August 2023 Wk1 Scrapbook page layout

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August 2023 Wk1 Scrapbook page layout
Its time for the first layout from our new guest scrapbooker of the month.  You can read more about Nicky below, but here's her double page layout using the August Scrapbox kit and sketches. 
Her paper tearing really sets the page apart from the normal, here's a few tips to start you off.

Tearing Handmade Paper

Torn edges offer a rustic look that can't be replicated with clean cuts and create pleasing layers on your scrapbook pages. 

Basic tools are all you’ll need for this. 

While not essential, having a ruler on hand can be a big help for tearing along straight lines.  A Bone Folder or Scoring Tool can be handy for creating a gentle crease along your intended tear line, ensuring a more controlled tear.  Lastly, water and thin paintbrush allows us to paint a line on the paper to tear along, giving a softer and sometimes feathery edge.


If you're aiming for a straight tear, use your ruler to lightly mark the tear line. For specific shapes, you can gently sketch the shape with a pencil. However, embracing spontaneity can yield wonderful results too!

To encourage a neater tear, you can create a faint crease along the tear line using your ruler and a bone folder or scoring tool. This helps weaken the paper fibres along that line.  Water will weaken the paper more and allow a more ephemeral tear.

Hold the paper firmly with one hand. Place your thumb on one side of the intended tear line and your fingers on the other.  With a controlled yet firm motion, start tearing the paper by gently pulling your hands in opposite directions. If you're going for a straight line, take your time and adjust your hand positions as needed for a clean tear.

Get creative and experiment with different tearing techniques to achieve various textures:

Embrace the imperfect, and keep in mind that the allure of torn edges lies in their imperfections. Embrace the unevenness and variations that add character to your paper craft projects.


Lindas tips

  • Begin with practice pieces to get comfortable with different tearing styles.
  • Experiment with various types of handmade paper to understand how they tear.
  • Use your fingertips to guide the tear and adjust your pressure as needed.
  • Don't hesitate to start anew if you're not satisfied with a tear – practice makes perfect.