Frame of mind
Magazines - Issue 01 (Aug 2007) (Public)
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 18:00

With all the scrapbooking ideas and products flooding the market today, you sometimes need to get into a different frame of mind to make a really special layout. A frame mount was used to create a story directly onto the mount. The frame compliments the busy mount beautifully while a single photo is used as a central focal point.

Love by Jowilna Nolte (Page 1)
Love by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 1)

Love by Jowilna Nolte
This project was inspired by an empty mount cut for one of my Woodcraft 12x12" frames. Instead of using the mount merely to frame the photograph I opted to decorate the mount and leave my photograph plain. I started off by gathering some cardstock and small embellishments to build my theme of 'love' and then added some stamping techniques and titbits to fi ll in the blank spots.
Mahogany frame by Woodcraft frames. Cardstock by Crate paper, Canson Mi-Teintes, Foo-fa-la & Bazzill Basics. Postage stamp punch by McGills. Melting Pot & gold UTEE by Ranger Industries. Stamps by PSX, PaperArtsy, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Just for fun, Paperchain & Best Rubber Stamps. Ink by Colorbox & Ranger Industries. Flowers by Paperworld, Making Memories & Prima. Rub-ons by Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers by 7Gypsies & Heidi Grace. Metal letters by American Crafts. Other: Acetate envelope, diamantes, ribbon, buttons & mountboard.

To add to the theme of priceless love I used a barcode font downloaded from the internet to create key words. Printed in brown onto cream cardstock they blended in nicely with the rest of the embellishments.

Design Tip
Notice how I used three barcode descriptive words placed on the mount to form a visual triangle. You can layer them onto cardstock for more dimension, or ink the edges with light brown chalk ink. Tuck them underneath title lettering to add to your title or cover chipboard rectangle shapes with them for raised embellishments. Barcode fonts can be downloaded from the internet.

Top Tip
The secret ingredient to this type of layout is that you need to create lots of little titbits and embellishments to fill the entire mount. It has to look busy and interesting to create a certain feel and look. First cover your mount in patterned cardstock and adhere your photo to the back. Then create all your embellishments and gather quotes. Before you start adhering anything to your layout position all your elements and move them around until you are happy with the look.

Love by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 2)
Love by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 3)

To add texture and colour to my metal letters, I first covered some of them in plain pink cardstock and then decorated them. I used a rub-on flourish. Running out half-way posed no problem as I simply cut pieces of a different rub-on and filled in the blanks on my letter.

Creative Tip
Rub-ons are versatile because you don't have to use the whole rub-on. Cut them up to apply parts of a specific design onto embellishments like flowers, buttons, lettering, chipboard and photos. This way you stretch your supplies a lot further and at the same time add decorative elements across an entire project.

Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Adding dimension to my project was easy using my melting pot and some stamps. I added UTEE Flex to my gold UTEE and then stamped directly into it to create my customized embellishments.

Technique tip
Look out for this technique with step by step illustrations in an upcoming issue when we focus on the melting pot in our tool time section. The melting pot is so versatile and can be used for making moulded images, stamping into, wax seals for invitations and lots more. Be careful when working with UTEE and the melting pot as they can get very hot.

Love by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 4)
Love by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 5)

I used a postage stamp punch to make more accents. I punched them from light pink cardstock and stamped postage seals onto them in light brown chalk ink and then inked the edges. To further add to my theme I used a set of postage themed wording stamps to create accents to go with my stamps. These were layered onto brown patterned paper and then onto my mount.

Creative Tip
Instead of using rubber stamps to decorate your postage stamps, print smaller index sized photos and adhere them to the punched stamps. These are also cute to use on envelopes for birthdays or letters to granny. Have your kids help you create their own customized postage stamps. Kid's drawings can be scanned and reduced to fit the stamps and used on their own layouts and greeting cards.

Use ribbon to add a feminine touch to your layout. Include small pieces tucked underneath chipboard or metal letters on your title, tie little bows around letters or use them to tie down metal elements, words and charms. Ribbon also add dimension and colour to your layout. Combine different coloured and textured ribbon together on your layout. Choose colours from your paper, photos and elements and match your ribbon to them, then add an accent colour.

Design Tip
Use small pieces of ribbon throughout your layout to form a visual triangle. Draw the viewers eye from one point on the layout to another by repeating elements used. Use ribbon to be functional on your layouts as well as decorative.

This article is an online reproduction of page 34-37 of imagine magazine issue 1 (August 2007) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered in printed form 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.