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Technique: Use 'Em for Anything Brights
Designers: Paris Dukes
By Paris Dukes
Hand drawn penwork is a fun and easy way to add a little personality to your monograms, says Paris. Since monograms have a slick surface, you'll want to use a permanent pen to do your penwork. My favorites are fine or ultra-fine tip Sharpies® or Slick Writers. Dots, dashes, and curliques add a fun and whimsical look!
- Place the striped paper with the stripes running horizontally. Mat a vertical photo on white cardstock, trim the mat to 1/8" and glue in the bottom left corner of the page. Use a yellow brad to attach a 2 1/2" blue flower in the bottom right corner of the photo.
- Mat a horizontal photo on white cardstock, trimming the bottom edge to 1 5/8" and the other three edges to 1/8". Criss-cross two lengths of sheer yellow ribbon across the large bottom edge of the mat, taping the ends to the back side. Glue the photo to the right of the vertical photo, 2 1/4" from the bottom of the page. Use a yellow brad to attach a 1 1/2" green flower over the point where the yellow ribbons intersect.
- Computer journal onto white cardstock and crop to a horizontal strip. Glue the journaling with the left end tucked under the blue flower.
- Layer a 3 1/2" green flower on top of a 4" blue flower and use Zots to attach the flowers above the vertical photo. Punch out a yellow a monogram and blue monograms to finish the word aloha, plus two blue brackets. Add white penwork to the letters. Foam tape the a in the center of the layered flowers. Foam tape the remaining letters to the right to spell aloha and add the brackets to the left and right sides.
By Paris Dukes
Color blocked papers make it so easy to design a layout, says Paris. With your paper already blocked off into sections of color, you can simply assign your photos, journaling, page title and other elements to the different blocks. On this London layout, I used the largest block to display my photos, a smaller horizontal block for my page title and the smallest block to include journaling.
- Place the color block paper with the red color block at the top. Mat one vertical and one horizontal photo plus three 2"x3" photos on navy cardstock, trimming each mat to 1/8". Glue the vertical photo in the top left corner of the page and the horizontal photo in the top right corner. Glue the three smaller photos below the horizontal photo, spacing the small photos about 1/8" apart. Add a yellow brad to the two spaces between the small photos. Use a black pen to journal below the vertical photo.
- Punch out red L, d and n monograms and a yellow n. Add three blue mini brads to the L and the red n. Foam tape the letters across the blue color block at the bottom of the page, using red brads to attach a 2 1/2" green and yellow flower to replace the os and complete the word London. Use a black pen to journal in the yellow color block.