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					                                                                           Tips & Tricks
                                                cool touches, titles
                                                     and tiles
 Figure 1. Create a sub-
   tle, sophisticated set-
     ting for a powerful
          photo. Page by
        Lee Anne Russell,
  journaling by Martha
      Campbell. Supplies
    Patterned papers: KI
        Memories; Letter
        stamps: Ma Vinci;
Computer font: Monet
  Regular, P22 Foundry;
Stamping ink: Stampin’
  Up!; Ribbon and wal-
       nut ink: 7 Gypsies;
           Eyelet: Making
        Memories; Other:
Metal. Idea to note: To
   access the journaling
  behind the page, pull
        on the “Pull” tab
              and ribbon.

                             Sophisticated Squares
                             A    fter capturing a special moment between
                                  brothers on film, I wanted to scrapbook it in a
                             subtle yet lovely way. To give the background a
                                                                                    they were in both window and ambient (on all
                                                                                    sides) light. I positioned them on brown leather so
                                                                                    the background colors would be warm. Then I shift-
                             more unique look than just patterned paper, I took     ed my attention so my subjects would forget about
                             squares of coordinating patterned papers, attached     my camera. When I noticed the right moment, I
                             them to a piece of cardstock, then painted them        took the picture quickly with a fast lens (an 85mm
                             with walnut ink.                                       f1.4) so I wouldn’t have to use a flash.
                               To get this photo, I positioned my nephews so                        —Lee Anne Russell, Brownsville, TN

                             A R T I C L E   B Y   L O R I   F A I R B A N K S

  Tips & Tricks
                                                                                         Stencil-Letter Title
                                                                                         L    ooking for a fun title that won’t take up
                                                                                              much space? Use a stencil letter! Here’s
                                                                                         how to create a title like mine:
                                                                                         Q Choose a stencil letter. For my “The Power
                                                                                         of Words” title, I used a “W” because it’s the
                                                                                         first letter in the last word in my title.
                                                                                         W Create background text in your word-pro-
                                                                                         cessing software to place behind the stencil. (I
                                                                                         used Microsoft Word.) Choose a word that
                                                                                         starts with the same letter as your stencil. I
                                                                                         typed “words” multiple times, then copied and
                                                                                         pasted the text until I had a block large
                                                                                         enough to fit under the stencil.
                                                                                         E Use a label maker to create the first section
                                                                                         of your title, then adhere it to the stencil.
                                                                                         Apply stamping ink or chalk to the edges and
                                                                                         face of the stencil to age it.
                                                                                                      —Heather Preckel, Swannanoa, NC

                                                                                            Editor’s note: For additional stencil ideas,
                                                                                         see “Stencil It!” in our next issue.
Figure 2. Use a stencil letter to create a compact title. Page by Heather Preckel.
Supplies Patterned paper: Mustard Moon (green) and 7 Gypsies (definitions);
Stencil: U.S. Stamp and Sign; Metal ring: 7 Gypsies; Washer and square clip: Making
Memories; Label tape: Dymo; Ribbon: C.M. Offray & Son; Stamping ink: Memories,
Stewart Superior Corporation; Computer font: Antique Type, downloaded from the
Internet; Other: Twine.

                                                                                                    S M U D G E           F I X
Easy Concho Use
C      onchos can be intimidating thanks to the intricacy of putting the
       prongs through paper and potentially needing to adjust the posi-
                                                                                      W         hile stamping on a metal tag, I
                                                                                                accidentally smudged the image
                                                                                      before the ink could dry. Using a
tion to anchor the concho. Also, inserting the prongs frequently leaves
creases or unwanted marks. Here’s how to overcome this problem:                       VersaMark pen, I lightly wrote over the
Q Dip the concho’s prongs in pigment ink. Place the concho (prongs
                                                                                      smudge, then wiped it away with a tissue.
down) where you want it and remove the concho. The ink will leave a
“footprint” of the prongs.                                                            If you have a larger smudge or area of ink
W Gently push a paper piercing tool or micro hole punch through the                   to remove, just apply more of the ink
paper. You now have a perfect outline of the concho prongs and can
                                                                                      around the image and wipe the smudge
easily push things through without disrupting the background paper.
                                                                                      away. This technique is great for those
With this method, I can even use conchos over ribbon or photographs in
an easy and neat manner.                                                              frustrating little lines you get when you
  Tip: Flatten the prongs with a wooden dowel instead of a hammer.                    use small letter stamps!
The wood is much less likely to slip as you push in the prongs.
                                                                                                        —Jeannie van Wert, Tampa, FL
                                               —Barb DeShaw, Short Hills, NJ

  40      Creating Keepsakes   •   June 2004
Tips & Tricks
Terrific Titles
C      an’t find the right color, title or saying for your embellishment? Don’t fret! It’s easy to use vellum to customize the look of license plate
       and zipper pull plastic tiles. Just follow these easy steps:

                                                                                                      O     ther ideas for customizing plastic tile
                                                                                                            accents (see examples) include:
                                                                                                      ◆ Lightly sand them, then apply chalk.

