Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shaker Grad Pics!

Graduates!  It's time to send your grad photos to friends and family!
 Now, we are all familiar with the traditional black cal folder and the message 
written in white gold or silver pen.
Today, we have two awesome ways to deck out your senior portraits!

First way: Cardstock! There are so many colorful designs to choose from
in our stores!  All you have to do is choose a theme and pattern and, with just a few scrapbooking 
techniques, you can add some color to that plain black cal folder!  Add some ephemera embellishments and even some pop-up accents!
Here, I used a couple papers from Amy Tangerine's new On a Whim Collection.
Just as a heads up, Ben Franklin Crafts is selling Lauhala print Cal Folders!
This item is exclusively sold at our stores, so don't miss out!  They add a great "Island" touch,
which is great for sending photos out-of-state.  Paired with cute tropical-themed paper, it is ADORABLE.

Notice the glitter yet?  Yes, there are sequins and glitter on the photos!
I used the We-R-Memory Fuse Tool to make the graduates' photos into "shaker photos"!

 It's a pretty simple process, really.  All you need is scrapbook sleeves, sequins, glitter and your graduate's photo!  Slip the photo into the sleeve and place it flush against the corner.  (That way, all you need to do is fuse two sides!)  Slide some sequins and glitter onto the photo and fuse the remaining two sides to seal them in.  Lastly, cut off the excess sleeve plastic! 

Back to the Lauhala print.  It can be a little tricky to work with for it can go in either the "tacky" direction or the "cute" direction depending on how you use it. 

Just like working with textures in mixed media, mixing a fun and modern print consisting of simple shapes with the photo-realistic lauhala print can balance everything out.  And of course, Amy Tangerine will have that perfect, quirky and colorful, tropical paper!  Here, I used the other, more solid side of the tropical print paper to create a space for a short message.  The square could even be made into a pocket large enough for a graduation or grad party invitation!

 Here are the close-ups of the "shaker photos" .   I slid these photos into the decorated Cal-Folders and it really brought everything together.  It added that extra gold accent and "fun factor" to the portraits.   Wouldn't these be fun to get in the mail?  I was having a ball shaking them after they were fused! 😀

There are so many ways to customize your graduation photo to make it really represent who you are and what you're all about!  Have fun with it because this is your celebration, Graduate!

Erika @ PC

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