Laina Lamb, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal
Hello fellow crafters! Today I thought I would share with you a few of my go-to ideas for dressing up a quick and simple page. All of these ideas can certainly be used for cards and projects as well.
The foundation of a page layout doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. In fact, getting your paper and photos down quickly means getting to the best part of the layout…the details!
Brace Face by Laina Lamb
For my Brace Face page, I simply layered several pieces of patterned paper to create a colorful but not overwhelming background. When selecting patterned papers, I tend to pick papers that lean towards the tone on tone effect. For my style, patterned papers with too much “white” background are difficult to use together. I like to embrace bold, beautiful colors.
When I add embellishments to my page, layering and altering to fit my needs are important. I started this cluster by cutting the “100% Boy” from Double Dog Dare paper.
The image on the paper was square but I decided a circle element would be a better fit for my design. I then began to add extra elements to the circle with various thicknesses of thin foam dots. Using different amounts of foam dots allows me to achieve a variety of layers at varying heights.
Instead of adding the chipboard elements as is, I decided to dress them up a bit. I started by adding enamel dots to the camera buttons. To make the glasses match my son’s in the picture I used black ink to stain the frames. When the ink was dry, I added acetate and vellum to the open areas of the frame to resemble glass. Tiny brads in the corners were the finishing touch.
I added a little bit of hand journaling to this die cut with a pencil first, then wrote over the top with pen. I cut several stars from patterned paper and layered them with clear epoxy stickers for added dimension.
In my opinion, having an attention grabbing page title only comes second to good photos on a page. To give my title a little pizazz, I cut “Braces” from metallic foil paper. To achieve the look of dimensional chipboard, I cut and layered both words four times. I like to use spray glue for a tight bond between the layers of cardstock. I hope these tips inspire you to make a quick page with specialized and dimensional extras. To get you started I’ve drawn up a sketch you can download to create your quick and simple page!
See more of Laina’s designs in the August 2014 issue.