Friday, January 27, 2006

Tearing Paper, Even More Fun Than Scissors

One of the best ways to create dimension on a scrapbook layout is with torn paper.

This is such a simple method and can be used in a number of different ways to enhance your pages. Depending on what type of paper you use and the direction you tear, this look can provide you with a number of different styles in minutes.

Unless you're using cardstock, most papers have a coloured side and a white side. If you place the paper coloured side up and tear towards you, you will see a white edge appear, along the tear.

If you don't want that edge, simply flip the paper over, so the white side is facing up and again, tear towards you.

For a straight edge look, place a ruler over the paper and tear.

For a rougher look, tear the paper free-hand.

Now, apply this technique to as many different elements as you wish on each layout.

• photo mats
• embellishments
• journaling boxes
• borders
• photo corners
• titles

Once you get the basics down, you can use other methods such as chalking, stamping, or aging together with your torn paper to achieve an entirely new look.

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