University of Oregon
Simple little slide mounts—these treasures are not only great for their true purpose of mounting slides, they’re also perfect for embellishing a page and easy to incorporate into any color theme. Leave them white or add a special touch by chalking, covering with patterned or solid paper or inking them as LeNae did here. Note: These paper slide mounts are acid-free.
About This Page
LeNae started this page with a gingham ribbon border background paper. She matted both photos on black, then computer journaled, also matting on black. To add some sophistication, LeNae inked three square slide mounts black and added them to the bottom of the page. Two slide mounts hold tape-style word fragments while a third has a small rolled-up paper tied with ribbon to replicate the look of a diploma
Patterned Paper Tip
The gingham ribbon paper (the ribbon is printed on the background paper) works great to create a sophisticated layout for Erin’s graduation. While it may look like the background is pieced together, it’s really all once piece from Ephemera Background Papers. The black of the gingham print matches the black of Erin’s gown and the printed ribbon gives the page great dimension. The ivory portion of the paper allows the photos to stand out and keeps the page from becoming too dark. The burgundy colored page bottom gives the layout color and depth. LeNae matted the photos and journaling on black and inked the slide mounts to coordinate with the ribbon and photos.
LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Slide Mounts
You’ve probably heard all the buzz about slide mounts. These fun little treasures are an incredible addition to a page, card or other paper crafting project. LeNae loves to use them to frame a photo, a piece of artwork, a card sentiment or other embellishment like these tape-style fragments.
To color her slide mounts, LeNae inked them with a black inkpad. She first placed them white side up, on a piece of scratch paper. Turning the inkpad upside down, she lightly pressed it onto the slide mounts. Tip: By tapping lightly you’ll get light coverage, by pressing down more firmly, the result will be darker coverage. After letting the slide mounts dry, LeNae added them to the bottom of the page as shown. Note: You’ll get a different effect if you use plastic slide mounts. Those from Hot Off The Press are all paper.
The best part about this technique is that you can ink the slide mounts any color to coordinate with your project! For a different look you can add decorating chalks or cover the slide mounts with paper. Read Using Slide Mounts for more great tips on incorporating slide mounts into your paper crafting projects.
LeNae’s Steps to Making This Layout
- For the background: Use the black gingham ribbon border paper as your background.
- For the photos and journaling: Mat both photos on black, trim to 1/8”. Glue to the page, overlapping as shown. Computer journal on white, then mat on black, trimming to 1/8”. Add the large journaling block to the top right and the small one below the left-hand photo, over the ribbon.
- For the slide mounts: Lay all three slide mounts white side up on a piece of scrap paper. Take a black inkpad, turn it upside down and press onto the slide mounts, pressing hard for darker coverage or tapping lightly for light coverage. Let the slide mounts dry. Glue across the bottom portion of the page, 1 1/2” apart with the left slide mount over the gingham ribbon. Cut out the “wisdom”, “journey” and “seek” fragments. Glue “journey” to the bottom of large journaling block. Center “wisdom” in the left slide mount and “seek” in the right slide mount.
- For the faux diploma: Roll a 1 1/2” square of white paper tie it with a length of black sheer ribbon. Glue across the center slide mount.