                                                                                                      ◆ Dry brush them with acrylic paint.

                                                                                                      ◆ Brush them with acrylic paint. Let the paint

                                                                                                      dry, then lightly sand for an aged look.
                                                                                                      ◆ Apply pigment ink, sprinkle with emboss-

                                                                                                      ing powder or embossing enamel (such as
Q Cut a square piece of patterned                       W Brush a thin coat of decoupage medi-        Suze Weinberg’s Ultra Thick Embossing
     vellum the same size as the tile.                  um or glaze onto the front of the tile.
                                                                                                      Enamel) and heat.
                                                                                                      ◆ Stamp words or images with solvent inks.

                                                                                                      ◆ Adhere mesh over words or adhere mesh

                                                                                                      to a plain tile and place letter stickers on top.
                                                                                                      ◆ Apply spray adhesive, then adhere mesh or

                                                                                                      other semi-transparent paper.
                                                                                                      ◆ Apply metallic rub-ons and embossing

                                                                                                      powder, then heat set.
                                                                                                      ◆ Write on them with pens (such as American
E Place the vellum square on the tile.                  R Brush a top coat of decoupage medi-         Crafts’ Slick Writers) that work on any surface.
     Smooth any wrinkles out with your                  um over the vellum and let it dry com-        ◆ Seal a die cut or punch with a glaze (such
     fingers.                                           pletely. Attach the tile to your layout.      as JudiKins’ Diamond Glaze).
                                                                                                                  —Jennifer Wohlenberg, for Junkitz

                         6           C U S T O M                      L O O K S                    F O R      T I L E S

                                                                                                                Sample by Debbie Hill. Supplies

I    t’s easy to transform a blank tile into a beautiful
     accent. Try these seven looks, all created for Junkitz
by talented scrapbookers:
                                                                                                                Plastic tile: Junkitz; Stamping ink:
                                                                                                                Stampin’ Up!; Embossing powder:
                                                                                                                Hampton Art Stamps; Rub-on image
                                                                                                                of sun: Making Memories. Idea to
                                                                                                                note: Apply ink to the tile. Sprinkle
                                       Sample by Debbie Hill. Supplies
                                                                                                                with embossing powder and heat.
                                       Plastic tile: Junkitz; Stamping inks:
                                                                                                                Repeat for bolder color, then apply
                                       Stampin’ Up! and Tsukineko;
                                                                                                                the rub-on image.
                                       Embossing powder: Hampton Art
                                       Stamps; Rubber stamp: Hero Arts.
                                       Ideas to note: Ink the blank tile
                                       with colored pigment ink. Sprinkle
                                       with clear embossing powder and                                          Sample by Renee Villalobos-Campa.
                                       heat. Repeat for bolder color.                                           Supplies Tile: Junkitz; Chalk ink:
                                       Stamp an image on top of the tile,                                       ColorBox, Clearsnap; Embossing
                                       sprinkle with white embossing                                            enamel: Suze Weinberg; Rubber
                                       powder, and heat. The layers of                                          stamps: PSX Design. Ideas to note:
                                       embossing powder will begin to                                           Divide the tile into four. Mask off a
                                       melt and your image will “spread.”                                       square, apply ink and heat set with
                                       For a crisp image, stop heating as                                       an embossing gun. Repeat this
                                       soon as the white begins to melt.                                        process three times to complete the
                                       Or, for a different look, let the                                        tile. Stamp the word “love” and heat
                                       image melt further.                                                      set the ink. Apply embossing ink and
                                                                                                                enamel for shine.
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Figure 3. Customize plastic
tiles for a variety of fun
looks. Page by Mellette
Berezoski. Supplies Season
tiles and buttons: Junkitz;
Patterned papers, patterned
vellum and colored tacks:
Chatterbox; Flower: Sanook
Paper Co.; Decoupage medi-
um: Mod Podge, Plaid
Enterprises; Computer fonts:
MA Sexy and Moderne No.
20, downloaded from the
Internet; Transparency: Magic
Scraps. Idea to note: Mellette
printed the word “girl” on a
transparency, cut it out and
adhered the results to her
layout. She applied the adhe-
sive beneath the printing.

