Thursday, August 23, 2012

Distressing, sanding & punching, oh my!!!!

Can I just say how excited I am about today's post!
I love, love, love to shabby things up...
In fact, sometimes I forget to stop and go a lil overboard.

I think you are going to love the layouts and love the tips the girls
are giving us. They really are the best!!

Irene Tan
 Take a second look at this layout and don't be intimidated, 
take it step by step and you'll be amazed what you can do! 
Designer Tip: "There are several distressing techniques used on this layout. 
Besides the usual edge distressing using a paper distresser, I've also used a 
technique which I've started a very long time ago called "Extreme Punching to Distress" technique. This is a very easy and fun technique. Simply just use a hole 
puncher and randomly punch on the edges or corners of your papers. 
To make it more interesting, try using a hole puncher which can punch different 
sizes of holes or try tearing away part of the punched area.
Later, ink the area with some distress ink to make it look more realistic." 
Stitching is also a way to add dimension and shabbiness to a project.
And don't stress is your stitches are not straight or you go off the edge.  Sometimes
it's even fun to sand across your stitching so it breaks and the little ends fray.
Remember: There are no mistakes in scrapbooking... we just add character!!!!
 See how in the photos above and below there are 'tears' in the paper?
Sometimes those are a happy accident, and sometimes, we do it on
purpose.  Either way... it's such a fun technique.
 Bo Bunny Supplies
Patterned Paper: Globe Trotting, Baggage Claim, Quotes, and Destination/Detour
Cardstock: Double Dot in Shadow Dot
Jewels: Detour
Chipboard: Detour 12 x 12
Flowers: Denim Blue Bouquet, Denim Blue Pansy

 Paint is such and easy and fun way to add distressing to a layout.  
Just dunk a toothbrush or stiffish paint brush in water.
Swish it around in a glob of paint, then while aiming at your project, 
run across the bristles with your thumb. Voila' Instant splatter.
This will also work with an ink pad, your splatter will just be much lighter and finer. 
 Don't be afraid to distress the edge of your layout with both ink and an edge distresser,
or sand and ink.  Double distressing makes for extra character.
 I love how Luz's brads make a splatter trail that matches the paint splatter...
it adds continuity to the layout.
 Bo Bunny Supplies
Patterned Paper: Serenade
Double Dot Paper: Licorice
Daisy Blossoms: Wildberry Daisy
Pansy Blossoms: Clover Pansy,Natural Earth Pansy
Brads: Serenade
Cardstock Sticker: Serenade
Jewels: Serenade
Buttons: Serenade
Layered Chipboard: Serenade
Dimensional Stickers: Serenade
Combo Sticker: Serenade
12X12 chipboard: Serenade

Distress, sand, ink, splatter, punch, tear and sew....
Today's layouts are definitely not short on inspiration.
Thanks for hanging out!


  1. Loving these layouts!! These papers are awesome!!

  2. those are great tips and just gorgeous creations! Irene...that photo is so so cool!

  3. Irene's LO is amazing, unbelievable!

  4. My goodness, these are both gorgeous. I especially love Irene's. Just amazing!!!

  5. WOW! Irene, your layout is amazing. Thank you for drawing our attention to all the details.

  6. These are JUST GORGEOUS!! I love love love the colors on both and LOVING that title work on Irene's!!!!

  7. Elles sont magnifiques ces pages !! Bravo !!

  8. Fabulous layouts and tips... so inspiring - thank you all!
    Alison x

  9. Gorgeous, shabby, distressed pages!! Lots of amazing inspiration here. Love the hole punch distressing - going to have to try this technique!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. Irene how in the world did you achieve that look in your photo? It looks so cool, I must try cutting the 'characters' out of my photos to achieve this look, great job, its wonderful! Great talent this week!