It's years since I did any scrapping, and even more years since I made a 12x12 page, as I have a bit of a thing for mini books. When I was little, scrapbooks (invariably made of sugar paper) were where you stored random things you made or found, and the first of my 12-pages-in-2014 is in the spirit of that. The page preserves a bark rubbing that I made with my little boy while walking in the woods in early January, and I wanted the page to be dominated by that plus the photo of us doing it. In keeping with the subject, I've used quite a bit of texture on the page - the lettering is at a couple of different heights, and the 'trees' that border the page have a bark pattern embossed on them (picked out with fluid chalk inks).
I hope you like it and I'd love any constructive criticism!
What I used
Papers: Basic Grey Ambrosia, Rind (background and journalling), DCWV photo stack (wood and forest floor papers), Papermania stripey paper from a Christmas range (can't remember which though!)
Stickers: Pine needles stickers from an ancient Creative Imaginations sticker set by Pamela Woods
Tools: Tim Holtz bark embossing folder, Woodland Folk alphabet stamps, Ranger craft nibs
Inks: Forever Friends brown ink (lettering), Chalk Queues in various browns and greens
- I'm a big fan of gutting - cutting out sections of backing paper that would otherwise be covered up. In this project I've used this 'salvaged' paper for the journalling and for matting the lettering. I do this routinely, but it was also necessary here as I only had one sheet of the Basic Grey paper.
- The alphabet stamps I used didn't include any punctuation, so I hand drew the apostrophe using a Ranger craft nib dipped in the ink I used for stamping. I really love these little nibs!
- The embossing folder I used is A5, so to get a continuous 12" strip, I embossed each end using a Big Shot, taking care not to wind through enough to get a crease from the edge of the folder, then hand embossed some bits of the pattern to fill in the gap. This works well with a random pattern like bark, but not so well for something more regular.