Thursday, March 8, 2012

I'm a detail gal

What can I say? I'm a detail gal. My colleague described me perfectly. He's a big picture person, so he'll compose a document putting together the whole plan for the paper unit, and I'm the one who asks, "What does #3 mean?"

That habit translates into scrapbooking too. Designing the page comes quickly for me; depending on the photos and story, the orientation tends to fit together best in only a few ways. There I'm not so creative.

Once I build the foundation, I go to town with the details. Being a relatively linear and simple gal, I don't like the details to overwhelm the page, but I do like them to be eye catching and to invite the viewer in to look again and closer. Here's the latest page where I did that:

I did this page for the Big Picture class Twelve. I didn't include the bigger photo of my boys on the camping LO I made, so I pulled older personality shots of the boys and put them altogether on this page to write about how they are rich in personality.

Here's some of the details I love and add to page after page:

1. Misting. Here I just did light sprays of Studio Calico Mister Huey Clover and Lemonade.

2. Layered border punches. I got the idea for the staggered layering from this pin on Pinterest.

3. Label stamps to identify photo locations. I tend to do this on multiphoto pages, of which I do a lot. These stamps I got in a kit from Studio Calico a long time ago. I use this punch by EK Success for them.

4. Stitched photo corners. This is a quick and easy WOW to add to pages. Lay down a ruler and punch holes every 1/4 inch. Then backstitch using three strands of DMC. 

5. Journaling strips. I space the journaling 1.5, then trim them and adhere them. I usually outline, though in this case I misted then inked the edges.


6. Stitched title in two different fonts.  Make sure you machine stitch before adhering the chunky accents. (The dog hair is an unintended detail.)


7. Cluster of small embellishments, usually on a larger paper base. That's what stash is for. (By the way, note the damaged paper where I removed then reapplied the gem zigzag. Oops.)

So there's a few of my favorite details. What are some of your favorites that you like to add to a page for a little somethin' somethin'?


Marg said...

This layout is so beautifully done! The details are plentiful and add interest without taking anything away from the photos or the story you're telling. Just love your work .... thanks for sharing with all of us!

BabyBokChoy said...

You always do have such wonderful details! Together with your story telling make your pages so so so interesting and worthwhile!!

Andrea said...

Lovin all of the details!! Took me a long while to figure out where the damaged paper was! :) Great page!

Sue Althouse said...

Beautiful two-page layout and I loved seeing your details. Staggering the punched border strips is one I'm definitely going to try!

Connie said...

Gorgeous as usual! I love the details you use!

I tend to use labels, brackets and frames and text embellishments. I also like border stamps, buttons and journaling spots.

KellyF said...

Awesome!! I love all the little pointers and ideas you have given in this post. Your work and your style amaze me.

Carolyn Wolff said...

This is awesome. Thanks for the personal tour of your layout. I love to see all the details up-close!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a beautiful page Jennifer!
I can totally relate ;-)
I love details as well and you always do such a fine job including all sorts of fun and unexpected details on your work!


KarenP (kphike) said...

I've been using the journalling strips for eons! love them - although I usually handwrite and outline - will have to try typing......I seem to be adding tabs everywhere these days....and I always seem to have room for a button or twine for that extra detail! Love your punched layers!

Johanna said...

It's so nice to see your finishing touches! Very interestinf, thank you very much!!!