Getting Artsy

Getting artsy with scrapbook layouts is all the rage these days. Adding paint, using stencils, doing resist–all of these artsy techniques are making their way further and further into the world of scrapbooking. I am a very simple scrapper. My pages tend to be a mixture of cardstock, patterned paper, photos, and letter stickers, along with a few embellishments. However, over the past few months, I have collected some of these artsy supplies such as Stickles, distress inks, and stencils. I’m usually just too chicken to use them. So when The Curious Scrapbooker’s Guide class came out at Big Picture Classes, I jumped right in. May Flaum (who teaches the class) is a great teacher who introduces you slowly into the world of artsy techniques. I have loved watching her videos and making new layouts with an artsy feel. Here are a few of my favorites.


This page is one of the first ones I made in class. I simply painted a strip of white paint behind my photos. The paint made the paper kind of crinkly, but I think that just adds to the charm of the page.

in the woods

On this page I used a stencil that looks like chicken wire with Mister Huey white color mist. I love how the background turned out! I also used Ranger’s Dimensional Pearls in terra cotta to make the dots on the blue strips of paper–a nice finishing touch.

make it happen

I used a stencil again on this page, but this time with a Ranger paint dabber in purple twilight on top of my photos. This technique was very scary for me because I’m always afraid I’m going to mess up my photos if I try a technique directly on them. But I really like how this page turned out. Even though the paint is essentially flat, by overlapping the photos, the paint seems to have dimension.


This page has the most subtle technique of them all. I used a fun bubble stamp with a Versamark pad to create a watermark look on the cardstock for the background. At first the stamping was very light and I was quite disappointed in the look. But once the ink dried, the watermark effect really showed. I’m anxious to try this technique with other background stamps.


I’m used to doing a lot of inking on my pages–it’s one of my favorite looks. However, the tearing and curling technique is new. I used scissors to distress the edge of the green patterned paper, curled it up, then inked the edge. Wow! Just that little bit of curling adds such depth and interest to the page.

This class has been super-fun. I’ve even signed up for May’s Camp Scrap coming this summer!

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