Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Layout of the Week #7- Scrapbooking with Wood Grain Paper

     This week's theme for Layout of the Week is using wood grain paper. This is a recent trend I've seen, although it's been around before. As a matter of fact, the wood grain paper that I used today, I pulled out of a file of papers I've had since I started scrapbooking.

Gather your supplies
1 piece of wood grain paper- mine is 8 1/2x11"
1 piece of cardstock
1-4 pieces of pattern paper- mine has strips of different strips, so I'm able to get 4 different patterns from it. Even if you choose a busy print, you can probably cut from different sides to get unique patterns from it.
letter stickers- I chose 2 different ones for my title
photos and/or other memorabilia  

You'll want to start by trimming 2 different strips and adhering them to the top and bottom edges of the cardstock. I also trimmed a narrow strip -about 1/2" x 4" and placed it in the upper left corner

Next, you'll want to adhere your piece of wood grain paper. I wanted mine to act as a pocket, so I only put adhesive around 3 sides and left the top open.

Place the wood grain paper next to the right edge of the cardstock centered in between the top and bottom strips. If you want to create a pocket, make sure the side with no adhesive is placed at the top.

Now, you will want to adhere another strip of pattern paper to the left of the wood grain paper. Then you can adhere your photos. I chose to place 8 photos on my paper. You may not have that many which is fine.

Adhere your title in the top left corner. I used 2 different types of letters to create my title. Feel free to overlap the strips of pattern paper.

Finally, you'll want to add your journaling. I jotted notes on a piece of pattern paper and adhered it slightly overlapping the photos. I also finished the layout off with a trio of buttons- one near the title, one below the journaling block, and one to the right of the photos.

If you decided to use your wood grain paper as an pocket, you can now add your memorabilia. I placed a map of the area in my pocket. If you want to keep your layout simple, stop right here.

To add a little zing, I added a photo of a statue which I cut off of a pamphlet that I picked up that day. If you are doing this layout digitally, it should be easy to digitally place an image like this.
I also added number stickers on each photo to match up with my journaling and a small sticker in the lower right corner to document the date of this outing.

Here is another example of a layout using wood grain paper. The wood grain is more visible here than on the first layout. I like this look- somehow I think it looks like I pinned photos and paper to a telephone pole!:)

    With these weekly layouts, I usually try to go with a simple layout using common everyday items. I hope you're able to use pattern paper from your stash instead of buying new.
     If there's a topic you'd like to see that I haven't covered, please leave me a comment!

    On another note, my very entertaining husband has started a blog about self-sufficiency and gardening- 2 of his passions. Feel free to stop by and take a look!

     Thanks for stopping by!
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1 comment:

Stacey said...

Very nice job!
I love scrapbooking although it has taken quite the backseat to my other pursuits of a late! I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change