Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper special issue, where we teach you three cool distressing techniques inspired by current fashion and home décor trends.
Want even more ideas for distressing your scrapbook layouts? Here are my top five picks for additional distressed looks in this issue:
1. Inked edges. This classic distressing technique is so fun and easy. Notice how Kim Watson uses it to create the look of vintage Polaroid frames on her layout. See page 58 for step-by-step instructions.
2. Torn edges. Layer roughly-torn patterned papers with border-punched cardstock to create a cool new look like Piradee Talvanna did on her layout on page 51.
3. Painted background. The fun twist of this distressing technique is how soft and pretty it can look on a scrapbook page. Plus, as you can see here on Elizabeth Kartchner’s layout on page 37, it’s a great way to make journaling legible on patterned paper.
4. Spray paint. Take the popular spray ink look to the next level with spray paint. Follow Wendy Sue Anderson’s example on page 69 and apply it over laser-cut paper to create a beautiful and unique background design.
5. Digital elements. Don’t want to get your hands dirty, but still want the look? Get it with digital elements that mimic paint splatters, faded text, and more like Anna Aspnes did on her layout, featured on page 90.
Now it’s your turn to play! Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite distressing technique. And, while you’re at it, share with us what techniques you want to learn more about here on our blog.
–Lori Fairbanks, editor
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