   Sample by Renee Villalobos-Campa.
   Supplies Plastic tile: Junkitz; Word
   sticker: Bo-Bunny Press; Solvent ink:
   StazOn, Tsukineko; Chalk ink:
   ColorBox, Clearsnap; Clear embossing
                                            Sample by Shannon Taylor.         Sample by Renee Villalobos-Campa.
   ink: Ranger Industries; Embossing
                                            Supplies Tile: Junkitz; Rubber    Supplies Tile and fabric: Junkitz; Chalk
   enamel: Suze Weinberg.
                                            stamp:; Chalk      ink: ColorBox, Clearsnap; Stamping ink:
   Ideas to note: Press the tile on the
                                            ink: ColorBox, Clearsnap;         StazOn, Tsukineko; Glaze: Diamond Glaze,
   solvent ink pad, then remove any
                                            Ribbon: C.M. Offray & Son;        JudiKins; Other: Jute. Ideas to note: Apply
   excess ink with a tissue. Dab two col-
                                            Metallic rub-ons: Craf-T          two colors of chalk ink to two tiles. Swirl
   ors of chalk ink onto the tile and set
                                            Products; Glaze: Diamond          or dab the ink on with your finger for tex-
   with a heat gun. Apply embossing
                                            Glaze, JudiKins. Ideas to note:   ture, then use an embossing gun to set
   ink, sprinkle with clear embossing
                                            Stamp your image on the tile      the ink. Cut a number from a piece of
   enamel, and heat. This will cause the
                                            and heat set with an emboss-      fabric, ink the edges, and adhere the
   chalk to lift from the chalk ink, pro-
                                            ing gun. Apply metallic rub-      number to the tiles with glaze. Attach the
   ducing a speckled effect. When cool,
                                            ons to the stamped image.         tiles together with jute.
   place a clear word sticker on top.
                                            Apply glaze to the tile and let
                                            it dry, then tie a ribbon
                                            through the top.

Tips & Tricks
                                          Easy Elegant Border
                                                 ress up pre-made accents to create a pretty border.
                                                 Not only does it look smart, it’s easy to do! Here’s

                                          Q Choose five preprinted floral accents and attach them
                                          to the bottom of a page. (Alternate a light-colored square
                                          with a darker-colored rectangle.) Some variations? Use
                                          floral stickers, patterned paper or flowers cut from actual
                                          W Remove the vellum from four large, metal-rimmed
                                          circle tags. (I used a sharp X-acto knife to carefully cut the
                                          vellum out of the tag.)
                                          E Attach the four metal circles over the floral border
                                          with mini glue dots.
                                                                 —Angie Cramer, Redcliff, AB, Canada

                                          Figure 4. Use tag rims and preprinted flower accents to quickly
                                          create a lovely border. Page by Angie Cramer. Supplies Flower
                                          accents: Forget Me Not Designs; Circle tags: Making Memories;
                                          Computer font: Freebooter, downloaded from the Internet;
                                          Other: Black gingham ribbon.

                                          Wedding Accent
                                          S   ince both my husband and I love music, I decided to
                                              burn a CD of the songs from our wedding. I wanted the
                                          CD to include the first dance, last dance, and our favorites
                                          from the night.
                                             I stamped on the CD with a solvent-based ink. To deco-
                                          rate the CD sleeve, I used photo-editing software to add a
                                          title to my photo. I printed the results and placed the pic-
                                          ture inside the CD sleeve. I embellished it with ribbons and
                                          small charms.
                                                                         —Lilac Chang, San Mateo, CA

                                          Figure 5. Include a CD of the songs played at your wedding in
                                          your album. Accent by Lilac Chang. Supplies Computer fonts:
                                          Cezanne (title), P22 Type Foundry; Papyrus (subtitle),
                                          Microsoft Picture It! 2000; Metal frame: Nunn Designs;
                                          Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies and K & Company (green);
                                          Vellum: Paper Adventures; Brads: Lost Art Treasures; Rubber
                                          stamp: Stamp Cabana (music); Solvent ink: StazOn, Tsukineko;
                                          Other: Ribbon, heart charm and CD sleeve.

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Tips & Tricks

                                                                 Dried Flower Tag
                                                                 T     o create this pretty tag (Figure 6), start by making the
                                                                       flower strip in the pocket:
                                                                 Q Punch three squares from a piece of cardstock. Adhere a
                                                                 different-colored dried flower to each square.
                                                                 W Drop a dollop of glaze on each flower and brush it over the
                                                                 entire flower and cardstock square. Let the glaze dry for a few
                                                                 E Adhere all three squares to a strip of darker yellow paper.

