Friday, 12 August 2016

Masculine Layout Tutorial

Hello and good morning dear friends!

Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and how awesome it'd be if you could handcraft something special for your brother? ^__^

I'm Halak and today we're going to be doing just that!

I have a masculine layout tutorial for you folks packed with tips so let's get started.

These are the 4 sheets of paper that I used from The Gentleman Paper Pack by Papericious.

Tip : Once you select the papers, before you begin working on them, always have a rough layout in mind. Call it a blueprint of sorts, it's what helps you move ahead without getting overwhelmed and confused.

I always chalk out a rough idea no matter what project I am doing. Then, I click a picture of it and work step by step.

Here's how I wanted my layout to look :

Tip : We're working with masculine theme so I selected a stamp set that'd go well with it.
Here's a list of stuff that goes perfect with such layouts : Gears (Could be a stamp / stencil / die-cut shapes or even miniature metal charms), Grunge themed stamps, Geometric stencil designs, Colors like black, brown & grey etc.

What I love about these layouts is the fact that it lets your creativity run free. You don't have to be perfect. It's all about having fun.

Once I was satisfied with what my blueprint looked like, it was time to trim the sheets.

Measurements :

Outermost Sheet = 22 cm x Original Length

Middle Sheet = 18 cm x Original Length

Central Sheet = 16 cm x 30 cm

(Papericious papers are a little longer than 30 cm so when I mention original length / size, it means I did not trim down that portion.)

I cut these two pieces from the 4th sheet (extreme right in pic #2) because I wanted to layer them among the other sheets.

This is how I wanted to layer :

The basic look of the base achieved, I moved on to the next bit.

I wanted a rough look so I went with random stitched border stamps and abstract stencils.

Tip : If you don't have grunge themed stencils and stamps, think outside the box. Think of all the day to day objects that you can use like bubble wrap, a fine tooth comb, generic white and grey shirt buttons or string dipped in black paint!

After the background was done, I moved on to decorating the page.

The sentiment and those really cool glasses are from the Die-cut sheet which is provided with The Gentleman Paper Pack. (Yep, the awesome folks at the product designing end over at Papericious really do think of everything!)

I used a geometric pattern stencil with the classic gears stencil + assorted bunch of stamps to add detail.

Apart from that, I have also used three clock images which are from the Papericious Circular Collage Sheet line. (Product name : Vintage Time)

And there you have it folks, one layout which would make a really nice present!

Tip : I used the sentiment as the focal image but if you want to personalize it you can adhere your brother's picture and elements that he likes. Example : Miniature sports embellishments, pictures of places he likes to visit or even his favorite dessert!

Tip : Just because it's a masculine layout, it doesn't mean you need to lose the bling completely. Just make sure you don't go over the top.

In the above two images, you can see a few elements that I covered in black glitter.

Signing off with my favorite closeup.

The Kala Chashma! (Dark Glasses) ^__^
I covered up the fussy-cut image in glossy accents! The picture does not do it justice but I tried my best to capture that glossy look.

Thank you so much for taking time out to check my tutorial!

Have a lovely day! *Hugs*

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  1. Cool Masculine LO with an absolute gorgeous Kala Chashma! Love all beautiful layers Halak!

    1. Thank you so much dear Vinita! ^__^ <3 *Hugs*

  2. Love the masculine look and the Kala Cashma!!!

  3. This is fabulous Halak.
    Linda xxx

    1. Thank you so much dear Linda! ^__^ *Hugs* <3