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Tutorial with Jennifer


Hi, it's Jennifer Larson, sharing a little bit of my process and how I add texture to a page. I'm a person who likes white space, but I also like texture and details. Here's how I go about figuring out how to embellish while leaving white space and keeping it clean.

First, since I was doing a page about my husband, I decided to use Fancy Pants Designs' Swagger, which matches his hair perfectly. I had one 4x6 photo and two smaller ones, so I decided to put them on a bigger photo mat and stretch some patterned paper strips across the page. Here's my first decision:

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I thought a blocky photo mat would be too square, so I cut the orange paper in a circle. Once I cut the mat into a circle, I did some basics to add texture : I distressed the photo mat and sanded around the photos.

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Next, I started actually assembling the page. When I added the circular photo mat, I left some hanging off the side, so I trimmed it off and dropped it to the side. This was a happy accident: it fell on the opposite side of the page and looked good, so I adhered it!

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I added the paper strips as planned, curling up the punched edges to add subtle texture.

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To keep those paper strips down, I added a zig zag stitch to the sticker strip and staples the edges.

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At this point I thought the page looked a little top heavy, so I added a sticker and a button to the bottom right to balance the layout.

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I love layering, so I pulled a die cut, a sticker, and some rub-ons and put them next to the photo strip. (Note : I used my embossing buddy to de-sticker the sticker and adhered it with dimensional adhesive for even more texture.)

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 My die-cut title sort of blended into the page, so I lightly outlined it with a fine tip journaling pen. I also inked the edges of the journaling.

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And here's my final page! 

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Swagger Humorous / Swagger Success / Swagger Strips / Swagger Tape Stickers / Swagger Sticker Fundamentals / Swagger Ephemera Pack / Swagger Label Stickers / Swagger Rub-ons / Swagger Button Set 

Thank you for sharing in my process. Have fun adding subtle texture to your page, and add it with some Swagger!

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