This layout is a perfect example of a popular technique that’s incredibly versatile—distressing. From shabby chic to masculine and everything in between, distressing adds a unique look to page designs. In this page, it gives the layout a rugged outdoors feel, perfect for its theme.
About This Page
LeNae used the brown leather paper for the background, then added the beach pebbles paper on top. She matted her photos and glued them over torn and crumpled pieces of brown paper. LeNae hung the “father” quote from a brad and computer journaled on ivory. She added the alphabet tiles and embossed paper charms to accent and title the page.
Patterned Paper Tip
LeNae selected the beach pebbles paper to mimic the gravel in the large photo. The brown leather was also a natural selection to go with the “dirt bike” theme of the page. LeNae used cream-colored alphabet tiles and ivory paper to keep the colors of the layout natural, but used a thin red mat to make the main photo stand out. The red coordinates perfectly with the red on Jim’s pants in the photo.
LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Distressing
Distressing is a simple technique that adds a ton of character to a layout. On this page, LeNae used three different kinds of distressing. Notice how the edges of the beach pebbles and brown leather papers curl up in several places? That’s one of the methods. To achieve this, LeNae simply tore the edges, then moistened her fingers with water and rolled them in the direction she wanted them to go, then let them dry. This is a fantastic way to add texture.
The second thing LeNae did was to distress her photo mats. By simply crumpling the brown paper into a ball and then uncrumpling it, she created a softer, more textured piece of paper to put her photo on. LeNae used the same crumpling method on the ivory paper she journaled on, then lightly added brown chalk to the paper. The chalk makes the creases stand out, increasing the rugged appearance. You can also use an inkpad to add definition to your creases or sandpaper to tone done the color or brightness of a paper.
LeNae’s Steps to Making This Layout
- For the background: Use the brown “leather” as your main background. Tear one 5”x12” and one 4”x7” strip of beach pebbles paper. Roll the torn edges with fingers moistened with water. Let dry and glue to the brown “leather” paper as shown, the larger piece flush with the left edge. Tear a spot on the left edge of the beach pebbles paper, roll the edges. Make another tear on the lower right of the “leather” paper, roll the edges and glue a piece of pebble paper behind it.
- For the large photo: Crop and mat the large photo on red, then black. Tear a rectangle of brown “leather” paper and crumple. Smooth out and glue behind the matted photo as shown.
- For the smaller photos: Crop and mat the smaller photos on black. Crumple and smooth out rectangles of brown “leather” paper and place them behind the matted photo. Use foam tape to attach the smaller photos to the page.
- For the journaling: Computer journal and print onto ivory paper. Crop either by cutting or tearing. Crumple the paper, smooth out and chalk with brown. Glue to the page as shown.
- Add the embellishments: Cut out the alphabet tiles and glue to the page as shown. Cut out the embossed paper charms and attach with foam tape. Cut out the definition and mat with both brown and black papers. Insert an eyelet in each of the top corners. Thread a 6” length of brown fiber through the back of the holes and knot at the front to secure. Glue to the top of the page as shown and secure the fiber with a brad.