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Using Pens Creatively in Scrapbook Layouts

Candy Rosenberg is our Guest Poster for this post.  Take a look at her great tips for using pen work in your scrapbook layouts!  You can visit Candy’s blog here to see more of her work and also read her bio below.

"My name is Candy Rosenberg and I am from Southern Oregon.  Paper crafting is more than a hobby to me, it is about sharing, just visit my blog at www.certifiedscrapaholic.com.
I am on the design team for our local scrapbook store; Krop, Paper, Scissors, PixelGypsyDesigns.com and ScrappinFreestyle.com.
 
I teach classes at our LSS and YMCA, hold quarterly crops.  I truly enjoy sharing this hobby with many people locally and online."
 
Back to Basics: Pen Work
 
Pens are not just for journaling.  I am a self proclaimed penaholic and it is one of the basics we tend to forget about, with all the fancy embellishments and paper on the market.  It can be hard to picture how to use a pen on a layout for something other than journaling.
 
One of the basics that I keep coming back to is using my pens to create depth on alphabets, photographs and on the paper itself.  The layout of "our son", I used my favorite pen, a Uniball Signo White Pen, and insist that everyone in the country have this in their tote, it is so versatile.  It is a true white pigment ink that shows brilliantly on darker color papers, I tend to use it on every layout I create, often very subtle, however it can give a lot of pop when needed.
 
On the "our son" layout I outlined the inside of the stamped alphas and then highlighted the cirlces on the stamped bracket as well, this makes all the lettering pop off the page.  In addition, you will find small details around the paper flowers to the right of the photograph.  I even used it to run the lettering behind the plane and make the appearance of a smoky trail behind the plane.  It really gives some pow to a neutral color base on a boys page.
 
n the second layout "be happy", the pen use is much more substantial.  The pen was used to highlight the die cut letters and hanging flowers, then took it to the patterned paper in the back to counter balance all the brown in the flowering.

So dont forget that your pens can be a valuable tool in your next layout.

- Candy Rosenberg

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