Summer 2011

Tear-rific Designs

Nicole Martel


This month I was torn, I mean thrilled, with the different techniques and ideas involving paper tearing. I honestly cannot wait to try a few of these ideas.

I love how Aileen tears a heart shape from a children’s book. What a great way to recycle old books! If you aren’t comfortable tearing your paper free-handed, Creative Memories makes a Tearing Tool that works great for your different paper crafting needs.

So are you inspired to try ripping into your papers yet? I hope so! Now, I’m off to tear some papers of my own. Until next time, have fun tearing up those beautiful papers and making your own unique embellishments and patterns.

Boys by Connie Mercer

Supplies: Paper, Alphabet Stickers, Journaling Spots, Tickets: Jenni Bowlin Studio, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Buttons: Buttons Galore & More, Alcohol Inks: Tim Holtz, Other: vintage trim, black photo corners. Tools: Stamps: Wendy Vecchi.

Design Notes: All the paper is torn and turned in to show the straight edge. These are pieces from my scrap bag; no paper cutter was used.

Journaling: Finding each other. Oct. 30, 2010 ~Sebastian making his first connection with Joe, Sweet, boys!

Roni: Supermodel at 17 by Irit Shalom

Supplies: Paper, Chipboard, Alphabet Stickers, Journaling Spots, Transparency, Lace, Bling, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Alphabet: My Mind’s Eye, Pins: Tim Holtz.

Design Notes: When you need to make a long title, you usually need more than one alphabet set, so the best way is to combine some and to use chipboards together with some flat letters as I did here. This layout was inspired by a sketch by Prima Marketing.

Just Me and My Dad by Aileen Griffiths

Supplies: Paper: Deja Views, Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View, Alphabet: American Crafts, Alphabet Stickers, Brads: Making Memories, Pens: Zig Memory System (Kuretake), Chalk, Ink: Close to My Heart, Other: book pages. Tools: Punch: Fiskars, Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Other: sandpaper.

Design Notes: This is a photo of my husband with his father when he was two. We don't have a lot of photos of them together because his father passed away when he was 12, so I wanted to keep this layout simple and put the focus on the photo. The heart was torn out of a page from an old children book. To create the flower, I used my flower punch to make a couple of flowers from the old page, chalked, tore, and crumpled them, then stacked and secured them with a brad.

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