Nicole made a few happy discoveries when she was creating this little sketchbook using Grungepaper. The first lovely discovery was the ability to lightly emboss Grungepaper using Glimmer Screens by Tattered Angels. She sandwiched the Grungepaper with a Glimmer Screen then packed it tightly with extra paper before rolling it through her embossing machine using thin die adapter plates. She used the "Crown" Glimmer Screen here on the outside flap of her book.
She also discovered that Grungepaper has a slow absorption rate which means that you can spray heavily with Glimmermist and then lay embossed paper towel gently on top. This absorbs the puddled ink and leaves the pattern of the embossed paper towel on the Grungepaper making a really gorgeous finish.
Grungepaper is also fabulous for tearing, sewing and pleating, yet tough enough to last as a book cover and just as flexible as Grungeboard.
Louise had to confess that she had never used Tim Holtz grunge paper before; grunge board yes! but not grunge paper. Well after this 'creative experience', she has found a new 'to die for' product love!!! She was blown away with its versatility and as a result could not stop at just one layout and created 3 as she tried out a variety of techniques and effects with it.
For the layout 'u Rok' Louise saturated the grunge paper with glimmermist and left it to dry under a fan heater. What evolved was, as the Grunge Poard and Glimmer Mist dried, it buckled and allowed the Glimmer Mist to pool and dry in just the most fabulous crazed and crackled effect, which Lou then used to fabulous creative effect with her grungey rock like layout.
With this layout Louise had a bit of an oopsie that turned out to be a bit of a creative bonus. She often will run her Glimmer Misted backgrounds through a laminator as this helps to flatten out the buckling caused by the Glimmer Mist. However with the Grunge paper it proved to be a little to thick and started to buckle, she then had to take the laminator apart to rescue her grungepaper. She loved the 'folded up' effect of the grunge paper so much she used it as a decorative element of her layout.
The idea for this simple, grunge like, but elegant layout, came together as soon as Louise coupled the photo printed on acetate, onto to the plain background of the grungepaper. It required minimal embellishment as the greyness and the surface texture of the grunge paper with the photo, conveyed the message and intent of the layout perfectly for Louise.