Scrapbook. Page. Two words that make me want run and hide. Don’t get me wrong, I love scrapbooking. What I don’t love is the sense of pressure I let the whole project causes. I began scrapbooking years ago…13 years ago to be exact. When I first started out it was all a bunch of “sticker sneeze” and deco scissors. I did it for me and for the fun of it. Over the years I have found my style and my comfort zone. Unfortunately, I have also fell into the trap of comparison. I look at all magazines and galleries of gorgeous pages boasting layers and layers papers adorned with flowers, pretty lace, chipboard, glittery sprays and bright professional quality photos. Then, I look at my pages with minimal layers, no fancy embellishments and “everyday” photos. They are nothing close to what I see around me. So, I find myself beginning to stress trying to be someone else. When I went to work on my project for this post that is exactly what I did once again.
For starters, I wanted to show you some of the great uses for E-Z Dots®. Being a temporary adhesive, people sometimes question their use. There are actually a lot of handy ways to use EZ Dots®. One of those ways is masking. You can cut out a shape, attach it to the page, spray with a glittery spray or paint and then peel off the shape, leaving the outline. In my mind I saw those gorgeous pages that I mentioned earlier. Sparkly spray, popped out shapes, swirls and layers of awesomeness.
So, I cut my squares slightly large than my intended photos. Put some EZ Dots® on the back
Next, I attached them to a white base where I wanted the photo “mats” and sprayed.
As you can see, I have some cool “mats” but it was a bit warped from the spray.
Not a problem because a few lines of E-Z Runner® on the back, attach it to a base page and it’s super smooth and good to go. I now have a page with spots for 3 photos.
So far so good! Now to just adding all the “extras”. I stood there for what seemed like hours. (And in all honesty it could have well been). Well, friends, it finally hit me. I am not one of those aforementioned people….I am just not a layer it on and make it pretty girl…THIS is what I got….
And that is as far as I got. I love the masking effect using E-Z Dots® and have used it on cards and for creating cool scenes in stamping…but on scrapbook pages it’s new for me. I was a bit lost as to what to do next.
That brings me to my other favorite use for E-Z Dots®. Every time I create a page I stand there and arrange and rearrange things over and over. I have learned that by using E-Z Dots® I can lay things out without losing them if I have to go do something else or move my work surface (or if I mess up so badly I need to start over) So, those photos above… Yep, attached with E-Z Dots® I peeled the photos off without any bending or tearing, tossed the base and decided to go with what comes natural…..
Not a lot of layers, no fancy embellishing, no layers of chipboard, crystals, flowers or trims. It is just a clean simple page with a graphic feel and a touch of bling. My fancy popped out embellishment?
The die cut title attached with one of my favorite adhesives—3D Foam Squares.
Now, that is me. And, fortunately for me, SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ is one line of products that can be used effortlessly no matter what your style