April 2011

Technique Turn

Romy Veul


A Good Pair of Scissors is All You Need!

People who don’t scrapbook often consider scrapbooking a very expensive hobby. Of course part of that is true; I’m afraid my empty wallet could be closely connected with the new papers and flowers that are laying on my desk. Really, scrapbooking doesn’t have to be expensive at all, if you are just a little creative with your patterned papers. All you need is a good pair of scissors and two healthy hands. Grab your scissors, let your creativity flow and start cutting out all those pretty elements. It might take some time, but it often gives your layout or card such a wonderful finishing touch. In this article I would like to show you a few wonderful creations that show off hand cutting and special techniques.

First I’d like you to take a look at Megan’s soft and delicate layout. I just love how she layered all the fussy cut details. They add such a wonderful, whimsical touch to her page. Amanda also incorporated some wonderful fussy cutting on her page. She created a wonderful circle design to go with this cute princess picture of her daughter and used beautifully decorated fussy cut flowers to fill the negative space. The third beautiful project that you will be blown away by was made by Liz. She decorated an old shadowbox and made it into a bright and beautiful creation by using a few fussy cut animals and a cute banner.

A Girl’s Day at the Nutcracker Ballet by Megan Aaron

Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee, Webster’s Pages, Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, My Little Shoebox, Webster’s Pages, Tags: Ranger Industries, Ribbon: Pink Paislee, Lace: Webster’s Pages, Pins: Jenni Bowlin Studio, Jillibean Soup, Glitter: Doodlebug Design, Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries, Markers: Prismacolor, Specialty Ink: Tattered Angels, Flower: Webster’s Pages, Making Memories, Other: ribbon, lace. Tools: Other: sewing machine, craft knife.

Design Notes: The background was created by using a square mask in the middle and then spraying glimmer mist all over the embossed Pink Paislee paper. The embossed designs resisted the glimmer mist.

Queen by Amanda Muirhead

Supplies: Paper, Rub-Ons, Die Cuts, Brads, Artisan Elements: Pink Paislee, Lace: Webster’s Pages, Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries, Ink: Staz-On (Tsukineko), Other: paper doily, foam. Tools: Stamps: Pink Paislee, Templates: The Crafter’s Workshop, Other: sandpaper, distress tool.

Design Notes: To ‘break’ the circle design and make it a little more whimsical, she handcut the flowers from a sheet of paper and positioned them along the edges of the circle. She finished off the flowers with some glitter glue and a few large brads, to give them a little more dimension.

Spring shadowbox by Liz Chidester

Supplies: Paper, Flowers, Journaling Spots: Best Creation Inc. Tools: Die Cut Machine: Sizzix (Ellison), Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs.

Design Notes: I bought a used shadowbox from a thrift store, completely took it apart and made it my own.

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