I have quite a surprise for you today. Another two page spread. Yes, I said that. Another! Whatever has possessed me, you might ask. Well, it was called a pile of pictures from February that I needed to finish up so I could begin scrapping our recent vacation pictures (which by the way, the prints arrived today and I was so thrilled because the color came back more vivid than I expected! I can’t wait to share those pages with you).
I think you all know that I love old rusty stuff. Yup, you heard me. And no, I’m not afraid of Tetanus (er, I wonder when the last time I had a booster was….maybe I should check that out, I know everyone else in my family is good on that front, but I don’t know about myself!). Well tetanus or not, I love rust and character. But what I love the most is the story it can tell. In all aspects. The person(s) who made it, the person(s) who used it, the person(s) who abandoned it. What happened along the way? Did these engines pull a train that was an important event in history? Was this train robbed by a famous bandit? The stories my imagination can run away with, the character of the piece is what enthralls me. So, I find myself hopelessly snapping away when I venture across pieces with a story to tell, if only they could talk. And because photography and scrapbooking can so easily go hand in hand, it seems almost wrong to not scrap one my favorite inanimate subjects to photograph.
Supplies: Echo Park (For the Record, paper, stickers), Studio Calico (veneer chips), The Twinery, misc (black cardstock)
Technique Tip: Sticker Resuscitation Today, instead of a design tip, I’m going to do a technique tip. I have two tools I must have with me at all times when I scrap. They are my reverse action tweezers (or any fine point tweezers) and my Zig fine tip 2-way adhesive.
For pretty much every LO I do, I use my reverse action tweezers to place the letter stickers. It keeps my clumsy fingers out of the line of sight. However, this time I didn’t like where I had placed the word “if”. I needed to pull it up, but in doing so with my reverse action tweezers, I accidentally tore the layers of the stickers apart.
But, with the right equipment, it’s an easy repair!
Use the tweezers to fully pull up the sticker (when I tear the top, I start again at the bottom to be sure I get the tweezers completely underneath it before removing it completely, and thus keeping it from coming off in two or more pieces. Then replace the sticker in the correct place. Using the Zig adhesive pen, apply a small amount of adhesive between the two layers.
Apply gentle pressure (if adhesive leaks out, use the tweezers to prevent your finger from being stuck). Hold it about 5 seconds, and VIOLA! A repaired sticker.
Price Per Page: $$$$ ($4 or more MSRP) This page was more expensive than my average, but considering it is a two page spread at just under $5, it is right on par for average when divided by two.