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Friday, May 30, 2014

Masculine Layout Tips

Well this is my last post of the month, and I issued everyone a challenge to create masculine  projects. The scrapbooking industry is full of products for feminine designs and it is sometimes a challenge to create for the men in your life. All month Peggy and I have been sharing some great projects over on the Artsy Addicts blog, that I hope have inspired you. Today I thought I would recap some tips on how I set out to create Masculine layouts.
1)  Dig around in your stash for items that have a neutral theme and color.   I like to select colors that are blue, red, neutrals (grey, tan, brown, black, white) and green.  Not that there is any kind of rule to sticking to a color, I just find that these colors help my focus stay masculine.
2)  Look for embellishments in your stash that are not gender specific, like the Dictionary Tissue Tape from Tim Holtz, Star Sequins, and chevron designs, notebook paper, cameras, arrows, tickets, labels, wood veneers and tags. Metal accents are awesome for Masculine projects.
3) Select papers that lean more on the masculine side.  Like the Heidi Swapp No Limits papers - which were actually travel papers, but you can't tell after it was used and the Echo Park Note to Self (which has a lot of things you can fussy cut to add interest to your layout).
 Here is a process video of me making the layout!
Here is the finished layout. 

My son's girlfriend said to me yesterday "I like that this layout is very masculine, but still has a lot of sparkle!"   Don't be afraid to use sparkle elements or even flowers on a masculine layout - just don't over do it!  
I hope this post has helped you with ideas on creating masculine projects.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs


Heidi Swapp  - No Limits Paper collection
Heidi Swapp - Confetti Stencil 6x6
7 Gypsies Paddington clear stamp
7 Gypsies - Postale Index Cards7 Gypsies - Naked Index Cards
7 Gypsies - Library Drawer - Tabbed Dividers - Naked Tabs
My Mind's Eye - Everyday Funday kraft - Everyday Fun stamps
My Mind's Eye - Find Your Wings & Fly - Stamps
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - dictionary tissue tape
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Frameworks Border Die Chevron
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer Hearts & Arrows
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer School Days Speech Bubbles
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Vermillion
Cosmo Cricket - Glitter Adhesive Sheets  Red, Blue, Silver
Fiskars Circle Punch - 1.75 Inches
Marvy Circle Punch - 2 Inches
Washi - Red Chevron
Prima Wood Veneer Camera
Black Sharpie
EK Success Zig Writer
Clear Glitter Nail Polish
Star Sequins
Grid Line Index Cards
Color Box Pigment Stamp Ink Silver
Color Smart Pigment Stamp Ink White
Hampton Art - 7 Gypsies - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Varsity
Hampton Art Rubber Stamp A Day To Remember Numbers
Echo Park  Note to Self

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