Thursday, October 22, 2009

Step-by-Step by Chrystal Riddell

This page can be made in a flash. If you want to save even more time, use store-bought embellishments & rub-ons instead of the handmade leaves and stamps. I actually made this page ahead of time, then added my photos afterwards. Try's liberating!

- 1 white cardstock background sheet
- decorative edged scissors
- 3 different patterned papers in the following size: 12"x2", 12"x1" and 10"x10"
- Stamps or rub-ons
- a variety of brown inks
- sponge squares
- 1 big button
- 2 silk leaves
- 8 1/2 x 11 kraft or brown cardstock
- optional--I printed out my leaves from a free downloadable template. You can always draw yours by hand.

1. Start out by distressing the outer borders of your white background paper. I used a soft yellow, but you could add more colors for a faux finish.
2. Adhere 10"x10" (circle) paper. Adhere 12"x1" (green paisley stripe) paper.
3. Cut the deco edge of your 12"x2" strip. IMPORTANT--Only adhere the sides and bottom. This will be a mini-pocket for tucking in your photos.
4. Stamp/rub-on over the corners.
5. Print or draw the leaves and cut out. Sponge ink over surface of leaves. Crumple them out, then flatten out. Re-sponge over them with a darker color. Get creative! I also dabbed some shimmer painton mine with my finger.
6. Layer leaves and button with glue dots.
7. Stamp or rub-on sentiments.

Note: I trimmed my photos vertically, then tucked them in the pocket. When I had them positioned just right, I pulled up only the top edge of the photo to adhere them.


Carrie said...

Cute page. Love the leaves!

Nathalie said...

Love the colors and the design of your page Chrystal! Thanks for giving us the step by step :)