Friday, February 17, 2012

Cookies With Santa - Altered PageMaps Sketch Layout

Thank you to my friend Marg over at I Didn't Have Potatoes for sharing this PageMaps sketch. You should check her blog out, she has some fabulous ideas! It inspired me so I decided to try it for my latest layout, our family outing with Santa. The sketch was originally for a 2-page 8 1/2 x 11 layout, but I made it into a 2-page 12 x 12 layout.

I used the now retired Believe Paper Packet from Close To My Heart; you can still get the papers in the Workshop On The Go Kit until February 29, 2012. I chose to distress the papers by taking the edge of my micro-tip scissors, while closed, and scraping along the edges of the papers. This makes a nice rough edge, without as much of a possibility for cutting my fingers. For the bigger pieces I then rolled and crinkled the edges to further distress.

I liked the notebook edge on the journal piece in the sketch. Since I wanted to use Desert Sand Cardstock for that piece, and didn't have a notebook edge cut available, I used my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut a 1/4" circle then pressed the arrow 2 times to move the paper inward, cut another circle, press the arrow 2 times, then repeat 20 times. Afterward, I used my trusty scissors to cut out the space where the notebook wire would have pulled on the paper. Then I distressed it like the rest of the papers. I used the ruled stamp on D1303 Classmate Alphabet to create lines on the journal piece with Desert Sand Ink. And then hand wrote with my Topiary Marker.

The Santa title is stamped using the E1021 Trinity Alphabet and Holiday Red Stamp Pad. The embellishments were stamped with the D1494 Christmas Cheer set using the Black and Topiary Stamp Pads. I then used the Blending Pen with Holiday Red, Sky, and Sweet Leaf inks to color the stamped images. For the presents, I cut out the images using a Cutting Knife, including the box part of the images. I then placed patterned paper behind the stamped image to make it look like the packages were wrapped.

For the finishing touch, behind the stamped images, I stamped the snowflakes image from the D1494 Christmas Cheer set using White Daisy ink. This adds a subtle hint of texture to the base pages.

Happy Scrapping!
Jen Lee

1 comment:

Marg said...

Hey! Thanks for the shout-out! This page map really inspired me too! Love what you did with it Jen!