More on Acrylic Shapes for Your Scrapbook Pages and Memory Makers Blog Hop: It’s a Guy Thing!

by Lain Ehmann on June 14, 2011

Welcome to the latest installment in the Memory Makers Blog Hop! This month, we’re scrapping “It’s a Guy Thing.” Scroll down for a layout I did (the first I’ve done, actually) about a very important man in my life, my father-in-law Norm, who passed away two years ago. He was quite a character, and it’s fun to start pulling out some of my memories about him.

But before I share my “guy thing” layout, I wanted to revisit the topic of acrylic shapes. I had a lot of feedback and questions about the post I did on using acrylic shapes on your scrapbooking layouts. I promised to test out making my own acrylic shapes, and I’m back for the update!

A few people asked about the possibility of making your own acrylic shapes. I tried two approaches. One was to trace my own shapes onto acrylic from product packaging and then cut them out.

First I took some plain plastic from a package of brads. I cut it open using my Tim Holtz scissors, then picked one of my favorite chipboard shapes:

I traced it on the acrylic using a Sharpie, then trimmed it:

Ta-daaah!

The only challenge with this approach is that I ended up with some black edging around the heart. I could avoid this in the future by using a non-permanent pen. Still, pretty cute! I did a few more hearts and an arrow that I used on this layout:

Here’s a close-up of the arrow:

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know I just purchased a Big Shot. Yahoo! And one of the things I picked up at the same time was Tim Holtz’s Ornamental Sizzix die. Of course, the first thing I cut was a piece of acrylic from the package the die came in! It turned out great. Here it is on a layout:

And a close-up:

To be honest, this was MUCH easier than hand-cutting — and no residue around the edges. I will definitely be trying this again (and I will definitely be purchasing some heart and arrow dies!).

Another thing I wanted to try was stamping on the acrylic shapes. I used a large Heidi Swapp heart, and a text stamp that I inked up with Staz-On (it has to be a solvent-based ink pad or it will smear on the acrylic):

It’s a little hard to see it, but it looks pretty cool. :) Can you tell I’ve been having fun with that Ornamental die??

Pop on over to Francine’s blog to continue the Memory Makers Blog Hop. Thanks for swinging by!

P.S. If you try some cool effects with your acrylic shapes, SHOW ME! :)

  • http://twitter.com/daniellevekris danielle van ekris

    How sweet is “we three”! It makes me think about scrapbooking more about everyday life. (maybe something to remember for Motherload…)

    Love the way you used the acrylic shapes. They really add something to the projects. How did you adhere the shapes?

  • BARB T

    I have indeed used my Big Shot on acrylic packaging.  Unfortunately I do not have any photos of  the cards I have used it on.  I save lots of packaging for this reason.  I was even made fun of at my granddaughters’ b-day party when I asked if I could have the packaging from some of the toys.  I believe my husband thinks I am becoming a hoarder!

  • Anonymous

    What are some of your fave dies, Barb?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, D! I adhered them with either a drop of liquid adhesive (Glossy Accents from Ranger) or, if it is hidden, a glue dot. I also have an old (very old!) bottle of Goo from KI Memories that I am still using up. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ruth.bonser Ruth Bonser

    Its interesting to see your layouts with the three kinds of shapes all next to each other in the blog, it looks like the edges of the heidi swapp one look really smooth, is that just a trick of the light? Any interesting differences in using them, are the manufactured ones easier/harder to use at all? Thanks for this article, since reading the first one i have rummaged through my stash for some older stuff and found my heidi swap acrylic alphabet that i gave up using because i thought it was too hard at the time, but now i have become inspired by you to try again and be glad i didnt just chuck it out first time round, it always looked like it had potential to be so pretty if only i could figure out my end of the deal.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Ruth! I wouldn’t say that that the manufactured ones are easier to use as they seem to be made of the same material, but they definitely have smoother edges. Glad you found some old letters! They’re probably worth a mint on eBay. ;)

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