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