Siblings | Traditional Scrapbook Layout

I started the day yesterday with a tweet and a facebook post that said, "I've got a layout in my head that I want to make happen today."

Of course, the one I was imagining was not exactly what I ended up with but it was a good experiment and experience.

In my mind I envisioned a background full of handwriting. I ended up with half a page of embossed handwriting paired with journaling inter-mixed between the lines.

Here's a look at the completed page:

And here's a look at the process:

Using a Martha Stewart fine-tip glue pen, I hand-wrote some words onto cardstock. The trick here was that the glue is invisible so I couldn't see where my words were placed on the cardstock. I knew that I wanted to emboss on top of those words so I poured on a bit of Zing powder before doing a few more lines of handwriting.

I wrote on about half the page and then used a heat gun to set. This was my first time using a glue pen + embossing powder + heat gun and the results were okay. The embossed portion didn't end up as smooth as I'd hoped. I think I need to use a "real" embossing pen next time instead of a glue pen.

I also ended up burning the background cardstock a bit. There were a couple areas that turned brown from too much heat.

That said I decided to just go with it.

I knew I wanted to work with these colors and embellishments so I decided to rub ink on top of the embossed handwriting (once it was dry).

I used some chalk ink from this set. I started with the brown and then decided I'd rather have the blue.

And then I painted over the top with gesso (essentially white paint).

On the bottom half of the page I added a piece of polka dot pattern paper (unknown source) and painted gesso on top of it too.

Next I grabbed my other supplies.

I cut a couple words out with the Silhouette and ended up using one along the bottom. It was one that I just hand-drew and it's not currently part of a set of word art but I do have a set about siblings available here. I was having trouble getting the Silhouette to cut through the cardstock - wondering if maybe I need a new blade? My settings were the same as I've been using recently when it was cutting just fine. How often do you need a new blade?

For this layout I wanted to use two Instagram shots of Simon and Anna on a rope swing at a local indoor play place.

You can see the texture of the embossed handwriting a bit better in this image.

Intermixed between the lines of embossed handwriting I wrote my journaling using a .01 Precision Pen from American Crafts.

The combination of tags and arrows includes: Heidi Swapp Disco Arrows, Oromlu Go Negative Tags stamped with my Ordinary Days stamps using gold chalk ink, a pattern label tab from American Crafts, a yellow tag from the new Martha Stewart collection at Staples, and a playing card from this month's Studio Calico kit.

I also added a bit of zig-zag stitching connecting the background cardstock and the polka dot pattern paper.

Along the bottom I stapled the "siblings" word art I cut with the Silhouette on top of the photos. I just ended up stapling it with a Tiny Attacher on both ends.

To finish it off I inked the outside edge of the page with gold chalk ink.

This is one of those pages that's got really nice texture when viewed in person and I'm not sure it translates all that well online. Totally worth playing around with and I'm definitely going to seek out an actual embossing pen.

JOURNALING | The two of you. Amazing. In a place right now that's all about finding your own place and discovering yourself (kinda the place where I find myself too). The three of us are establishing new routines and new ways of being together. We are loving each other in the middle of growing and changing and learning new stuff. Exactly the way it should be. I love that you have each other and that you give kisses and hugs and look out for each other. That's a big piece of being in a family.


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