                                                                 T O C R E AT E T H E TA G :
                                                                 Q Cut out a tag (make sure it’s long enough to house the
                                                                 long flower strip).
                                                                 W Wrap a piece of colored cheesecloth or gauzy fabric around
                                                                 the front of the tag and adhere the folded edges to the back
                                                                 with a tiny bit of glaze. Let dry for a few minutes.
                                                                 E Use embroidery floss to sew around the cloth.
                                                                 R Tie a bow around the top and about 1⁄2" down the fabric,
           Figure 6. Use a glaze to seal and protect dried       pulling it down a little.
           flowers. Tag by Shannon Jones. Supplies Ribbon
           and brad: Memory Lane; Embroidery floss: DMC;
                                                                 T O C R E AT E T H E M E S H F L O W E R :
           Metal flower: Making Memories; Tag: American
           Tag Company; Flower eyelet: Creative                  Q Remove the vellum from the metal flower tag. Rub the
           Imaginations; Dried flowers: Pressed Petals; Glaze:   metal flower and the decorative eyelet with acrylic paint and
           Diamond Glaze, JudiKins; Square punch: Family
           Treasures; Acrylic paint: Delta Technical Coatings;   let dry.
           Other: Mesh fabric.                                   W Adhere green fabric behind the flower and trim off the
                                                                 E Attach the Spring tag and brad, punching through the
                                                                 whole tag.
                                                                    Complete the tag by slipping the flower strip into the pock-
                                                                 et and adding a gingham ribbon.
                                                                                                        —Shannon Jones, Mesa, AZ

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                                                                                                 C O M P U T E R                  T I P S

Figure 7. Replicate the look of white stickers with your computer. Pages by Glenda Van Engelen. Supplies Computer program: Adobe
Photoshop Elements; Computer font: Fashion Victim, downloaded from the Internet.

Creating White Text
I   love the look of white titles and white journaling,
    but I can’t always find the right size letter sticker for
my projects. To print white text in a colored text box, I
                                                                color, type my lettering in white, then print the entire
                                                                text box on white paper. For the layout in Figure 7, I
                                                                also used the mirror image function to flip my title.
draw a text box in my computer program, fill it with                             —Glenda Van Engelen, Redmond, WA

     Make Your Own Rub-Ons
                                                                         Organizing Digital Photographs
     T     he other day, I was using some of my favorite rub-
           ons and wanted some words that I didn’t have. I

                                                                                fter I got a digital camera, I soon found myself over-
     decided to make my own with my inkjet printer and
                                                                                whelmed with all the pictures that I was saving to my
     transparency sheets.
        First, I typed my words on my computer and selected              computer. It seemed like I was spending hours searching through
     “print mirror image” from the Print menu. This allowed              my digital files trying to find the photographs I wanted to use.
     me to print my words backward. Then I put a laser
                                                                         So, I devised an easy solution.
     transparency into my printer and printed the words.
                                                                            First, I create a separate file for each group of photographs I
        I quickly removed the transparency from my printer,
     and while the ink was still wet on the transparency, I              upload. Second, I print a contact sheet showing each photograph

     placed it “wet side down” on my cardstock. I used the               in the file. I mark the name of the file on the bottom of each con-
     back of a spoon to rub over the words. When I pulled
                                                                         tact sheet and store the contact sheets in a three-ring binder. When
     the transparency up, almost all of my ink had trans-
                                                                         I’m looking for a certain picture, I just flip through my contact
     ferred to the cardstock. Now I can create my own cus-
     tomized rub-ons in a variety of fonts and sizes!                    sheets and can easily find the photograph I want on my computer!

                                   —LeAnne Fritts, Denver, CO                                                      —Karen Rider, Reno, NV       ➝

                                                                                                      C O M P U T E R               T I P S

     Tips & Tricks

     Figure 8. Use creative computer techniques to save the day when you don’t have photographs of a special event. Pages by Anne Hetzel
     Gunkel. Supplies Computer program: Adobe Photoshop; Computer font: CK Typewriter, “Fresh Fonts” CD, Creating Keepsakes.

     Video Capture to the Rescue
     I    had waited with anticipation to polka dance with my new-
          born son at a traditional ethnic festival I attend with my fam-
     ily each year. When we arrived at the festival, I realized in a panic
                                                                              of the special dance. Using video capture, I was able to create
                                                                              two “filmstrips” of the event. I then created a filmstrip graphic
                                                                              with Photoshop and placed my photographs inside the filmstrip
     that I’d forgotten to bring my camera!                                   graphics. I love how my scrapbook pages (Figure 8) capture the
          My day was saved when I realized that I could use the “video        special memory of this event in a creative way.
     capture” feature on my video camera to create still photographs                                        —Anne Hetzel Gunkel, Chicago, IL

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                                                  W         ant to create cool-looking titles for your scrapbook pages? I recently
                                                            discovered how to turn any computer font into a stencil. With my
                                                  Corel Photo Paint program, I simply type a word in a text block and choose
click on “Let’s Scrapbook” and follow

    the link to “Tips and Tricks.”                the “mask” feature, which creates an outline of the text. I then invert the mask
                                                  and use the spray paint tool to fill in the outline of the text. I print my finished
                                                  title on a transparency, cut it out, and attach the title to my layout.
     48      Creating Keepsakes   •   June 2004                                                                   —Kristin Holly, Glendale, AZ

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