Monday, November 23, 2009

In Their Words

My boys have some fantastic quotes and questions and wanted to capture them on this layout. I'm on the design team for a local scrapbook store called the Crop Shop and the challenge was to use Core'dinations Chocolate Paper. I really liked how sanding the embossed elements look with paper but I do not have an embossing gadget. I remember doing hand embossing in art school, did a test and worked like a charm!

Here is my final layout:

Here is the quote SVG if you'd like to give this a try. Click here to DOWNLOAD.

Here is tutorial on how I did the hand embossing:
STEP 1: After you create your image in Illustrator select art and choose reflect tool. (Please note - do not do real detailed art - keep it on the simple side)

STEP 2: Select Vertical Reflect and Copy.

STEP 3: Print the reflected art out on your printer.

Cut the original art out on the Cricut using chip board. (I use cereal boxes - and set cutter to 3X in SCAL)
STEP 5: Attach chip board to the right side of the paper (the side you want to "pop out"). Place in the corner for easy positioning & tape in place.

STEP 6: Trim the mirror image that you printed out to size.

STEP 7: Turn paper over and attach mirror image to same corner. This printout is just a guide to show you where you need to emboss.

STEP 8: I just used a pen without the point. Using your printout as a guide you have to feel for the edges of chipboard and trace around and also emboss on the inside of the object. Press hard but don't tear thru.

STEP 9: This is how it should look from the bottom side of the paper.

STEP 10: This is the final embossed panel. I tore the top and bottom and sanded on my embossed areas to reveal the core color.

This paper is awesome. I also used it for the title and frames around the quotes and printed the quotes out on the back of the paper. Please let me know what you think of the tutorial, hope you give it a try!


  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 24 Nov [LA 04:08pm, NY 07:08pm] - 25 Nov [UK 12:08am, OZ 11:08am] ).

  2. I saw your post on craftedge and was inspired enough to come check your blog.. Your project is absolutely stunning.. I love the embossing idea.. I have the fiskars item but it can be pretty pricy after a while. Well not only will this be saving me money?? but it will also encourage recycling of those cereal boxes..LOL.. Again thanks..


  3. Amy, the tut is so well done and your BLOG is really easy to read. I'll be back often.