Thursday, January 31, 2013

Boy Page!

Yes...boy pages are always harder for me. It is so easy to grab a pack of flowers, or some pretty ribbons, and go to town, right? But, more masculine pages....much, MUCH, harder (for me anyway!)

However, I've decided to do a few each month since I do have four boys of my own...and a few of the boys don't particularly want flowers on their pages anymore. hehe.

Once I got going it really wasn't as hard as I thought....with all of the new masks, stamps, sprays, metal pieces, tapes, etc., out on the market it was MUCH much easier, and so MUCH fun!

My Boy 

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So here's a page about Brayden, my 16 year old. He hates to pose for pics, but he cooperated this day for my sweet friend and photog, Sarah G!

I started by using gesso and some of the new Prima stencils by Donna Downey for a lumpy, textured background. LOVE how it almost looks like "building construction" is going on with that technique. Anyone else see that?

Then I started stamping and adding pieces of paper and washi tape...just to build a few layers up and make it grungier. HINT: let that gesso dry ALL the way before you stamp. For you impatient people (like me) you will be grateful you did! And use a permanent ink (Archival by Ranger) for stamping on glossy surfaces (like a photo.)

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I also cut up some triangles from scrap paper and just added them on with a foam square. Stick them where you want people to look: the photo, the title, etc.

Of course Ingvild Bolme's Tiny Junkyard Findings can be used for masculine pages. What a perfect way to add strength and stability to a theme.

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I LOVE those new linen-like alphas by Prima too...but I like to stitch through them. 

I HATE finding layouts that are a few years old and one lousy letter is missing. What in the world do you do? So I am stitching through as many as possible now to really get them down! haha.


Then I added some metal pieces by Ingvild and Finnabair. LOVE those metal pieces!  Finish off the piece with a few drops of a color spray. Don't spray it...just open the bottle up and drop some splotches form the tube! (Cover your photo first with scratch paper.)

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891671, 922375

  • 922375, 922351 DD Art Stencil
  • 891671, 891633 Tiny Junkyard Findings
  • 562861, 562908 Alphas
  • 890995, 891003, 891015 Comfort Craft Chalk Fluid Edgers
  • 960353, 960261 Mechanicals by Finnabair
  • 960124 Clear Stamp- Sunrise, Sunset
  • 564377 Washi Tape Stamp
  • 563042 Clear Stamp-Engraver
  • 564896 Lifetime Washi Tape
  • Star Punch
  • Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Black & Brown Ink
  • shipping tag
  • twine
  • Color Shine: BlackVelvet
  • Glimmer Mist: Dark Denim
  • Fabri-Tac by Beacon


  1. love your boyish style, great job Sharon :)

    1. Thank you so much! I have four boys so I really need to do more of these pages.

  2. Sharon really cool LO! Love the details!

  3. This is awesome- and I'm so impressed at the restraint from flowers! I cannot seem to do masculine without flowers- but you appear to be a master. Amazing job- love all the cool, graphic details :)


    1. I know how easy it is to use flowers on everything cause I LOVE them too! Thank you for your sweet words, Erin!

  4. Hey your layout is awesome!! Lol at your son not wanting his picture taken! Best I stockpile now hey?! Thanks for the tip about the archival ink on photos. Thanks Sharon!