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Use your Stamper's Big Brush Pens to make a Scrapbook Page


Hello Friends! alexandra  here, sharing my first post as Guest Designer at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

Scrapbooking, cardmaking, stamping, book binding, I enjoy it all! There is one thing though, one particular form of scrapbooking I'm obsessed with and that is recording and documenting the everyday moment.

To do so, I keep not one but two "Project Life" albums. One is the well-known 12x12" album with page protectors that Becky Higgins and her team conceived. The other one which is called "2013 in 52 Pages" is "my baby". It is also a weekly, the pages are 8" and it consists of a simple association of: a photo-collage+some journaling printed on a tag+papers and embellishments. 

I have used the Stamper's Big Brush Pens in subtle tones combined with the well-known stamping technique called "resist heat emboss" and the background stamp Elegant Fronds (CL-03695) from Justrite Papercraft, Inc. a textured paper with soft hues. Here is how I did it...

The first step is to ink the background stamp with clear resist ink. Stamp it on a piece of white bristol paper. Cover the stamped image with white embossing powder, remove excess and heat emboss.

Now  you can color your stamped image. Starting with the lightest color, in this instance it was ivory 103**color some areas, follow by using a second color, cold grey 1230** here, and blend with your finger or a small make-up sponge. Add the third color, light flesh and use your index finger to blend again.

 Once you have used the three tones, feel free to take the ivory again and go over other colored areas to create a subtle and smooth blending.

Voilà, you have a unique piece of textured paper which you could use as is with a picture...these soft tones made me think of the Louvre and its Pyramid...

or you could create a pocket which is what I chose to do. First, I tore the paper, stappled a fun vintage looking quote on the right top corner for extra dimension and visual interest. Then, I  glued the three edges of that piece of paper onto the base paper so the tag could slide in and out.

Here's a look at the whole 8" layout:

a fun, creative way to document these precious daily moments...

Thank you!


Alexandra Sirugue- Macleod  Born in Paris and living in Chicago, alexandra sirugue-macleod is a published Franco-American designer. She has a deep love for Arts and always enjoys trying new mixed media techniques to showcase her photography.



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Yvonne sirugue

Bravo .cette technique est magnifique et va tellement bien avec la photo ! Y.S

mel mccarthy

Fabulous! Love the blended effect you get.

Sharon Young

Wonderful affect! Love the pocket idea. Thanks for sharing.

Larissa Heskett  =)

I LOVE your layout!! Such a FUN design!! I like the neat tag journaling holder!! =) Have a FABULOUS Memorial Day Weekend

Julie Tucker-Wolek

You are soooooooooo amazing!! I just love this!! LOVING those colors!!!

Greta H

Your pages are so unique & fabulous, Alexandra--just the right backgrounds & embellishments to add to the appeal & not detract from the pictures. Today's background is one of my favorites--so elegant & beautiful! Thanks for the clear directions.

Kelly Griglione

Indeed, a common technique, but definitely a not-so-common result! Love that the "colors" are all neutrals, and as such, go so well with the mix of photos. A beautiful layout, and well-written/photographed tutorial. Love this!

Paula Ponton (PEP)

I love the subtle colours you used, especiallythat mixture of ivory & grey. Your use of the flehs toned paper behind the pocket serves to pull the facial aspects of the whole layout to the eye's attention beautifully.
Love the resist technique with the Big Brush pens too.
Paula (PEP)

Monika Wright

If I could just be as creative as you, my dear!

Sandi T

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks fabulous! Love the softness that the pens added to this!!!!!


géniale cette technique. Tu me donnes envie d'essayer !
Superbe effet, ça rend vraiment bien. J'aime beaucoup

Jean Marmo

Such a gorgeous effect!

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