Saturday, March 11, 2006

Grass Stains - Guaranteed

Do you have a little soccer player in your family or a little boy that loves to play outside? Feel like you're always trying to get grass stains out of their clothes? Well, take those unsightly stains and transfer them to your scrapbook pages. That's grass stains on your scrapbook layouts using Tim Holtz's Distress Ink. Specifically, using the Peeled Paint shade, just drag the ink pad across your scrapbook element or journaling mat at a 45 degree angle (like you were sliding through the grass). It's a great shade of green - guranteed to create grass stains that will last for years to come!

Friday, March 03, 2006

A Little Scrap Can Go a Long Way...

In the 1800s, scrapbooks first got their name from the different "scraps" (tickets, clippings, etc.) that were contained within them. These days one could make a case for scrapbooks getting their name from the amount of "scrap" paper that gets generated in the process, and before you stick that next strip of scrap paper in the trash, think about it's possible uses...

  • Testing out new tools and techniques

  • Imagine... You just bought an embossing heat tool and are anxious to use it on a layout for your wedding scrapbook. Are you going to give it a test run on fancy paper that cost you $1.00/sheet? Of course not, that's what scrap paper is for! You can use those small pieces of excess cardstock to test out edging scissors, die cut machines, stamps, chalks, paints and inks.

  • Layout Templates

  • We are firm believers in the saying, "measure twice, cut once". Often used by carpenters, it can apply to just about any other craft, especially scrapbooking. You wouldn't cut into an expensive piece of paper, if you aren't quite sure exactly what size it needs to be. So, take some scrap paper and create your own layout template system. There's no need to spend $60, $80 or $100 dollars on a store bought version, when regular old cardstock will do the trick. Just cut out various shapes to represent the pictures and some basic scrapbook elements (paper strips, mats, etc.) and you're on your way.

  • Embellishments

  • Save those scraps of fancy patterned paper, and even good quality cardstock, to create your own embellishments. You can use small pieces of paper to cover a piece of chipboard, create a frame or die-cut shape or mat stickers for a title.

    No matter how insignificant it might seem at the time, even the smallest pieces of paper could be used in another layout, especially if it's a basic color that you use on a regular basis.

    Happy Scrapping!