Scrapbook Sunday: Alter Your Alpha Stickers

AlterYourAlphaBack-to-school season has been reminding me of how quickly my kids are growing, and that I need to not only be taking more photos of them, but to be making more scrapbook pages! I've been scrapbooking a lot more than art journaling this year, and I've really enjoyed getting our memories compiled for the kids to flip through and enjoy over and over again.

I recently noticed my scrapbook alpha sticker stash was almost exclusively black or white, but I wanted something a little different for these pages. So I came up with three ways to make them more fun. These specific stickers are from the scrapbook section at Target and are matte so they took pen and watercolor really well. The two pen techniques would likely work on a variety of matte stickers from different brands, but I can only attest to the watercolor for this particular brand.

CrissCrossALPHAFor the first page, I used my Medium Messy Pen for a thicker line and just drew a crisscross pattern across each letter in my word before adhering it to the paper. You could easily do a diagonal stripe as well. 

PolkaDotAlphaI used the same pen for my next work and just free-handed a polka dot pattern. It helps to do the patterns before you remove them from the sticker sheet so you can get a clean look on the edges. 

WaterColorAlphaFinally, I experimented with a watercolor set (also from Target) and loved the results. Since I was using a large black and white photo, I opted for rainbow colors to help them stand out. I was worried about the stickers warping, but I used a minimum amount of water and they didn't wrinkle or tear at all. These are some tough stickers! 

AlphaExamplesI also used some paper polka dot confetti and plastic hearts from previous Messy Box subscriptions as embellishments on these pages. 

Altered Alpha ImagesI love finding new ways to customize product! It makes it feel like I'm getting a little more bang for my buck when I can make one little change and get a completely different look. How else would you alter your alpha to get a whole new look? –Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.