10-minute Tricks: Mixed Media

Think mixed media has to be complicated to look great? Not with these 10-minute (or less) tricks!

Summer Fullerton added a few mixed media items to her First Day layout for Mixed Media, Vol. 1 that you can easily incorporate into your scrapbook pages.

First Day by Summer Fullerton for Mixed Media, Vol. 1

First Day by Summer Fullerton for Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Create the look:

Paint your title letters

Paint your title letters

Paint your title letters so they match perfectly with your layout. Want to add even more media? Try adding glitter or crackle paint.

Add rhinestones for a splash of color

Add rhinestones for a splash of color

Add a few rhinestones to dress up a simple kraft tag and add a bit of dash to your layout.

Use staples to attach items to your layout

Use staples to attach items to your layout

Use staples strategically to anchor patterned paper, photos, or tags. Then attach a caption to your layout using a binder clip (see image above). Check your household items and scrapbook stash for other metal items you can add to your layout.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create a shadow box with layers

When you want your favorite photos to be the delectable main course of your layout, create a shadow box to frame them by layering cardstock, as Stacy Cohen did on her Fairy Grace layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture. Add more texture and create an antique, yet timeless, feel by inking and distressing the edges of each layer. Use this technique on a heritage layout or leave the edges clean for a more contemporary, urban look.

Fairy Grace by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Fairy Grace by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Create the look:

Close up showing inking and distressing

Close up showing inking and distressing

Stacy used cardstock in varying shades of green with subtle patterns that add to the layout’s texture. Play with cardstock in different shades, patterns, and textures until you get just the look you want.

Multiple layers separated with foam tape

Multiple layers separated with foam tape

Foam squares adhesive raises the edges of each frame for a 3-D effect.

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Chonology-Inspired Scrapbooking

Do you love making lists for your day and crossing items off as they’re completed? When things are in order, is everything right with the world? If so, then there’s a good chance you enjoy chronological scrapbooking and you document your memories as they come along and in a logical order.

Chronology can be a little tricky to show on a single layout, most likely if you’re this type of scrapper, you have albums of layouts organized by month or year. However, the idea of this layout is to take things one week, or maybe one day, at a time. Jing-Jing Nickel documented the weekly growth of her garden on her Winter Melon layout in The Scrapbooker’s Handbook.

Winter Melon by Jing-Jing Nickel from The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Winter Melon by Jing-Jing Nickel from The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Here’s a closer look at the first two weeks:

The first two weeks

The first two weeks

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Polaroid Inspired Frames

If you like the look of vintage Polaroid frames, you’ll love how easy these handmade look-a-likes are to create using supplies you probably have on hand. Kim Watson created her Polaroid style frames for her Taylor Made layout in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza.

Tailor Made scrapbook page by Kim Watson

Tailor Made by Kim Watson from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut your photos into 3" x 3" squares.

Step 1: Cut your photos into 3″ x 3″ squares.

Step 2: Adhere your photo to 3 5/8" x 4" white cardstock block.

Step 2: Adhere your photos to 3 5/8″ x 4″ white cardstock blocks.

Step 3: Use ink to age or distress the edges of your cardstock.

Step 3: Use ink to age or distress the edges of your cardstock.

Step 4: Add journaling using a pen, rub-ons, or even stickers.

Step 4: Add journaling using a pen, rub-ons, or even stickers.

 

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Scrapbook Layouts with Six Photos Using this Sketch

Focus on the joy of scrapbooking by using a sketch to determine placement of photos, title, journaling, and more. Sherri Winstead used the sketch below to create her The Path layout for Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking. She varied things slightly by placing the three vertical photos side by side instead of letting the mat show in between. She also angled her title slightly.

The Path by Sherri Winstead from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking

The Path by Sherri Winstead from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking

You can make a scrapbook page using six or more photos with this same sketch.

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Make sure you download the sketch to use later. (Once image opens in a new window, right-mouse click and choose Save Image As.)

 

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