Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Layout of the Week #11- Scrapbooking with Newspaper

     Hi Guys! It's Wednesday, and you know what that means around here: Layout of the Week! I decided to use newspaper in our layout-don't quite know what made me choose that.
     I used real newspaper- which isn't archivally safe- I don't mind. But if you'd rather, there's different scrapbook papers with print on them (made to look like old dictionary pages). If you're a digital scrapper, I'm sure you can download a newsprint pattern or book page print.

1 piece of card stock- doesn't matter what color as it's going to be covered with newspaper
scrap piece of pattern paper (bright or multi-colored would be best)
markers that match your pattern paper
journaling card

First, you'll want to cover your cardstock with the newspaper. You can use a glue stick or Mod Podge. Make sure you get enough adhesive along the edges so they don't peel up. Smooth the paper out with your hand or a brayer. Mine has a few wrinkles- it adds character:)
Now flip it over and trim along the edges of the card stock so it looks like you have a 12"x12" piece of newspaper.
Now use your ruler and markers to draw lines around the edges- this will be your border and will add color to the layout. I used four different colors to match the scrapbook paper I chose.

Next, take your piece of pattern paper and draw 3 circles on the back of it. You want one large and two medium. I freehanded my circles- and you can tell! It was the look I was going for. You may trace around a cup or bowl if you'd like a more perfect circle.

Cut the circles out. Then cut the centers out of the circles so you just have an outline. Once again, this doesn't have to be perfect-it adds to the "handmade" look.

Decide where you want the circles. You may want to wait to adhere them until you decide where you're going to place the other elements.

Place the title at the bottom left corner overlapping the circle there. I could see that my title was going to extend to the center of the page, so I waited to adhere the last two letters until after placing my photos.

Add your photos. I cut mine smaller to fit more on the page. You could place a 4"x 6" photo in the upper left corner. At the bottom right corner, you could do a photo collage similar to what I did or use a vertical 4"x6" or 5"x7" photo.

Now place your journaling card in the blank area above the photos. I felt like mine was too big for the area, so I cut it in half.
To finish off the layout, I used a piece of scrap paper and freehand cut out three circles and placed them around the layout: one in the upper left corner overlapping a photo, one in the bottom right corner, and one up on the journaling card.

Hmm, scraps and newspaper- I think this may be the cheapest layout yet!:)

In this layout, I cut a heart out of newspaper and sewed it to a piece of card stock.

Here's one more example of using newspaper as the background for a layout.

The only thing I suggest when scrapping with newspaper is to use bright colors with it.
     Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

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Is said...

Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment! Your layout turned out great! I love using what I have at home so using the newspaper to make it seems a perfect idea to me. Great tutorial!
Greetings from Spain

Andrea said...

Hey, I LOVE this page!! so creative!!!

Thanks for leaving a comment in my blog, so appreciated!!


Jeannie said...

I think this is a great 'reuse' idea! My only suggestion would be to seal the newspaper somehow with a thin layer of gesso or maybe modpodge on both sides in an attempt to protect the newspaper from yellowing after years and years. Thanks for sharing!