love girly-girl layouts. Unfortunately, half of our population
is made up of men who can sometimes be so dirty and rough
around the edges. If you’re like me, you may have a
difficult time translating your favorite girlish embellishments
and patterns into something that’s fit for a boy.
Here are a few tips and tricks that will make a masculine
layout easier and more fun to do:
Think Colorful - When you think of a masculine layout, usually
dark colors will come to mind. While those are still a tried-and-true
way to make a page more masculine, try breaking the mold by
adding some light, fresh colors into the layout. You’ll
be surprised just how good it will look.
Go Geometric – Masculine layouts are a great time to
use all that colorful striped, checked, and dotted patterned
paper you’ve been collecting. Look for bold and strong
patterns to convey that masculine appearance.
Distress It - Try inking, painting, sanding, and crumpling
your embellishments for a grungier look. Walnut ink is a great
way to add a little bit of dark color to a light paper or
embellishment to rough it up a bit. You can make the ink as
dark or as light as you want to for your desired effect.
Sandpaper is another easy way to help your paper reflect that
rough-and-tumble look. Crumple your patterned paper and then
uncrumple it and lay it out flat. Then sand the creases lightly.
You’ll be left with a distressed version of your patterned
paper that will bring a rougher feel to the page.
into the mess of sanding and inking? There are several product
lines that do the distressing work for you. Rusty Pickle,
7 gypsies, K & Co, and Basic Grey are just a few.
Add Embellishments – A masculine layout doesn’t
mean that you have to go sans flowers and ribbon. They just
need a little bit of tweaking and adjusting. For instance,
tie ribbon accents in a knot rather than a bow and you’ll
accomplish that masculine look. Metal embellishments such
as brads, staples, hooks, tags and letters can be layered
with ribbon, silk flowers or even fabric to help all of the
elements work together.
Remember to Journal - Just because you’ve got a man
or a boy to scrap about, doesn’t mean he doesn’t
have the same feelings and emotions that a girl does. Try
to get these down on paper for your journaling. Try a question-and-answer
style of writing to get the man in your life to participate
in the journaling.
If you can think outside the box with the products you already
have, you can make anything look masculine. Additional shopping
is not really necessary. (You don’t have to tell your