How to Keep It Clean When It Could Be a Big Mess: Three Ways

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Are you a scrapbooker who loves to make a mess, or do you like to keep it clean?

Maybe you love some of the effects of messy scrapbooking, but your style is clean and graphic.

Here are three ways you can play with the mess, get some of the results of messy scrapbooking, but still have a page that is clean in its overall appearance…

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1 – Color Medium Layers
Start with a piece of cardstock or water color paper and play to your heart’s content with two or more colors in any choice of medium. Once dry, place it behind a big open die cut and trim away the sides. Then mount it to a white background.

You can add patterned paper to some of the open spots.

Tip: If you work with colors while they’re wet like I did with the greens and yellow that you see behind some of the circles, don’t mix warms and cools. Mixing warms and cools while wet will usually result in some murky browns.

So if I want to add warms to cools, or vice versa, I wait until the warms are dry before adding cools.

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2 – Water Color
Layer the same die cut to make it thick (I used about 4 cuts of the tree frame). Mix up some water color and do some messy painting on your layered cut. Use it as a “messy” but subtle embellishment on a clean and graphic page.

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3 – Memorabilia in Pockets
Memorabilia can be messy — especially when your memorabilia is a collection of your child’s handmade creations. Cut the memorabilia into small pieces and put them into the pockets of a pocket page, along with some patterned paper.

This is a good way to corral a bunch of pieces together onto one page, while still keeping the overall look of your page pretty clean. Pocket pages are a great way to facilitate a clean look.

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You can even combine all three of these onto one 2-page layout and still stay true to your clean style, while having a bit of messy play.

So go ahead and have fun paperclipping. :)

Shine On,
Noell

P.S.> Paperclipping Members can see this page come together in video tutorial, Paperclipping 273 – Binge-Cutting, Experimenting, and Staying Organized.

  • TracieClaiborne

    Love this!!

  • Gabrielle McCann

    Great post. I love the layers of paint you created

  • Yes!! I love the combination of clean design with interesting, artsier elements like this.