative scissors. She placed the strip down the left edge of her page, then mounted a thinner pink strip with scalloped edges on top. Next, she placed an even thinner strip of white paper (with straight edges) on top of that. Whitney created her posy flower vine with the same decorative scissors used on the light-pink edge. Next, she added her posies. Whitney calls them her Mary Engelbreit "fried-egg" flowers! To create the flowers, punch with a larger and smaller circle punch, then outline the inner circle with pen and add light-pink shading with an opaque pen. Use the circle punch to punch out crescent shapes for leaves. Next, repeat a "miniature" border in the middle of the page as well. Note how Whitney also accented her letter stickers with little posies.
Figure 3. Think of these flowers the next time you want to add a strip of flowers to your layout. Page by Whitney Donohue.
Supplies Decorative scissors: Sunflower, Scallop and Ripple edges, Fiskars; Bycin (small flower strip); Hole punches: McGill; Letter stickers: Provo Craft; Patterned paper in green leaves: Close To My Heart; Pink opaque pen: Milky Gel Roller, Pentel.
When Alex Bishop of Bountiful, Utah, wanted to add a feminine, dainty touch to the strips on her layout (Figure 4), she created flowers with circles from a ¼" circle punch, then scattered plain circles around the borders as well. To help adhere her tiny pieces of cardstock, Alex used Tombow Mono Adhesive and a glue stick from the Handmade Scraps die-cut kits.
Figure 4. Adding flowers to border strips can be the perfect finishing touch. Pages by Alex Bishop. Supplies Circle punch: McGill; Accents: Handmade Scraps; Purple pen: Zig Writer, EK Success.
Brenda Bennett of Morenci, Arizona, started off using ripped paper for her layout in Figure 5. She still needed something "extra" to pull her pages together, so the 1999 Hall of Famer added jute, a natural for outdoor themes. Brenda's favorite glue for adhering the jute? Zig 2-Way Glue from EK Success.
As always, give these ideas a try but add your own twists. What better way to enter fall!
Figure 5. Add a touch of jute to ripped edges for a rugged yet distinctive look. Pages by Brenda Bennett. Supplies Photo corners: Canson; Computer fonts: Tempus Sans, Microsoft Word and Papyrus (downloaded from the Internet); Other: Jute.