Shabby Chic Little Girl Layout

by Shauna Berglund-Immel

Shaunas pretty page is perfect for scrappers who love the shabby chic look. Walnut ink, rubber stamping ink, chalk and sandpaper are the tools of the tradeso use this layout as an easy introduction to the shabby chic style.

Teaching Techniques:
What makes a page shabby chic? The most important characteristic is imperfection. Thats rightthe charm of the shabby chic trend is torn edges, dabbled color, uneven lines and lots of layers. No measuring needed! Here are a few more general techniques that identify this trend:

Patterned paper: Think shabby chic is all about brown cardstock? Not so! Here Shauna combined a denim paper with a vintage floral. Both have been altered with chalk and ink to give an aged look.

Mixing textures: Paper, ribbon, metal and embroidery threadthe shabby chic or distressed look frequently combines multiple textures, from bumpy and lumpy to smooth or fuzzy.

Chalk: Chalk lends a gentle touch, its easy to apply and its forgiving (just erase with a white artists eraser). Here, Shauna uses her finger to apply brown chalk shading on the cardstock photo mats and the torn edge of the floral paper.

Walnut ink: Walnut ink is a great way to add an aged look. It comes in crystal or liquid forms and can be applied by spattering with a stiff toothbrush, stippling with a stipple brush or spritzing (either mix the crystals with water and put it in a small spray bottle, or purchase it premixed). You can also brush on the liquid with a foam brush, as Shauna did.

Direct-to-paper ink: Add a bit of color from rubber stamp inkpads with direct-to-paper techniques. Direct-to-paper simply means applying color from an inkpad directly onto your paper without a rubber stamp. A favorite method is to edge with inkhold the paper in one hand and the inkpad in the other; run the inkpad along the edge of the paper.

Sanding: Use sandpaper to add a vintage effect to paper. Note: Different grades of sandpaper will achieve different looks, so a fine-grade sandpaper will sand less dramatically than a coarse sandpaper. Whichever you choose to use, start with a light touch and repeat.

Torn edges. Shabby chic style often features torn paper edges, as Shauna shows here with her torn floral paper and torn definition. To keep the page balanced visually, Shauna kept straight lines as well: on her matted photo and journaling, with the straight lines of the ribbons and on her folded page corner.

Supply Listing:

Teacher Supply Instructions:
The Paper Pizazz papers are available by the sheet for 49 each; the $1.99 Garden Gate Treasure is packaged singly, and we recommend each student receive it in the package. For the definition, you have two options:

  1. Build the $9.99 retail cost of the Definitions & Words Ephemera into the cost of your class. Each student will have the same definition and each will be able to take the rest of the collection home.
  2. Tear apart a single Definitions & Words Ephemera collection and give each student a different definition.

Note: There are 243 definitions in that collection.

Cardstock, embroidery floss, brads and grosgrain ribbon should come out of the store stock. Non-consumables, like ink, chalk, alphabet stamps and walnut ink, should be shared between students.

Note: Because walnut ink and inkpads can get messy, be sure to cover the table surface with newspaper or plastic in order to protect the surface. Chalk and ink also result in dirty hands, so have handy-wipes readily available.

  1. The denim sheet is your background. Place on covered table surface. Sand the top, bottom and right side of the denim paper, creating a few white patches.
  2. Add brown chalk on the sanded edges.
  3. Tear a 6-wide strip of vintage floral paper. Crumple it up, then smooth it out. Apply walnut ink liquid to each edge with the foam brush. Use foam brush to lightly apply walnut ink liquid directly onto the front of the paper, lightly swiping the color on the corners and sides.
  4. When dry, glue to the left side of the page. Add a silver brad at the top and bottom left side.
  5. Use a pencil to mark your stitch holes along the torn border of the vintage rose paper. Dont worry about even spacing! Use the tip of an x-acto knife or needle to poke holes. Stitch through with embroidery thread.
  6. Insert the key into the leather cord, then wrap the corn ends from top to bottom and stapled them in place.
  7. Stamp the name and date on the ribbons, then attach then with the page with staples. Tie a knotted ribbon length on each stapled ribbon and one around the key. 8) Glue a 2 1/4 denim square back to back on the bottom right corner of the denim background paper. Fold it upwards and back as shown, securing it with a brad. Cut a 3 square of roses paper, add some walnut ink, and secure to the background paper to show behind the fold.

  8. Tear out the definition and apply walnut ink to the edges, then attach to the page.
  9. Mat photo on navy cardstock, then ivory cardstock, chalking the ivory edges brown. Run the brown inkpad along the edges of the mat.