There are times when you just aren't going to have the right paper for your photos. You can waste time, sorting through your supplies and lamenting this fact, or you can get creative. I hate wasting time and I would much rather challenge myself to find a work around.
One of my favorite solutions is to use packaging. This works especially well when you are documenting a toy or new favorite item. The packaging is often already themed for you. It provides inspiration for patterns, motifs and colors. In this case, I was documenting my cats playing with my son's Hex Bug nano toy.
To use the packaging, you need to gently remove unwanted plastic pieces. You may need to cut the packaging down a little to fit your canvas. If you are concerned with it being acid free, you will need to spray it with an archival mist prior to adhering the packaging to the canvas. I personally prefer Krylon's mist. It is the most friendly on my budget and does the job well.
Navy is a great neutral. I could have used black but it would have been very harsh. Navy also lends to the scientific theme of the layout. To create my navy background, I covered scrap pieces of cardstock with painter's tape. I then ran these covered cards through my embossing machine. The cardstock helps the tape retain the design of the embossing folder.
Hexbug: Not Just for Humans
by Christy Strickler | Supplies: Cardstock: Colorbok;Alphas: My Little Shoebox; Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts; Modeling Paste: Liquitex; Snaps: Making Memories; Other: washi tape, painter’s tape, toy packaging,Glossy Accents,bicycle reflector
Stencils are an investment. The same can be said of embossing folders. Choose them wisely and you have a tool which can add texture and pattern to any project. Pair these with packaging, and you can create unique layouts that are perfectly in tune with your story.
P.S. Don't forget! We're playing Calvinball over at the JBS Mercantile Forum.
My Calvinball total so far this month:
Daily Blogging- 5 points
Scheming- 1 point
cleaning up after yourself- 1 point
shopping- 1 point
scrapbooking past my bedtime- 1 point
Total: 14 points