Fabric and Faux Metal Accents Scrapbook Page
Becky Chabot crafts a fabric and faux metal accents scrapbook page with aquatic-patterned paper and fabric.
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Becky Chabot loves experimenting with the newest scrapbook trends, like fabric layouts and custom faux metal accents, on themed scrapbook pages.
Materials and Tools:
12" x 12" small blue bubbles background paper
12" x 12" textured background paper
fish-patterned fabric (coordinate with water fabric)
computer and printer
white card stock
fine tip scissors
decorative wavy scissors
brass hinge and closure (hardware store)
1/4" round brass nail heads
8" x 8" card stock that has been wet, crumpled and dried
10 leaf die cuts or punches
4 card stock pieces (2, 8" x 8" and 2, 6" x 6")
gold embossing powder
heat embossing tool
embossing pigment pad
newspapers and work tray
lumpy green fibers
enamel charms: starfish and fish*
2 blue mini brads
seashell card stock stickers
gold leafing pen
stapler - optional
* Choose coordinating colors for your fabric and faux metal accents page.
1. Cut the fish fabric approximately 6" x 6" and cut the water fabric approximately 9" x 5-1/4" with pinking shears.
2. Place the fabric face down on newspaper and spray with adhesive.
3. Adhere the fish fabric approximately 1/2 inch from the top and right edges of background paper. Adhere the water fabric approximately 1/2 inch from the left and bottom edges of the background paper. The fabrics will overlap slightly (figure A).
4. Dispense three narrow lines of white glue on the background up the left side of the layout, crossing randomly. Lay the lumpy green fibers (seaweed) into the glue and trim the edges (figure B).
5. Wet a piece of green card stock and crumple it, then uncrumple.
- Cut die cut or punched leaves from the crumpled green card stock (figure D).
- Fold the leaves lengthwise down the center to appear narrow.
- Adhere the leaves randomly over the seaweed with strong white glue.
- Set aside to dry.
6. Faux metal porthole rings:
- Cut the wide ring from any color-crumpled card stock, 7-1/4 inches in diameter with a 4-1/2 inch opening (figure F).
- Cut two 1/4-inch wide rings of each size from scrap flat card stock, a small ring for the inner rim and a large ring for the outer rim.
7. Glue the narrow rings to the wide ring. Glue the rings the same size together to create dimension. Then glue the narrow rings to the wider rings to create an inner and outer rim on the porthole (figure H).
8. Lay the card stock porthole onto fresh newspaper and spray with adhesive. Move the project to a clean work surface and cover with gold embossing powder. Shake off excess powder and relocate to a heating surface, heat set (figure I). Do not over heat. If the adhesive gets overheated, it may blister. If a second coat of powder is necessary, heat slightly, then sprinkle more powder to the warm surface, shake off excess and relocate to heat set again. Touch up the edges with a gold leaf pen as needed.
9. Place 1/4-inch round brass nail heads approximately 1 inch left and right of the center, both on top and bottom of the porthole. Place a mouse pad behind the project and push the nail head through with even pressure, bend the prongs over on the back side with scissors or another tool.
10. Attach the hinge and closure to the porthole with brass mini brads, centered on the left and right (figure J).
11. Use a circle cutter to cut the photo 5 inches in diameter. Cut a large circle 6-3/4-inches or 7-inches from the second piece of blue bubble background paper.
12. Apply glue to the front edge of the photo and place behind the porthole opening. Glue the blue paper face up over the back side of the photo (figure K).
13. Print the large title, "Explore" 6-1/2" x 2-1/2" and the small title, "the possibilities" 1" x 4-1/4". For the smaller title, create a 4-1/2" x 1-1/2" text block and make the text white and the background dark green to coordinate with the fibers. Cut the large title out with fine tip scissors. Cut the small title into a block with wavy decorative edge scissors on top and bottom, but use a straight edge for the left and right sides.
14. Completely cover the "Explore" title with embossing pigment, apply gold embossing powder and heat set. It is important to move to a clean workspace between each step. Use a work tray for heat setting to avoid burning your fingers or leaving tweezers marks on your project.
15. Apply the embossed title on top of the swatch of fish fabric with white glue or an adhesive machine. Adhere the small title block with brass mini brads through all layers of paper and fabric. Use a piercing tool to make the holes for the brads (figure L).
16. Attach the faux metal porthole with brass mini brads through the hinge to the background paper. Attach the right side of the closure fixture with brass mini brads.
17. Type selected text in a circular text block if possible. If not, use a 5-1/2-inch square text block.
18. Attach the transparency film to the background behind the porthole with spray adhesive (figure M). Open the porthole to see the text in the circular block.
19. Attach the enameled charms among the seaweed with blue mini brads. Blue brads will fade into the background.
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