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About the Cards
Technique: Button Brads
Designers: Paris Dukes & LeNae Gerig
Button Brads: Little embellishments that make a big impact on your paper crafts! Just keep reading to check out 2 brand-new layouts from Paris and LeNae, each accented with unique Button Brads.
The Oregon Garden
By Paris Dukes
Take advantage of the embossed surface on the top of your Button Brads! On Paris The Oregon Garden layout, she lightly sanded the tops of three Navy Button Brads to tie in with the distressing on the crumpled, sanded tags and the faux-distressed vintage papers. Button Brads are painted, so theres a silver surface underneath that can be exposed by lightly sanding off some of the paint, creating a weathered look.
- Use the blue floral with striped border paper as the background, turning the paper so the border runs along the bottom edge. Place the paper on a cutting mat. Starting 7/8" from the right edge of the page, use an X-acto knife to cut a 3 1/2" long slit along the top edge of the rose textured portion of the background paper border.
- Mat a 3 1/8"x4 3/4" vertical photo on rose textured paper, trimming the mat to 1/8". Wrap a 3" length of white sheer ribbon diagonally around the top left corner, securing the loose tails on the back. Punch a hole through the center of the ribbon and the matted photo; insert one medium white button brad. Glue the photo at an angle, tucking the bottom of the photo into the slit you cut in step 1.
- Lay a 13 length of white sheer ribbon centered over the rose textured strip on the background paper, securing the tails on the back. Mat another 3 1/8"x4 3/4" vertical photo on rose textured paper, trimming the mat to 1/8". Glue the matted photo at an angle to the right of the other photo. Sand two medium navy button brads. Add the navy button brads and a white button brad to the rose textured strip, on top of the ribbon.
- Mat a 6"x4" horizontal photo on blue floral textured paper, trimming the mat to 3/16". Mat again on rose textured paper, trimming the mat to 1/8". Lay a 5 1/2" length of white sheer ribbon down the left edge of the matted photo, securing the tails on the back. Glue the matted photo 5/8" from the top edge and 5/8" from the right edge of the page.
- Cut out the green and blue floral tag. Crumple the tag, then flatten it out and lightly sand the top to remove some of the color. Sand the top of one small navy button brad. Attach one small white button brad and the sanded navy button brad over the striped border in the bottom right corner of the tag. Cut out the blue textured with striped border tag and crumple, flatten and sand as before. Journal the date onto the blue textured portion, then glue over the top of the green and blue floral tag. Tie a 9" length of ribbon into a shoestring bow, then use a medium white button brad to attach the bow to the top of the tags. Use foam tape to secure the tag overlapping the ribbon length on the photo in the top right corner of the page.
- Cut out the blue textured and pink textured tags and crumple, flatten and sand as before. Journal the place names onto the tags. Cut a 3" length of white sheer ribbon and fold it in half. Secure one loose tail behind the top of each of the tags. Use foam tape to secure the tags at varying angles in the bottom right corner of the page with the folded end of the ribbon length overlapping the ribbon that runs across the page border. Tie an 8" length of white sheer ribbon into a shoestring bow. Use a large white button brad to attach the bow over the folded end of the ribbon length that extends from the top of the tags.
Cute as a Button
By LeNae Gerig
Buttons make such sweet accents on baby pages, but breaking out the needle and thread to sew buttons onto projects can sometimes be a hassle. Button Brads make it simple! For this Cute as a Button layout, LeNae added dimension to the page border with a series of colorful, alternating Button Brads, then used another Button Brad to replace the letter o in the page title for a creative twist.
- Use the pink stitched with flowers paper as the background. Cut a 3 1/8"x12" strip of lime with floral border paper including the border. Mat the long border side on white cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/16". Punch a series of seven holes, each spaced about 1 1/2" apart, along the border edge of the paper strip. Add four small pastel pink button brads and 3 medium lily pond button brads to the holes, alternating ever other one. Glue the paper strip flush against the bottom of the page, gluing only the bottom, left and right edges and leaving the top edge unglued.
- Mat a 5"x7" vertical photo on the lime portion left over from the lime with floral border paper, trimming the mat to 1/8". Mat again on white cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/8". Glue at an angle over the right side of the page with the bottom edge of the photo tucked under the top edge of the bordered paper strip. Secure the top edge of the paper strip.
- Computer journal onto white cardstock leaving 1 1/2" of blank space between the title and the journaling block. Crop the journaling to a vertical rectangle with 1" of blank space below the journaling. Mat on the lime portion of the lime with floral border paper, trimming the mat to 1/8". Glue the journaling at an angle over the left side of the page.
- Cut a 7" length of pink grosgrain ribbon and trim the tails at angle. Tie into a shoestring bow and use a Zot to secure the bow in the bottom right corner of the journaling block. Cut a 3/4" strip of pink gingham paper that is 3/4" longer than the width of your journaling block. Glue the strip across the journaling block, overlapping the blank space between the title and the journaling. Add one light green mini brad to each end of the gingham paper strip. Cut out tag alphabet tiles to spell the word button, except for the letter o. Glue the letters at varying angles, slightly overlapping each other, across the gingham paper strip, replacing the letter o with a medium lily pond button brad.
Love the Button Brads you see on these projects? Check out all 10 versatile colors of Button Brads by clicking here!