If you scrapbook you’ve probably experienced scrapper’s block in some way or another. In my article from the October 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes, “Cure Your Scrapper’s Block,” you can read about several common blocks along with cures for them. Today I want to focus on one block in particular.
How do I keep my pages from looking the same?
Do you ever ask yourself that question? I sure do. It is so easy to fall into a routine of using the same types of products, the same colors, and the same techniques. My answer in the article is to try a new product, but I’d like to share another cure that I love to use as well. Try a new technique, or try a technique you like but haven’t used in a while!
There are a few techniques on my “Mario & an Angel” layout that I’d like to point out.
Masking – Use a mask with spray ink, paint, chalk or glitter. I designed and cut my own stars mask using a Silhouette SD. I placed the mask on my cardstock and sprayed over it with ink to create a unique background for my layout. Generally I use cardstock as is, so this technique was a great way for me to change things up!
Stitching – Machine or hand-stitch a border. I include stitching on my layouts quite often, but for this page I added it in a different way. I stitched vertical lines next to one another to create a fun border.
Repurpose Embellishments – Change an embellishment to better fit your layout. I transformed chipboard wings into a mustache (to go along with the mustache my son is wearing in the photos) by covering them with black paint and flocking.
You will find lots of great techniques to try in the October issue of Creating Keepsakes.
Make your own candy accents – page 50
Create unique metal embellishments – page 57
Make cute cupcakes out of clay – page 76
Be sure to also check out the Techniques to Try on the CK website for even more ideas to cure that scrapper’s block!
Cindy Tobey, Contributing Writer