scrapbook project
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There are several methods of tearing paper:

  1. Fold and tear along the crease where you folded the paper. This makes a very clean-guided tear.
  2. Tear along the edge of a metal ruler. This will also give you a very controlled guided tear.
  3. Freehand tearing is when you use nothing but your finger tips to tear a sheet of paper. This gives you a much rougher tear.
  4. To achieve a controlled tear with a freehand look, I use a cotton swab dipped in clean water. Use the swab to draw a line of water on the paper. While the paper is still damp, tear down the wet line. The result is a very pretty tear with a feathered look. The paper will then dry in a few minutes.
  5. To create a curled paper edge, tear the paper and then use your fingertips to gently roll the torn edge forward, creating a curl.

Lauren’s Ballet Recital
Designer: LeNae Gerig

scrapbook project
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  1. Tear 2 long sides and 1 short side of a dot rectangle with the result being a 10 1/2”x9” rectangle. Use your fingertips to gently roll the torn edges forward creating a curled edge. Glue the rectangle flush with the right side of the pink cardstock background paper, 1” from the top.
  2. Use a freehand tear along the long edges of a 5”x12” green floral rectangle and apply brown ink, along the torn edges. Glue it overlapping the dot paper, 2 1/2” from the left of the pink cardstock edge. Fold and tear both long edges of a strip of striped paper to get a 12”x1” paper strip. Tie a length of pink grosgrain ribbon around the right side of the strip. Glue to the pink cardstock, 5/8” from the bottom of the page.
  3. Mat the 5”x7” photo with green and then pink cardstocks, inking the edges between the layers and leaving a 1/8” wide border on each. Tie a bow with the sheer pink ribbon and wrap the long tails around the top and bottom of the photo’s left edge. Journal on a pink tag and secure under the bow with a Zot™. Glue the photo 1 1/2” from the page top and 2 1/4” from the left side.
  4. Photo tag: Tear and ink the bottom edge of the large pink tag. Glue a matted 2” square photo over the tag, at an angle as shown. Glue a pink grosgrain bow to the top using a Zot™. Adhere the tag to the right of the photo.
  5. Sheer flower: Place the sheer pink flower over scrap paper and stamp the script stamp over the surface of the flower. Repeat for another row of script until the flower is covered. Layer with a small white flower and secure to a 2 1/2” white cardstock square with inked edges. Foam tape the square under the tag on the right side of the page.

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