For this layout I again pulled out that cool little dog tag die I got from Michelle at The Stamp Spot. At only $2.95 – you can’t afford NOT to have it in your stash. It’s super easy to use and really suits the Kaiser Attitude! range I’ve been playing with over the last couple of weeks.
On this layout though, I also used the Photo Corners die – which has 6 different photo corner designs. The plain one looks just like the oh-so-fashionable chevrons that are very popular at the moment. Running one of the textured papers from the Attitude! range through my photo corner die gave me these interesting ‘angles’ – and they made such a cool feature on the layout.
So pop on over and visit Michelle to get your own collection of MFT dies. There is a huge collection of different shapes and styles – something for everyone really.
Although its not quite raining men, there certainly seems to be a lot more masculine ranges on offer out there in scrapland than there used to be – and I for one, am not complaining. 🙂 Kaiser have followed up their brilliant Technologic with another male offering – this one aptly named Attitude!, and with plenty of that in my male dominated household, I have no lack of subjects available to scrap with this range.
Where Technologic was funky and bright – Attitude! is grungy and distressed. The colours are more sombre – charcoal, dirty white, darker greens (think army fatigues), maroon and a caramel brown; and the patterns are dominated by graffiti, camouflage, random numbers, timber palings and combinations of grungy background stamps. A major feature of the range is a series of (no less than 3) double-sided papers featuring journalling spots and die cut shapes. Most of these have words and sayings on them relating to boys.
For my first layout – Attitude – I’ve gone for papers that match the colours in the photo. The busy red and white number pattern of the reverse side of Teenager (and how appropriate is that name??) is a bit much for large areas – but is perfect for a ‘frame’ as shown. I’ve grunged up the edges of the paper by sandpapering them to reveal the inner, white paper core.
The base of the layout is the dirty white, grid pattern reverse of Dude. I’ve trimmed it down a couple of centimetres and inked along the edges. Keep in mind that the papers in this range are charcoal rather than a true black – so use a charcoal ink rather than a black one, as the latter will stand out very clearly against the patterned paper.
The 6.5″ Paper Pad from the range contains some stand out patterns. I’ve used one of them here, offset behind the photo as a photo mat. The star embellishment cluster includes a couple of stars – 1 cut from a paper in the 6.5″ Paper Pad (the red textured star) and another from the charcoal, reverse side of Attitude. The centre of the larger star is a sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet.
Next to it is a dog tag I made from another metallic textured paper from the 6.5″ Paper Pad (I told you these papers were fantastic) and some altered chipboard cogs. The dog tag has been embellished with rubons from the collection; a small metal star; and a chipboard cog – and is finished off with a metal ball chain, just like a real dog tag. To get the textured, grungy finish to the chippy, I’ve added several layers of ink (silver for one and red/charcoal on the other), some Black Soot Distress Stickles and Crystallina Kindyglitz and then heated it all with my heat gun to fuse it together.
The stamp you can see – Graffiti – is from the accompanying Kaiser release – and directly matches one of the patterns repeated in the Attitude! range.
The top right corner of the layout features a piece of chippy from my stash – same chipboard treatment.
This is about as chevron-y as I get – and then it is not so much a chevron, as a repeated arrow pattern (or so I tell myself) and is the same metallic paper as the dog tag. The arrow is cut from the same patterned paper as the earlier star. Both textured papers are part of the 6.5″ Paper Pad. The alphas with the way cool font are from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet.
The chipboard at the bottom of the layout is half a corner piece – I cut it into two and used the other bit under the photo.
The last corner is in fact the first corner I finished designing – the poor layout sat there for several days whilst I pushed bits round and round (well – more up and down than round and round actually) 🙂 – because I really liked the way the arrows went with the chippy bit in the middle. Finally I worked out how to add more pattern to the layout (by adding the patterned paper matt) – but it did take a while before I was happy.
Around the edges of the layout in a couple of spots, I added in some stitching – which I then cut and partially ripped out. Just an added element of grunge.
So check out some Attitude! of your own from Ideal Papercraft and get scrapping something masculine.
This week I thought I would try my hand at a mini album using the Kaiser Attitude! papers. A recent photo shoot in the Park has given me a heap of photos that are nice shots of the boys – but they are slightly out of focus (I am learning how to use my new 7D and all the settings are different – so I am making somewhat of a mess of it at the moment) and not good enough to use on a 12 x 12 layout. Kept small for a mini though, they work ok. I thought I would make one that shows how well the boys get on together (at least for short periods of time) and say something about where they are – here and now – in life.
It’s a random size – dictated by several left-over cuts of cardboard – and measures 5 1/4 inches by 7 inches. I’m keeping it fairly simple in terms of embellishments and leaving it to the photos to speak for themselves. And for a change – I’m even going to handwrite the journalling.
