I’ve always enjoyed a good scrapbooking challenge. I love scrapbooking for the memory keeping and photo preservation, but to be honest… I love it almost as much for the creative outlet. I love looking at products and finding fun ways to use them, trying a new technique, and just pushing myself creatively from time to time. It keeps it all fresh and makes me still love paper and glue after 10+ years of scrapbooking. So, I’ve decided to try to incorporate challenges into my blog this year. I’m going to call them Starting Points, because really the purpose is just to inspire you (and ME!) and give you a place to start. You might veer far from the initial inspiration and that’s awesome. There’s no hard and fast rules like some of the scrapbooking challenges I’ve seen out there. Just jump in, enjoy the process and see where it takes you.
So, let’s jump in with Starting Points no. 1! I pulled out this OLD layout I did back in 2006…2006!! Just looking at the photo tells me it was a long time ago. Gosh, they grow up fast. Anyways, I did something a little different with my title on this layout and I’ve always remembered it and wanted to try it again. It’s not hard or time consuming and it’s a great way to add a custom element to your layout. I basically just traced my title onto a transparency, painted the letters, cut them out and adhered them. Super easy to do!
Over the weekend I created a quick journal for my daughter using the same technique. I typed out her name in my word processing program, sized it how I wanted it and printed it out on regular printer paper. Then I used a sharpie marker to trace the letters onto a piece of transparency.
I picked out some acrylic paints in a few shades of pink and then painted in an ombre effect ON THE BACK side of the transparency. You could paint on the front, but doing it on the backside will hide any errant brush strokes (the black border on the front side hides them nicely!).
Then I assembled a little journal with printer paper and some remnants of my January SC kit. I folded the printer paper in half and covered that with the doodle patterned paper. I used a piece of embroidery floss to tie the cover and the pages together and added my painted transparency title and a “spine” of the striped patterned paper.
- use a non-script font, paint the letters different colors, and cut the letters apart. Then you can overlap them and create a cool effect with different colors of paint.
- stamp your title with your favorite letter stamps and some Stazon Ink if you’d rather not use the computer. Better yet, freehand write your letters with a sharpie to include you own handwriting on your project!
- instead of a title, try using printed transparencies and and paint in the printed designs for a fun background.
- try using some alcohol inks to “paint” on the transparency instead of acrylic paint for a more stained glass look.
I really hope you’ll play along. There’s no deadline… just link up here when you’ve finished!