Creating Masculine Scrapbook Pages
We all know how easy it is to find scrapbooking materials for feminine pages. "Pretty" papers and embellishments abound in any scrapbooking store. You can even find little boy products fairly easily, frogs and baseball caps galore. But what do you do when you want to create a page about your husband, father or teenage son? If the men in your family are anything like the ones in mine, it's hard enough getting them to sit still for a photo and finding ways to scrapbook that photo can seem equally daunting. While I love all of the "pretty" products that are available, let's face it, they don't work so well when you want to create a layout of your husband.
The standard solution when you want to create a masculine page has been to fall back on male "icons" such as footballs, baseballs and cars, but this can be difficult (and misleading!) if your subject isn't interested in any of those things. Instead of using these "traditional" male images I like to create masculine themed pages based around color, pattern, and texture. Pages using earth tones and rich blues and greens are a great place to start when creating masculine pages. I also like to use masculine patterns such as plaid, narrow stripes, and argyle.
I know finding masculine papers (ones that aren't covered with baseballs, anyway) can be hard. That's why I love the new Masculine sarapapers™ from Hot Off The Press. These perfectly coordinated papers are ideal for masculine pages, and they come with tags that match! Of course once you've picked out your papers it's time for embellishments!
Using embellishments on masculine pages can seem tricky too. One of my favorite embellishments to use with masculine themed pages is anything metal. Metal embellishments add an instant masculine touch. Brads also work wonderfully on masculine pages, because they add color and dimension. I use them as a great accent to tags and to create borders (I like to stagger my brad borders so I don't have to worry about having a perfectly straight line!).
Don't be afraid to use ribbon or even flowers. While you might think you can't use these traditionally "girly" embellishments, they can actually look great on masculine pages. For ribbons, I like to avoid bows and instead go with more masculine looking knots. Just tie the knot, trim the ends off at an angle and you're set. Ribbon can also be used to make great tabs behind photos and tags and works beautifully as a border along the side of a page. Flowers should be used sparingly but can work wonderfully with outdoor pages and I love them for prom photos! Try to find flowers in masculine colors (like dark blue or rust) rather than feminine colors (such as pink). And for heritage pages or formal occasions black flowers look great.
My favorite embellishment for masculine pages would have to be buttons. They remind me of men's shirts and add just the right touch. It's not nearly as hard to add buttons to a page as you might think. I don't actually stitch the buttons on, instead what I like to do is cut a really thin strip of paper, thread it through button holes and then attach it to the page using a Glue Dot™. I use this technique to create a button border or to frame photos.
A simple way to add a masculine touch to a page is distressing. Just sand the edges of some chipboard letters and you've got an instant masculine look. Tearing paper is another ways of creating a great distressed look. A torn border is a great place to tuck the edge of a photo, hang a tag or display embellishments. To make your torn edge more visible, try inking around the edge with a coordinating ink.
Having trouble finding embellishments to go with your masculine pages? I know it can be difficult, that's why I love Masculine Embellish-abilities™. This embellishment kit comes with everything you need to decorate your masculine pages. And the embellishments coordinate perfectly with the Masculine sarapapers™!
Masculine pages may seem daunting at first but with the right products and techniques you can create great pages for the men in your life!