Scrapping “the boys” – masculine layouts…

August 21, 2009

Do you wondered how the pro’s make boy layouts look great?

Do you struggle with new ideas of how to scrap the men in your life?

Read on, our talented Contributing Design Team members, Nancy, Tanya, Christine and Rona give us a few tips on how to scrap little boys and men….

Here’s what Tanya had to say about boy themed layouts,

“With two main men in my life (my hubby and my son) and another boy on the way, I am destined to scrapping boys for the rest of my life!!  I often get asked how I come up with ideas for scrapping boys with the general consensus being that girls are easier to scrap!”

Like many others with young boys and men in their lives, Tanya too struggles agains the urge to add pretty flowers and bling to her layouts,

“There are so many scrappers out there who do find it hard to scrap boy themed layouts, and I have to admit when I first started scrapping and feasting my eyes on all the flowers, jewels and pretty papers, I did struggle with this too.  I would tend to get stuck on selecting just the right ‘boyish’ colours, the perfect ‘masculine’ embellishments but once I look past that, I find that scrapping boys offers an opportunity to explore our creativity.”

First we’ll show you what our Design Team came up with, then provide a few tips on how to get the most out of your masculine layouts…

And now for Tanya’s own layout. First she explains how she created her gorgeous layout featuring her little boy,

“For my layout “Beach Boy” I chose to use the soft blues and oranges from the Offshore range and layered up a few of the different patterned papers on a neutral background.  I have used diecuts and pearls to represent the sun and cut out the wave to depict the ocean.  I then used the clear stamps to create the border to finish the layout off.”

BLOG21.8 Offshore - Tanya Tahir

Materials: Offshore paper collection, clear stamps, die cut elements, alpha stickers, pearls (SB781 mang0) and chipboard alphas.

Next up Christine show’s us that ‘flourishy’ or ‘girly themed’ papers can too be used to scrap up boys. Instead of using those elements in the layout, she’s used the back’s of the papers keeping a masculine looking layout featuring graphic lines, simple blanket stitching, raw chipboard alphas, look she’s even used a flower. Here a simple embroidered badge in neutral colours looks fantastic!

BLOG21.08Loire Valley - Christine Rumley

Materials: Loire Valley paper collection, embroidered badges, die cut elements, chipboard alphas, grosgrain ribbon.

Or why not start with your photo. What stands out? Are there any elements you can take from it and enhance in your layout. As Sam has done below, use your scrapbooking products to your advantage. Here Sam has kept with the water and summer theme using Kaisercraft’s Offshore paper collection and elements.

BLOG 21.08 Offshore - Sam Hauzer

Materials: Offshore paper collection, alpha stickers, epoxy bradsclear stamps, chipboard alphas and rhinestones.

Last, but not least Nancy goes grungy with splattered and messy rub ons, inked and ripped edges and generous amounts of messy stitching! She has also used a ‘beach’ themed paper collection – with it’s bright colours, the Offshore collection is perfect for enhancing bright boys clothing, like motorbike gear! We love it!!

BLOG21.08 Offshore-Nancy Burke.jpg

Materials: Offshore paper collection, RB822 Boyz Border rub ons & RB817 Boy Zone rubons.

Scrapping the boys tips:

Tanya offered one last tip,

  • “When I scrap a boy layout I first think about colours and elements that represent the emotion of the story I am trying to tell.  Boys and all their different dimensions lend an opportunity to combine all sorts of elements on our pages. Who says that using soft colours, adding a few flowers or adding traditionally ‘girl’ embellishments can’t be used on pages featuring boys?”

Nancy also offered her own advice,

  • “Try to avoid anything obviously girly: flowers, lace, ribbons, the color pink, and anything frilly!”
  • “Carry the theme of the photos- if the photo is of a boy playing in the mud (as boys often do), then use browns and other earthy colors on the layout. I often find the best inspiration by looking at the photo and simply carrying the theme from the photo onto the page.”
  • “Take inspiration from the clothes they are wearing in the photos. When I am at a clothing store, I find lots of inspiration from browsing the men’s and boys’ departments. There are all sorts of cool graphics and designs on t-shirts and other clothing that can be translated into a scrapbook page.”

We’ve also got the following tips,

  • Colour is important. Keep colours neutral if you’re unsure. You can use flowers all you like, they do come in all the colours of the rainbow!! It is the theme and colour of the page which will give it the masculinity it needs, not the blue or brown flower you use. Choose a colour theme and stick with it throughout the whole layout.
  • Simple, straight lines are nearly always a recipe for success – check out Christine’s and Fran’s layouts for simple scrapping techniques.
  • Go rustic as Nancy has done. Tearing, inking the edge of papers, ‘dirty’ papers, torn sheets and natural type pages jump out and say ‘boy’.
  • Begin with the photo. Look at the photo and let it ‘tell’ you what the layout needs. Boys photos can be cheeky, wild, adventurous or cute, but they nearly always have ‘boy’ written all over them in one way or another. What colours are in the photo? What actions are taking place?
  • Go bold. “Boys will be boys”, therefore boldness in a scrapbooking layout is often just perfect. This can be boldness of colours, boldness of embellishments (something really wacky, big or simply ghastly on it’s own), boldness in the title or journalling. Only choose one area to go bold and do it well. Bold is best for boys.
  • Look around the world outside. Think outside the square with boys page layouts. Make you starting point an item you find in the shed or something from the natural world for instance. Think washers, staples, hessian, raw cardboard, games pieces, clothing tags and much more!

Do you have any tips we’ve missed here? Or links to great boy layouts? Make sure you share them on our facebook discussion board and don’t forget to add your masculine layouts to our gallery!

Also check out Scrapbook Creations online article about ‘Scrapping your boys (with a feminine touch)’.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for another ‘Saturday sketch’ and some great gift ideas on Sunday!!

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  • Reply Nikki.A August 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Hey girls, not only are your layouts just gorgeous, but your “boys tips” are fantastic…good job!!!!!!!

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  • Reply Teresa at Scrapbook Crops September 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I agree with Nikki.A your layouts are just gorgeous. It seems to take me longer to come up with a layout for my boys than it does for my daughter. When I go to Scrapbook Crops I see so many other ladies working on pages for the men in their life and it helps me with ideas for my 2 sons and husbands layouts. Nice Job!!

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