What I used:
Papers: Boofle Designstax, Forever Friends Kraft Designstax
Tools: Boofle buttons embossing folder, XCut trimmer, Whispers brush markers, Chalk queue 'blues', Forever Friends number stamps.
Embellishments: Papermania buttons, Papermania cardstock alphabet stickers, various silk and paper flowers, Craftime mini mulberry paper tags
Sketch: From Pagemaps.com Dec 2012
- Whenever I have layers overlapping, I always gut the lower layers (i.e. cut out sections of card/paper that would otherwise be covered up). I'm not being stingy, it just seems good practice to me, as I rarely get round to using products before they're no longer available, and you never know when that saved rectangle might be just what you need! This layout has a lot of large overlapping layers, so it's an ideal candidate for gutting. Using a trimmer makes this a lot quicker and easier than messing about with a knife and ruler. Here are a couple of tips for making sure your gutting doesn't show:
- Allow about 1cm overlap all the way round. Use this and only this for sticking, otherwise the step will be visible.
- Mount your photo (or whatever you have at the top) onto plain card so it's well supported. I generally do this anyway.
- When sticking down buttons, I prefer silicone glue to a glue gun, as it dries with some give and so is less brittle.
- I spent a loooooong time shuffling buttons around the page to tie in with the buttons in the image, but I couldn't see it as anything other than a messy distraction from the photo. Once I gave up, I felt the page was a little blank. Finally I found a solution! The very last thing I did to the page was to emboss buttons onto two corners. This had the added benefit of stopping all the detail being on a diagonal on the page!
- I embossed the buttons by hand using a section of an embossing folder. To choose what to add, I embossed onto scrap card first.