Today is National Scrapbooking Day in the states and Prima is having an AMAZING blog hop! So if you are working your way down their list, welcome! You are at the right place! (Make sure you scroll all the way down for the blog list and a GIVE-AWAY!)
Prima also has a wonderful line-up of LIVE classes, including my layout class shown here at 9 AM eastern time!
Here is a direct link to the Prima ustream channel. Hop on over and watch a class or two today. The classes go ALL day long. There will be prizes and lots of fun to be had on the chats.
The layouts shown above don't have a lot of my normal feminine touches. And that's cool. Since I have a few older boys I thought I would play around with some of our newest metals, stencils, gesso, stamps, and so on. (My boys REALLY appreciate me NOT adding flowers to their layouts. Imagine that!)
I love the cleaner graphic & bright effect on this layout of Billy using Lady Bird. It totally fits his personality and his photo!
You can achieve this bright look with PanPastels and a stencil! (Use a neutral backdrop paper like this one in the Lady Bird line so your attention is on the photo and techniques.)
Just set the stencil on the paper (I use washi tape on the sides to help secure it to the paper. When you are done coloring you can pull it up easily and it will not tear your paper.)
Start with the lightest color of PanPastel first, then work your way through to the darkest color.
(Just make sure you seal it once you are happy with the colors. I use SpectraFix which is safe to spray inside and has no nasty fumes.)
Next add a photo mat with foam squares, chipboard shapes, stickers and crystals. Add the photo with foam adhesive to pop it up off the page a bit.
Staple some twine to the page with a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to mimic the chevron pattern for a nice GUY touch.
Create a banner flag with our stickers (and a toothpick!) and tuck it under the photo.
Stamp all your important dates and sayings on the stickers with these cool roller stamps by Smash and Dear Lizzy! I use them ALL the time.
My other layout is about my 16 year old, Brayden. It definitely has a different look than the first layout. You can see the whole layout created in my class so check it out! (All shows are recorded in case you cannot catch them live.)
- 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
- Fiskars Star Punch
- Ranger Studio Gesso
- Ranger Archival Black & Brown Ink
- shipping tag
- orange twine
- Color Shine: BlackVelvet
- Glimmer Mist: Dark Denim
- Fabri-Tac by Beacon
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So what do you think? Ready to try a few of these techniques on your next project? Leave me a comment and I will pick one person to win this fabulous prize on May 13th. Open to all countries.
Here is the list for the blog hop!
Sharon Laakkonen (You are here!)
Gerry van Gent