Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Scoring backgrounds - How To'sday post at Scrapbooksteals

For today's "How To'sday" on ScrapbookSteals.com I have a simple technique for adding texture without much mess or adding a lot of thickness to the page. Go grab a tool for scoring (I used the AC Cut It Up), a piece of paper, some sand paper (I used a WRMK Heart Attack) and come back. 

Using your scoring tool, draw a series of vertical and horizontal lines on what will be the back of your paper. I really like making a large symmetrical grid and then go back and add some randomly close score marks to create interest. 

Now flip the paper "right side up" and rub the lines with your sand paper. I darkened the next several photos to help you see the effect created on the paper. The one above was darkened also, it shows what the paper looks like before I was done distressing all the score marks - there's some texture but it isn't very visible. 

All done with the sanding!

This one I took really dark so you could see all the places I'd distressed and torn up in the process. 

Then, to heighten that texture I rubbed the page with a Distress Ink pad in Vintage Linen and set to work on my layout. I didn't worry about smudging or over inking, knowing that it would lend itself to creating a more interesting background. 

And below I have a close up of a portion of the layout, you know, just for fun.

All the papers for this project were from Teresa Collins' Memorabilia line. The ribbons are stash. 

Linking this up with the Memory Nest.


  1. Jessica, WOW!! I love what you did with the background! Gorgeous!!! Hope you will consider sharing your Crafty Creation with us on our link up!!

    1. So glad you shared this layout Jessica. I am sure someone will love to see how you created the background. I may have to try this technique!!

  2. Perfectly easy and it really adds something to the layout. Bookmarked that technique! Thanks for the clear instructions/photos. Plus- that photo (in the layout) is precious. Definitely worth a page of its own.

  3. Awesome LO and great technique!! Stopping by from the Crafty Creations Link Up to say Hi!! :)


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