1. Start with a light or medium blue cardstock.
2. Mist the cardstock with a spray bottle filled with water very lightly and evenly on both sides.
3. Crumple paper into a very tight ball. The tighter the paper is crumpled, the more “waves” you will have. You may have to re-crumple the page several times to get the desired effect. Reopen paper, smooth it out with your hands, and lay it flat to dry.
When the paper has dried thoroughly, apply a dot of white stamp pad refill ink onto a cotton ball and brush lightly across paper – just enough to get the top edges of the wrinkles in the paper. The result should look like rippling water.
5. Once the ink has dried thoroughly, place the paper face down on an ironing board and place a cloth over it. Turn the iron to a very low setting (I used the silk / rayon setting) and iron the paper until it lays fairly flat. If you skip this step, you will have a hard time getting the glue or photo squares to hold your pictures to the crumpled paper.
6. Use an interesting lettering style or a word processor to make a “Fun in the Sun” title block for the page – be creative! (I used the “Word Art” function of Microsoft Word with a fun font) Add a contrasting border for an extra punch of color.
7. Add photos from your favorite summertime activity (a few ideas are swimming / running through the sprinkler / playing with bubbles / playing at the beach – the possibilities are endless!). I used brightly colored paper to border the pictures and make them stand out.
8. Don’t forget to leave plenty of room for journaling!
And be sure to put the date of the pictures in small print somewhere on the page.
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