Give That Man a Hand
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Designer: Kendra McCracken
I love a layout where everything is perfectly balanced. The photos are
straight, the title is straight, the journaling typed out on the computer and
formatted with the "correct" font size, leading, and kearning, all important
technical things I'm too impatient (and unfamiliar with) to take the time to
plan and execute. But I also love layouts that are more loosely formatted,
with some tension, some irregularities to make the layout interesting. These
are the layouts that come easiest to me.
On this layout, I decided to make the layout top heavy by using an over-sized
title and stacking elements in the upper right-hand corner while teetering it
atop one little stamped element in the lower right-hand corner. The word
bubble makes a connection between the two, pulling it all together so that
while there are two separate areas of design on that side of the layout, they
also work together as one.
The base of my layout has a 2" wide strip of fabric on the left side and a 7"
wide strip of patterned paper on the right.
To make my title, I used the
ScrapBoss Letter Jacket Stencil as a stencil not to emboss, but as a guide for
hand-drawn letters. I used a permanent marker to trace the letters onto a
patterned overlay, cut them out using the No. 5 Micro-TipR Scissors. I layered
these over hearts cut from fabric and paper using the Hearts Shape Template.
The stamped title was created using the Basic Font Stamp Set and the Compact
Stamp Press. The Stamp Press is a wonderful tool for use with letter stamps.
There is plenty of room on it to fit several words, making quick work of the
Beneath the title I added a strip of paper punched with the Framed in Love
Border Corner Punch and the Scallop Sentiment Border Punch.
The stamped of the stick boy beneath the title was made using 1/2 of one of
the stamps in the Heidi Grace Valentine's Day stamp set, leaving the girl on
the stamp uninked.
And a fun journaling spot using the Bubbles Shape Template and the Ultra
ShapeXpress cutting tool.
Adding 2 wallet size photos and another bit of journaling above them finished
off my layout, in addition to adding balance to the top-heavy right-side of my
Fiskars Item # 12-66327097 Letter Jacket Stencil
Fiskars Item # 94817797 No. 5 Micro-TipR Scissors
Fiskars Item # 48607097 ShapeTemplateT Tool - Bubbles-1 w/Wave Border
Fiskars Item # 48557097 ShapeTemplateT Tool - Hearts-1 w/Victorian Border
Fiskars Item # 01-005121 Border Corner - Framed in Love
Fiskars Item # 12-89188897 Basic Font Stamp Set
Fiskars Item # 01-004596 Scallop Sentiment Border Punch
Fiskars Item # 12-29587097 Compact Stamp Presss
Fiskars Item # 48007097 Ultra ShapeXpress
Fiskars Item # 01-003505 High-Density Pigment Ink : Fire Me Up
Fiskars Item # 01-003097 High-Density Pigment Ink : Still of the Night
Other Supplies: 12" x 12" sheet of white cardstock, 12" x 12" sheet of
cardstock, 7" x 12" piece of patterned paper, 2" x 12" strip of fabric,
fabric, patterned paper, and ribbon scraps, red thread, permanent black pen