Scrapbook How-to: Create Subtle Ink Splatter on Scrapbook Pages

Spray ink is available in a variety of colors and is a quick way to add color to a scrapbook layout. For an alternate way to use spray inks, create this subtle splatter effect by removing the cap and using the nozzle to dab on small droplets. Perfect for creating a raindrop, sprinkle, or confetti effect. Audrey Yeager created a confetti look on her 4 layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook.

4 layout by Audrey Yeager for The Scrapbooker's Handbook

4 layout by Audrey Yeager for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Create the look:

Step 1: Remove the cap.

Step 1: Remove the cap.

Step 2: Use nozzle to dab ink on paper.

Step 2: Use nozzle to dab ink on paper.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Stretch Your Flowers

Like you, we’ve never met a flower we didn’t like. This idea uses flowers to fill a space. As Cindy Tobey shows on her History Made Fun layout from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, flat fabric flowers work beautifully not just as accents, but also as a supply stretching textured background.

History Made Fun layout by Cindy Tobey for Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

History Made Fun layout by Cindy Tobey for Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

Create the look:

Step 1: Adhere flowers side-by-side along bottom edge of paper.

Step 1: Adhere flowers side-by-side along bottom edge of paper.

Step 2: Stagger next row of flowers, overlapping first row. Adhere.

Step 2: Stagger next row of flowers, overlapping first row. Adhere.

Step 3: Trim any excess from paper edge.

Step 3: Trim any excess from paper edge.

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Tissue Paper Trees and Scented Titles

Capture the fragrance of a season by mixing spice powders with dark embossing powder and using it to heat emboss images and titles on seasonal layouts as April Massad did on her Autumn layout in Mixed Media, Vol. 1. Take your layout a step further by creating a fall tree using pieces of tissue paper adhered to a cork tree trunk. These fun additions will remind you of the smells of the season every time you view the page.

Autumn layout by April Massad from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Autumn layout by April Massad from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

 

Take a closer look:

Heat embossed titles using spices and dark embossing powder

Heat embossed titles using spices and dark embossing powder

Tissue paper fall tree with a stamped cork tree trunk

Tissue paper fall tree with a stamped cork tree trunk

 

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Orange + Black = Halloween!

Orange+ Black = Halloween

Orange-and-Black-Halloween-Panel

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I find that I am not a big fan of the creepy Halloween things, but love the cute stuff – chubby ghosts, smiling jack-o-lanterns, and cute trick-or-treaters. Have no fear, the projects I selected to share today are not all sweetness, but they definitely are either orange or black.

Pumpkin Treat Bag

Katie Gehring created this cute, yet simple, treat bag for the Paper Crafts September/October 2012 issue. It is perfect for co-workers, class treats, neighbors, or anyone that needs a sweet treat. If you don’t have a jack-o-lantern face stamp, cut one by hand or using a die-cutting machine. And then stuff it full of goodies! You’ll be the hit of the party or neighborhood.

Pumpkin Treat Bag by Katie Gehring

Pumpkin Treat Bag by Katie Gehring

Fancy Ms. Boo Card

When I saw this card in the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking October 2014 issue, I instantly fell in love. I think it’s the ruffle under the collar made from doilies. Brilliant! Amanda Coleman created a realistic dress front using glitter paper, patterned paper (for the spider), and a charm. So fun!

Fancy Ms. Boo card by Amanda Coleman

Fancy Ms. Boo card by Amanda Coleman

Ghost Trick-or-Treater

So technically, this next card doesn’t scream orange or black, but it was too cute to pass up. This adorable ghost just makes me smile! Teri Anderson created her for the Paper Crafts September/October 2012 issue using cardstock, a few rhinestones, and wiggle eyes. You’d fill up her bag with treats if she showed up at your house, right? The best part of this card is the pattern is a free download – bonus!

Ghost Trick-or-Treater card by Teri Anderson

Ghost Trick-or-Treater card by Teri Anderson

Speaking of bonuses, we have a page filled with free Halloween downloads, patterns, and more. Most of the projects can be created quickly to use for Halloween this week. All you need is your PaperCraftsMag.com username and password (not the one that you use to read the magazine, but the one for the website). Note: You’ll find the login at the bottom of the page. If you don’t have one, you can set it up on the download page. And feel free to share the page with your friends.

I hope you like these orange and black projects as well as the free downloads. Have fun creating for Halloween!

 

 

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Dots

Add dots to your layout with these simple ideas. Lydia Jackson included dots on her Aim High layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza using paint with a stylus and a thread-less sewing machine.

Aim High layout by Lydia Jackson for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Aim High layout by Lydia Jackson for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Take a closer look:

Use stylus dipped in watermark ink or paint to create a polka dot design around edge of layout

Use stylus dipped in watermark ink or paint to create a polka dot design around edge of layout

Use a sewing machine without thread to create a dotted border. Back with lighter or darker paper to help dots show up.

Use a sewing machine without thread to create a dotted border. Back with lighter or darker paper to help dots show.

 

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