The first page of the mini I’ve completed is of my youngest son. He’s always a challenge to photograph – the glasses are a pain, he has never been one for smiling much and since he got his braces at the beginning of the year, it has been almost impossible to get a good shot of him. So I was very happy with this one (despite my chagrin at not getting it in focus properly).
The base paper for the page is Whatever! (oos) and to provide the contrasting elements I have used a couple of die cut sections from Prank (oos). The red section with the definition on it serves to matt the photo and like the photo and the base paper, it has been sand-papered along the edges to distress them. When I’ve got white as an element on the page, I like to do this type of distressing to try and link to that white element.
The circle die cut has had a small cut made into it so that the photo edge can be slipped under it. To complete the printed elements in the cluster, I’ve added a die cut cog cut from a bit of pizza box using the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die. This has been painted with Tim Holtz Distress Reinker Aged Mahogany (which is a good match in colour to the red in the patterned paper) and then I’ve popped on a bit of twine and one of Tracy’s Silver Metal Textured Stars to finish it off. The last element on the page is a die cut arrow from the Attitude! Collectibles Die Cuts pack (oos).
The second page is meant to go with the photo on the opposite page – with both pages acting as a matched pair. For this reason the embellishments are pretty similar on both pages.
I really liked the quote on this die cut element from the Prank (oos) paper. I felt it really matched up well with the photo of my 3 terrors having fun making my photo shoot an impossible task. The base paper for these pages is Dude – which is the only light coloured paper in the entire range.
I’ve used one of the sticker borders from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet (oos) as a colour contrast to the die cut and to help tie it into the other page. The only other embellishments on the page are some left-over cogs from a previous layout (the silver and black ones) and some new cogs I inked with Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain Aged Mahogany.
The matching page has similar embellishments and colours – with the addition of a few new elements. The stamp I’ve used is the Textured Clear Stamp Graffiti (oos) by Kaiser. Unfortunately, Tracy is out of the Aged Mahogany Distress Ink that I used here – but she is certain to restock soon, as this is a very popular colour.
The black splats you can see are thanks to my Black Soot Distress Stain – the ink pad of which makes the most stunning splats – as you can see. A couple more of the chipboard cogs, more of the die cut border and a few more Silver Metal Textured Stars provide the repeated elements from the matching page. The textured stars though, have been altered with some mahogany ink this time, just for something a little different. I’ve also used the word half of Tracy’s Mates Boy Pin set – and have saved the other to be used later on with another photo. Rather than keeping it white, I grunged it up a little with a smear or two of Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.
The last elements on the page are a couple of Kaiser rubons from the Attitude! pack. And yet again I am forced to complain about the quality of the rubons from Kaiser. I really wish they would get their quality control under control. 😦 Not one single rubon from this pack – and I have 3 sets of the horrid things – has worked properly.
Despite careful application – the rubons are not coming off the backing sheet properly. In some cases I have managed to make them work by simply reapplying rubons over the top of existing (and incomplete) rubons to get a full image – but in several instances I have had to either cover them up with something else or leave them as is – sort of a grungy distressed rubon look. It’s really too bad, as Kaiser have some lovely rubons – but I just won’t buy them anymore. I only have these as they form part of my DT kit.
So race on in to my2angels to check out Attitude! – and maybe start a mini of your own. There are plenty more pages of mine to come – so keep an eye out for more in the upcoming weeks.
Tracy has some cool new stock just in. Loving the colours in the new foam stamens – the white ones are great as you can colour them in to suit yourself.
Also in are some limited edition Brown and White Mulberry Flower Packs – hurry and get in for these as they sold out in days the last time she got them in.
I LOVE my new Die-namics Dog Tag Die. I bought it because I knew it would be a perfect match for the then, soon-to-be released, Kaiser Attitude! range and I am so glad I did. For a minimal outlay – the tag die is as cheap as chips – I can make made-to-match tags for any layout, using any range.
Of course to get it, I popped into The Stamp Spot – since they are my go-to store for all my Die-namics Dies. If it’s not in stock when you visit – just give Michelle an email to see when she is making her next order.
To make the first tag I simply popped a piece of Trouble (reverse side) into the die and then inked around the edge with my silver ink to make it look like it was a silver tag. The slightly indented edge of the die helps to make this effect look very realistic. I then added a couple of Attitude! rubons and a silver Metal Textured Star.
The other tag is one of the metal accents papers from the Attitude! 61/2″ Paper Pad. The red numbers are also rubons from the Attitude! rubons pack. The final element in the finished tag set is a Ball and Chain. Looking at them, it’s hard to believe they are paper and rubons.
I can see me using this little die over and over again. Because the dies are metal themselves, they can be used with thin metal sheets – so I am playing with making proper metal versions. I’ll get back to you with the results of my playing when I get done.