Dinky pics scrapbook

If you’re already well into your adventures in scrapbooking, why not try a new style and test your techniques? This cool quote layout will put your dinky pics and favourite patterns to good use.

1. Choose a quote or a phrase that will reflect the photos you plan to use. Seeing as our images were of various days out and amazing places, ‘Say yes to new adventures’ seemed fitting! Trim some strips of white textured cardstock to fit through your die-cutting machine and select the letters you require.

2. Space the alphabet dies out, one word by one, and fix them down temporarily with strips of craft tape, to ensure they don’t move while you run them through the machine. Take your time doing this, as you want to make sure all the letters in each word have the same spacing so they all look neat and uniform.

3. Pick your patterned papers, coloured cardstock and photos to go behind the words. OmbreĢ papers work really well for this. Apply double-sided tape around the edge of the reverse of each letter. Make sure that you reach all of the smaller details of each letter, and stick the papers and images to the back. Position these out on a white textured sheet of 12 x 12'' cardstock.

4. Use some Xcut dies to create various embellishments to decorate the page. We used the nesting hearts, floral gift tags and weather icons. Cut from different Santoro's Gorjuss 6 x 6'' papers, to co-ordinate with the colours you backed your sentiment with. The packaging also includes some lovely images on the inside that you can snip and use. (We trimmed out a small tag and decorated it with an air mail label).

5. Draw some freehand borders around some of your die-cuts with a thin black fineliner. It’s also a nice idea to add some more hand-drawn elements to your layout, as this will link with your journaling. Draw and fussy cut some little arrows, and include some lines under ‘Yes’ to bring emphasis to the word. Write your journaling on a small square of cardstock, using freehand lines for the words to sit on.

6. When arranging your die-cuts into clusters, be sure to take note of the colours and sizes. You don’t want lots of larger die-cuts on one side, and lots of smaller ones on the other – the same goes for colours; mix them up! Continue to play around with the layout until you’re happy. It’s a good idea to take a photo before adhering, so you can ensure everything ends up in the right place. Once pleased, stick everything down.

Project and how-to instructions by Daisy Martin.

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