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Go natural with these ideas for using wood-grain patterns on your scrapbook pages.
Design by Joscelyne Cutcheons
Green is the perfect color to pair with wood grain. This layout pulls the green color from the photo. To balance the bright color, Joscelyne paired it with peek-a-boo wood grain and messy stitching for a natural look.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Myriad Pro. Digital elements: Wonky Templates v.7 (template), Pippin kit (green paper), Edward Alpha ("incrediboy") by Lauren Reid; Bright Smiles Freebie (buttons) by Michelle Underwood; A Haunting We Will Go This Old House (wood-grain paper) by Dianne Rigdon.
Design by Deanna Misner
Beautiful scenery makes a perfect spring layout. Keep embellishments to a minimum, so colors from photos and patterned paper shine bright. Wood-grain letters add to the outdoorsy feel and provide a neutral tone in the midst of various colors.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: October Afternoon (flower, label, multicolor letters), Sassafras (wood-grain letters). Punches: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Layer decorative-edge papers for a frilly touch to your page. Mix different border punches for variety. Shannon layered bright colors with bold prints for an impactful page. Wood-grain paper adds a toned-down style against the bold designs.
Editor's Tip: To save time, cut a piece of cardstock to size, then adhere the punched borders and trim off excess at the edges.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (wood grain), Doodlebug Design (brown dot), Imaginisce (multicolor stripe with dots), KI Memories (stripe), K&Company (green dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid), The Paper Studio (ledger). Font: Courier New. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (letters), Studio Calico (label sticker). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Die cut: My Little Shoebox. Ribbon, sequins: Making Memories. Stapler: Tim Holtz. Punches: Fiskars. Adhesive: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Get allover texture with am embossed cardstock background. Lightly sand designs embossed on white-core cardstock to make them stand out. Wood-grain matting on the photo adds another look of dimension, while the striped strips add movement to the page. Fake a wood-grain paper by embossing chipboard accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: We R Memory Keepers. Font: Marketing Script ("never gonna happen") off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Brads: BasicGrey. Embossing tool, roller: Creatopia by Xyron. Embossing plate, tool: Epic 6 by QuicKutz. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Create elegant accents by embossing metal shapes. For a bold look, choose a colored metal that can be sanded to enhance the design. The wood-grain paper serves as the background, but its bright color makes the design pop and adds a modern look to the card.
Editor's Tip: For dramatic dimension, stack adhesive foam underneath one of the metal accents and place the elevated accent so it overlaps another metal accent.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Crate Paper (teal), SEI (brown). Chipboard: Scenic Route Paper Co. Card, stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Hero Arts (green), Ranger Industries (black). Pins: Maya Road. Metal, embossing plate: Ten Seconds Studio.
Design by Lisa Storms
Place owl-theme patterned paper on the bottom of a die cut for a play on words for this graduation card. A wood-grain background adds a look that any wise owl will love.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (diagonal stripe), Doodlebug Design (yellow), Hampton Art (wood grain, orange), My Mind's Eye (green dot, owls). Font: TypoSlab Light off the Internet. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.
Design by Kimberly Neddo
A traditional family tree doesn't work in many situations. Add your own twist by including stepparents or siblings to acknowledge their importance in your family history. A wood-grain background highlights the tree theme, and the red color brings out the bright embellishments on the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Font: My Type of Font off the Internet. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small letters), Studio Calico (large letters). Chipboard accents, die cuts, stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Sheri Reguly
Celebrate a fun summer day with images of the kids playing outside. Cartoon wood-grain paper gives a whimsical look, while bright colors and paper-pieced summer accents echo the bright colors in the photos.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (journaling block), Echo Park Paper Co. (stripe), KI Memories (damask), October Afternoon (wood grain). Font: Comic Sans MS (journaling), Cursive Standard (title). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (heart, flowers), October Afternoon (label). Rub-ons, ink: Autumn Leaves ("love life"), October Afternoon ("a perfect kind of day"). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Brads, buttons: BasicGrey. Pin: K&Company. Ribbon: American Crafts. Stamps: Hero Arts. Chalk: Pebbles, Inc. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette SD.
Design by Angela Ploegman
If you like the look of wood grain, but don't want to overwhelm a pretty picture, use it as a border. The wood-grain paper acts as matting for subtler patterned paper. A wood-grain button and brown accents tie the page together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Patterned paper, chipboard accents, paper flowers: American Crafts. Font: Vijaya off the Internet. Stickers: BasicGrey. Buttons: BasicGrey (small orange, small yellow), Charlene's Button Box (large yellow, medium orange). Markers: Copic. Punches: Fiskars (medium circle), The Paper Studio (large circle). Twine: Jo-Ann Stores. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (foam squares), Xyron.
Design by Jennifer McGuire
Art pencils and pens can be used to color stamps, to add a watercolor look, or even to paint. Create a watercolor background by scribbling with a watercolor pencil and spraying generously with water. Make faux metallic embellishments by coloring die cuts with metallic pens. A wood-grain paper adds an artistic look and coordinating color as a background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Neenah. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (dot), BasicGrey (wood grain, blue). Watercolor paper: Hero Arts. Die cuts: Sizzix (butterflies), Silhouette (title). Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Faber Castell Big Brush Markers. Pens/pencils: Faber Castell.
Design by Brittany Teti
Digital pages are perfect for including lots of journaling. Play with different fonts, sizes, and leading (the distance between two lines of type) to see what fills your space and fits with your design. Brittany used a wood-grain letter "I" to add interest to the layout. The brown picks up the natural tones from the page and stands out against the black-and-white photos.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5. Font: Pea Stacy Elizabeth off the Internet. Digital elements: Just Ribbed Paper Pack No. 2 (background), Laurent Paper Pack (green paper, orange paper), Sc-anna-ty Journal Lines No. 1 (lines) by Michelle Martin; Autumn Honey Element Pack (orange ribbon) by Andrea Victoria; Stitched by Anna Brown No.1 (stitches), Torn Tattered Scalloped PaperStrips No. 1 (scalloped paper) by Anna Aspnes; Christmas Text Words ("Believe") by Ali Edwards; Bead Scatterings No. 1 (beads), Monarchy Element Pack (brown flower), Roughed Up Dots Paper Pack (dot paper), Thankful Memories Element Pack (staple, ribbon), Touch Up Paint Brushes and Stamps (paint streak), Wooden Alphabet No. 3 ("i"), You and Me Element Pack (frame) by Katie Pertiet; Mullany Doodled Flowers 3 (flowers) by Jesse Edwards.
Design by Keshet Starr
Wood-grain paper brings a warm feeling to a layout. Keshet used this paper as the background for her candle-lit photo. Colors, such as yellow and orange, continue the warmth, while simple accents keep the layout focused on the photo and journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. (yellow), Crate Paper (wood grain, red diamonds). Die cut: Elle's Studio. Stickers: American Crafts (pink), Cosmo Cricket (gray), Crafting Jewish Style (Hannukah button), Sassafras (teal). Flower: BasicGrey. Pen: Marvy Uchida. Punches: EK Success (circle), Martha Stewart (doily).
Design by Vicki Boutin
Place your title on wood-grain paper to enforce an outdoorsy theme. The strip of paper breaks up the green background and draws on the natural elements from the photos. To connect page elements, overlap pictures.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (teal wood grain, green, title strip), Crate Paper (yellow), Jillibean Soup (brown), Sassafras (grid, yellow loops). Sticker border: Sassafras. Brads: Crate Paper. Pen: American Crafts. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.