Elegantly scrapped
e-Magazines - Issue 18 (Jan 2009) (Public)
Thursday, 01 January 2009 16:00

It's not easy to pull off a layout that is simple yet elegant plus have all the right stuff to tell the story and keep the memory alive forever. There is after all a very fine line between enough embellishments and knowing when and where to stop before you cross the line from elegant to awful. Cariena Basson managed to create a beautiful elegant layout that we share with you.

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Life by Cariena Basson (Page 1)

Life by Cariena Basson
This is one of those understated elegantly executed layouts filled with just the right stuff - a beautiful photo, creative embellishments, journaling and a striking title. Cariena used this beautiful old tap photo as inspiration for her layout recording the deeper meaning of life. The arrangement of elements and techniques used as well as the quite white space draws the viewer in and makes you want to know more about the photo.
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics. Stamp by Hero Arts. Ink by Stazon. Alcohol ink by Ranger Industries. Other: Tag, ribbon, chipboard letters, chipboard flourish, dimensional glaze, embossing powder, contact paper, flowers & brads.

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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 1)
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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 2)
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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 3)

Use Collage stamps
Collage stamps have become very popular in the last couple of years and we see them all over the industry. Cariena used a collage stamp from Hero Arts to make a custom tag for her layout. If you haven't got any collage stamps in your stash you can use what you have to create the same look. Combine your own stamps together and over-stamp them to create a 'collage' look that is unique. Start by selecting a couple of different stamp to match your theme. Stamp wording and script stamps first and them add solid images like birds and flowers on top of them to create a focus point. Masking techniques would be great here and will make the look more authentic.

Journal your memories
It's great to make a beautiful scrapbook layout with lots of photos and embellishments, but what about the important stuff - the journaling? We have become so used to all the stuff that we often forget to write down what others don't know. Don't take for granted the fact that others know things. And remember you may not always remember yourself.

Create different layers
Use different elements on your layouts to create layers and add interest. As part of her layering and creating a place for her layout Cariena used a shaped piece of cardstock. It not only adds interest but visually draws your eyes towards the title and photo.

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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 4)
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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 5)
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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 6)

Use something different
For this layout she added some delicate printed paper flowers from the East. These are normally made from handmade paper such as mulberry paper and come in various shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. You can also make your own by die-cutting different flowers out of tissue paper and then stamp a design onto them.

Change the look
Change the look of your chipboard elements using some interesting products. Heat emboss layers of metallic embossing powder onto raw chipboard for instant glamour. Create a cluster of embellishments for effect.

Use interesting products
Create interest on your layouts by trying your hand at some of the new products available on the market. Cariena used crackle paint on her lettering with great effect adding lots of texture and interest. A flat title would otherwise have been quite boring. The Crackle Paint from Ranger Industries is a one step product that can be applied to just about any surface. Gone are the days where we have to use several different layers of products to create a crackle effect. The thicker the layer that you apply the more cracks and the bigger, apply less paint and only get a minimalistic effect. Available in different colours so you can get the perfect match for your projects. So go ahead try your hand at something new.

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Life by Cariena Basson (Close-up 7)

Create photo corners like Cariena did
You can make quick photo corners to suit your layout with only a few products. The best part is that they will be unique to your layouts, economical and easily made again if you need more. We show you how to in a few easy steps.

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Step 1
Cut a piece of contact paper in a a square. The bigger the square the bigger the photo corners will be. Leave the backing in tact for now.
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Step 2
Place your contact square onto your craft sheet. Use two or three different colours of alcohol ink and apply to the contact paper using the applicator.
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Step 3
Use the blending solution to lighten the colour if you feel it is too dark. To create texture drip some of the blending solution directly onto the ink.
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Step 4
Leave the contact paper to dry. Cut the square in half diagonally to form two triangles for your photo corners. Simply peel the backing paper to adhere.

Step 1
Cut a piece of contact paper in a a square. The bigger the square the bigger the photo corners will be. Leave the backing in tact for now.

Step 2
Place your contact square onto your craft sheet. Use two or three different colours of alcohol ink and apply to the contact paper using the applicator.

Step 3
Use the blending solution to lighten the colour if you feel it is too dark. To create texture drip some of the blending solution directly onto the ink.

Step 4
Leave the contact paper to dry. Cut the square in half diagonally to form two triangles for your photo corners. Simply peel the backing paper to adhere.

This article is an online reproduction of page 32-35 of imagine e-magazine issue 18 (January 2009) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.