My Hero and Cool Tip Wednesday

From the time I can remember seeing his face until the last time I saw him, my dad has always been my hero.  Father's Day is a day of celebration for me of the greatest father.  Although I miss my dad more as each Father's Day passes, I celebrate his life as my dad and my hero.

This layout was created for the Graphic 45's June challenge on Facebook.  Anytime you talk about doing a guy style layout my dad first comes to mind.  He was a very handsome man and a shutterbug to boot.  Not only did he serve this country (USA) bravely, but he was the "coolest" dad on the "block."  I remember once at a basketball game ... I was sitting in the bleachers.  Dad walked through the gym door and one the students behind me said, "Now he's good looking!"  I laughed so hard.  Dad did too years later when I told him.

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 Transatlantique paper collection
Blue Fern Studio gears and arrow

Tattered Angels front from Glimmer Glass Album Travel Ledger

Wendy Vecchi Art Parts stars

Tim Holtz letters (old, the letters not Tim!)

Fiskars Hole Punch
Making Memory tiny alpha
Tim Holtz distress tool

Cool Tip
 Maybe I'm just slow, but I finally figured out how not to hand cut those half round pieces of a "postage stamp."  I see these printed on wonderful paper but I want to cut them out for embellishments.  It is hard to cut those little "swoops" out perfectly.  I decided to solve the problem.  I closely cut around the postage stamp image, use my handy dandy Fiskars small hole punch, line it up, and punch!  It was fun and so, so, so easy.

Do you have a cool tip to share?  Share it here or on D's Paper Studio Facebook.  I can't wait to read about your cool tip.

Have a Crafty Day!


  1. Stunning layout!! I use a hole punch to make ticket corners

  2. Gorgeous layout. Love all the elements. (Fellow blogger)

    1. Can you post a link to your blog?

  3. That mix of Graphic 45 works so well with your B&W photo. This layout is so awesome.

  4. Such a lovely tribute to your dad.

    The stamp punching idea is great - will have to try that out myself.

    My tip from last week on my blog is to use foam adhesive, one on either side of your border punch, so that you can narrow the amount of paper you punch off to reduce waste or keep punch border stripes wide but still straight. ;)

    1. Cindy, great tip. I can't find your blog. Can you post the link.

  5. Wow, some great tips. I'll give it a try and feature on D's Paper Studio in July. I'm heading out on vacation, but I will be checking out the blogs over the next couple of days. Thanks for commenting and checking out the blog.

  6. Anonymous5:20 PM

    Awesome layout, love the old photo of your Dad :)

  7. Brilliant idea on the stamp punching - seriously had never thought of that! Love the whole masculine feel of your layout.

  8. Wonderful page! Terrific layers1

  9. Great page-I shared onFB and you have some comments on my wall:):)


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