Saturday, July 24, 2010

You are my Sunshine

I think everyone should own some kind of distressing tool (is that too broad a statement?!) I have the Heidi Swapp edge distresser and I think it's brilliant. Sure you could just use scissors or a nail file but for less then $3 I don't think this will break your bank. And it fits in your hand so much easier and works like a charm.

I'm pretty sure I used it on nearly every single piece of this layout!!

And speaking of brilliant - this very realistic looking frame around my page is actually a piece of paper. It's called 'Grocery List' and it's from the Fancy Pants Roadshow Collection. I'm thinking of buying a couple more from Handmade by Suzanne (especially since the whole collection is currently on sale) because without doing a thing to it half my page was finished already!

Everything else on my page (apart from the Thickers) is from the Roadshow Collection too.

I've used quite a few of the rub-ons, two of the beautiful ribbons, and only one other piece of paper called Shabby Floral (the flowers are from one side, and the teal is from it's b-side) Isn't it pretty?

As you can see, I took to all of my edges of paper with the Edge Distresser and I think it adds a nice worn, shabby, vintage look which fits nicely with the frame and general theme of these papers don't you think? I would be interested to know if people own this or one of the other tools on the market (like the Tim Holtz one) and how they compare.


  1. So beautiful!!! That frame is gorgeous and I so love your design, very pretty! Sorry, can't give you any feedback on distressing tools ... I haven't tried anything else but my scissors yet.
    xxx Peggy

  2. Gorgeous page! Thanks for the inspiration. I love that FP paper and have just bought a sheet myself. I have a HS distresser and just love it! It is so easy to use...and I don't think I would trust myself distressing with scissors, I would more than likely end up injured :)

  3. this is stunning. just stunning. love what you did with the fancy pants frame paper.

  4. Rays oh rays! Love the way you've made your rays! I have the Stampin' Up! Distresser that came in their tool kit but in my opinion it was rather expensive to buy their whole kit since I only use that one tool! Hah! Live and learn. I really like your thickers treatment, it makes me want to go and buy some just to try this out.

  5. Beautiful LO. I don't have any distressing tools - perhaps I need to check them out! Especially as it sounds like an inexpensive tool.

  6. Two words: OMIGOSH thisisFABULOUS! My all-time favorite-Natalie layout! LOVE the distressing, love the design, love the DP.

    I've tried all of the distressing tools out there and honestly, the best tool is sharp scissors. Try it.

    Sending hugs!!

  7. Fabulous design - loving all the distressing. Must admit I love my HS Distress tool too. I've got two of them :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog during the Design Dollies blog hop :)

  8. Absolutely dee-lish! I have the tim holtz distresser- I don't think it was much more than what you paid for the HS one- it's just the one I found first! I do like it- works great!!!


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