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About the Layouts
Technique: Masculine Pages
Designer: Laura Nicholas & LeNae Gerig
Looking for the perfect recipe to create masculine projects? Icons like cars, tools and footballs aren't the only way to go! Instead, try starting with rich, versatile colors like browns, blues, greens and reds. Add in some geometric shapes and patterns like squares, stripes, argyle and plaid, and don't forget the cool distressing techniques! Inking, sanding, crumpling and tearing are all great ways to rough up your papers and embellishments for use on masculine projects.
By Laura Nicholas
- Sand the edges of the blue/brown stripe paper and place it with the stripes running vertically. Sand the edges of a 5 1/2"x12" strip of brick red grid paper and glue it 3/4" from the left edge of the stripe paper.
- Glue two vertical photos 1" from the left side of the grid paper and add a rust brad to each corner of the grid paper. Computer journal snakes, snails and frogs onto white cardstock, then punch each word to a 3/4" circle and ink the edges. Sand the edges of the small square tags and place them on a cutting mat with the tabs on the left. Carefully cut around the right side of each tab with a craft knife. Glue one circle of journaling centered over each of the tags, tucking the edge of the circle under the right edge of the tab. Fold three 2" lengths of black grosgrain ribbon in half. Secure the loose ends of one ribbon behind the left edge of each of the tags with a black mini brad in the tab. Use foam tape to attach the tags over the left edge of the photos.
- Mat another photo on grid paper, trimming the left, top and right edges of the mat to 1/8" and leaving the bottom edge at 1". Tear along the bottom edge of the mat and sand the other three edges. Wrap a length of ribbon across the bottom of the photo and secure the tails on the back of the mat. Cut a 2 3/4"x1 1/2" square of white cardstock and trim off the top left and right corners at an angle to create a tag shape. Ink the edges and glue the tag behind the top left edge of the photo. Glue the photo 1" from the right edge of the page.
- Run a thin strip of grid paper through the holes on two black buttons, adhering the loose ends to the back of the button. Use Zots to attach the buttons across the white cardstock tag above the photo with a black/white painted brad between them. Punch a circle of blue/brown striped paper and sand the edges, then glue the circle over a black big brad. Fold a 5 1/2" length of ribbon in half. Insert the big brad into the center of the silk flower and use the brad to secure the folded end of the ribbon length under the flower. Attach the flower over in the bottom right corner of the photo with foam tape.
- Computer journal onto white cardstock and ink the edges. Mat on grid paper, trimming the mat to 1/8", then sand the edges of the mat and glue the journaling in the bottom right corner of the page. Fold a 1 1/2" length of ribbon in half and use a square brad to attach the loose ends in the bottom right corner of the journaling.
By LeNae Gerig
- Use the blue circles paper as the background. Tear one long edge off a 3 1/2"x12" piece of blue/brown circles paper and ink the torn edge. Mat the edge on blue/brown stripe paper, trim the mat to 3/4" and tear down the long edge. Ink the torn edge of the mat, then glue the strip even with the left side of the background paper, placing the torn edges on the right and leaving them unglued.
- Mat two horizontal photos on blue glimmer paper and trim the mats to 1/8". Add a rust mini brad to each corner of one of the matted photos and glue the photo 1" from the bottom of the page. Add a rust mini brad to the top and bottom right corners of the second photo. Computer journal onto ivory cardstock, ink the edges brown and glue the edge behind the right side of the matted photo. Glue the photo 1 1/2" from the top of the page, tucking the left edge of the photo under the torn edges of the page border, then glue the edge of the border in place.
- Sand the edges of chipboard letters to spell men. Knot a piece of rust grosgrain ribbon around the edges of the letter M, then attach the letters at varying angles down the page border. Run embroidery floss through the holes on two light blue buttons. For one button, secure the loose ends to the back of the button and use a Zot to attach it in the bottom right corner of the border. For the other button, leave the embroidery floss a little longer and tie the tails together to form a loop, then attach the button in the top right corner of the border.
- Journal the family name and date onto the tag cut-out with a black pen and add a rust brad to the tab. Use foam tape to attach the tag at an angle over the page border, wrapping the loop of embroidery floss around the base of the tags brad.