scrapbook project
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Distressing Paper is a technique that causes wear or gives a worn, aged or weathered appearance to the paper. Sanding, wrinkling and tearing are all techniques that you can master easily to achieve this look on your paper projects.

Distressing metal is also a useful tool when trying to achieve an aged feel or to soften colors on your page.

12x12 Christmas page
Designer: LeNae Gerig

scrapbook project
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  1. Use the sanding block to gently rub around the outside edges of the foil paper. The sanding will give the paper a feathery look. Tear a 3”x12” strip of gingham paper and sand the torn edge. Use your fingertips to gently roll the torn edge to wrinkle and slightly tear the edge. Glue the gingham strip to the left side of the foil paper.
  2. Punch a set of 1/8” holes overlapping the top and bottom of the border, 1/2” apart. Repeat the holes, 1/2” above the first set. Thread the first set of holes with gingham ribbon and knot. Thread the second set with sheer burgundy ribbon and knot. Trim the tails to 3/4” long.
  3. Use the knife to cut slits along the border, 3 1/2”-5” from the top of the page. Slide the 2 large poinsettia stems through the slits and tape at the back of the page to secure. Secure the small poinsettia to the left of the large flowers.
  4. Mat the 7”x5” photo with white cardstock, leaving a 1/8” wide border. Glue to the page 2 1/2” from the top of the foil paper and 1 1/4” from the right side.
  5. Lightly sand the star brads from the Brad Buddy™ to soften the bright red and green colors. Use the knife to make a small cut through the layers of photo and paper and secure the BB, using the brads, to the lower right corner. Write on strips of lime cardstock and tie a ribbon length around the right end of one strip. Glue the strips to the page as shown.

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