More on Acrylic Shapes for Your Scrapbook Pages and Memory Makers Blog Hop: It’s a Guy Thing!

by Lain Ehmann on June 14, 2011

Welcome to the latest installment in the Memory Makers Blog Hop! This month, we’re scrapping “It’s a Guy Thing.” Scroll down for a layout I did (the first I’ve done, actually) about a very important man in my life, my father-in-law Norm, who passed away two years ago. He was quite a character, and it’s fun to start pulling out some of my memories about him.

But before I share my “guy thing” layout, I wanted to revisit the topic of acrylic shapes. I had a lot of feedback and questions about the post I did on using acrylic shapes on your scrapbooking layouts. I promised to test out making my own acrylic shapes, and I’m back for the update!

A few people asked about the possibility of making your own acrylic shapes. I tried two approaches. One was to trace my own shapes onto acrylic from product packaging and then cut them out.

First I took some plain plastic from a package of brads. I cut it open using my Tim Holtz scissors, then picked one of my favorite chipboard shapes:

I traced it on the acrylic using a Sharpie, then trimmed it:


The only challenge with this approach is that I ended up with some black edging around the heart. I could avoid this in the future by using a non-permanent pen. Still, pretty cute! I did a few more hearts and an arrow that I used on this layout:

Here’s a close-up of the arrow:

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know I just purchased a Big Shot. Yahoo! And one of the things I picked up at the same time was Tim Holtz’s Ornamental Sizzix die. Of course, the first thing I cut was a piece of acrylic from the package the die came in! It turned out great. Here it is on a layout:

And a close-up:

To be honest, this was MUCH easier than hand-cutting — and no residue around the edges. I will definitely be trying this again (and I will definitely be purchasing some heart and arrow dies!).

Another thing I wanted to try was stamping on the acrylic shapes. I used a large Heidi Swapp heart, and a text stamp that I inked up with Staz-On (it has to be a solvent-based ink pad or it will smear on the acrylic):

It’s a little hard to see it, but it looks pretty cool. 🙂 Can you tell I’ve been having fun with that Ornamental die??

Pop on over to Francine’s blog to continue the Memory Makers Blog Hop. Thanks for swinging by!

P.S. If you try some cool effects with your acrylic shapes, SHOW ME! 🙂

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