Two Quick Ways to Use Up Patterned Paper

Two Quick Ways to Use Up Patterned Paper

Before we move on to other things (Like this month’s Project Life update!) let’s talk about two simple ways to use up patterned paper.

You’ve seen the first one before: the gift card holder.

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This involves using a template, which you can get here. (I originally found it on Spoonful, but it has since been taken down. This is a copy of it from Family Fun magazine.) Print it out, and cut along the solid lines, then tape the two halves together, and place it on top of the reverse side of the patterned paper you’re going to use. Use a bone folder and ruler to trace the dotted lines onto your patterned paper, making sure to press firmly, but not so firmly you break the paper. (If you’ve ever pressed too firmly, you’ll know exactly what I mean.)

After you’ve got your folding lines traced, cut around the outside of the template. You’re now ready to fold. With the reverse side of the paper facing you, fold each half circle towards the center along the dotted line, crease well, and then open the flaps back up. Then fold the long line that runs across the width of the wallet and both flaps towards you,  crease it well and open it, and repeat for the square flap.

Now comes the tricky part. For the rest of the folds on the round flaps, you are going to reverse the direction of the crease for each fold. So the long fold was folded towards you, and then the next fold will fold the flap away from you, and then towards you, and then away from you, and then you’ll be at the center of the round flap, which was already folded towards you. Keep going to finish the circle, and repeat on the other side.

That’s the hardest part of the whole thing.

You can use a couple pieces of magnetic tape, a rubber band, washi tape, a ribbon, or even tape runner to close your gift card holder. You never have to buy a gift card holder again! (At least if you have as much paper lying around as I do.)

The second quick use for patterned paper? How about envelopes:

The easiest way to do this is with a scor board. I’ve got the Martha Stewart version, which even has a spacer to help get your paper in the right spot when scoring your folds. Just follow the directions included with the scor board for quick and easy envelopes all the time. I’ll link you up with that down below.

However, if you don’t have a scor board, or if the card or letter you’re covering is a bit larger or odder shaped than average, you can try this method.

Start by lightly drawing two lines from corner to corner on the back of a thin piece of patterned paper. The older and uglier the better.

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Then place your card, or whatever else you’re mailing on the center of that X. This way, you’ll be able to have even flaps all the way around. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be perfectly aligned in the center, you’re just using the lines as a visual guide.

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Fold in the sides so the points meet, or at least point directly at each other.

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Bring up the bottom. At this point, you’d add glue or tape along the bottom edge of the side flaps to hold the bottom flap in place, but since this is only for demonstration purposes, you’ll have to make do with my fingers.

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Finally, fold down the top flap. If there’s lots of overlap, you can fold under or cut the tip of the top flap so it doesn’t extend past the edge of your envelope.

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See? Quick, easy, and done. To make your postal carrier’s life easier if you’re sending your card or whatnot through the mail, use a plain white label for the addresses.

So, do you have any quick and easy ways to use up patterned paper? Share it in the comments!

Also, Martha Stewart’s scor board: (affiliate link)

Basing It On The Paper

Basing It On The Paper

Some days, when you’re wandering through the scrapbook aisles in your local Joann’s, you find something you have to have, even though you don’t know exactly how you’re going to use it. For me, that’s usually paper.

This paper was one of the things that reached out and jumped into my basket. I was powerless against it. As a family with a huge stash of Lego blocks, how could I not bring it home?
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When you start your page based on the paper, building up from it is fairly easy. You can choose photos and story based on the colors and theme of your paper, as well as the embellishments.

What made me really happy about this page? Finally using up some of these Boy Oh Boy die cuts, that I got a long time ago while visiting my brother in California. I had bought them to go with a certain paper I knew I had back home, but when I got home, the two blues clashed so much I couldn’t use them together. Ah, the trials and tribulations of a scrapbooker.

One other thing of note before we move on for the day.

Be creative with your letter stickers. This title consists of one L, two Vs, an 8, a T and D, an X, an O, 2 Fs, 2 Ws, and an I. Some days you just have to make what you have work. Today was one of those days.

Do you have any paper that just jumped into your stash without you noticing? What are you going to make with it?

Quotable Vellum

Quotable Vellum

When I first started scrapbooking, you know what was hot? You know what everyone needed to have on their pages? Quotes printed on vellum. You know how often I actually used those vellum quotes? No more than a handful of times.

Well, now that total’s up to six.

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After thumbing through one of the many vellum quote books I own to familiarize myself with the types of quotes inside, I perused a stack of recent photos I’ve printed to find one that would work with a quote.

The one I decided on is a tiny bit blurry, and weirdly cropped, but it works with the idea of “What is this kid thinking?”

All the other items on the page came from one of the kits I put together last spring. I have got to get cracking on those kits and use them up!

So what do you think? Does the quote add to the theme and story of the page? Do you have any vellum quote books in your stash? What are you going to do with them?

If you don’t have any, do you want some? Pick a theme, and I’ll send you a few, just leave a comment below!

 

 

Ribbon Crazy

Ribbon Crazy

That last page barely made a dent in my sticker pile. How about using up a few more, and maybe some ribbon too?

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While looking for photos to use with the themed stickers, I came across this gorgeous one in the pile. It was too beautiful to resist.

Using spring themed stickers didn’t require any thought, but deciding to add ribbon to the page made for some interesting problems, especially once the tulle was added to the mix.

To create this page, after spritzing a few colors of mist and letting them dry, I ran a line of adhesive down one side of the page, and carefully (or not!) scrunched up the tulle onto the adhesive to create a ruffle. Then the two grosgrain ribbons were given a layer of adhesive, and attached on top of the tulle. Then, because one yard of fiber on a page isn’t enough, I added a few loops of orange fiber, and taped the ends down on the back. Because I’m a freak, I then added a few staples from my tiny attacher to each end in the hope that at least one attachment option will last.

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Then it was time to add the stickers, which were slid under the tulle, and the photo was adhered on top of the tulle. A tiny bit of journaling, and a title, and the page was done. Except it needed a visual triangle. Well maybe need is too strong a word. It felt like it needed a tiny bit of something, so I dug out some resin flowers.

Since they were a deep, Christmas red, I gave them a quick coat of acrylic paint, to help them fit the page better.

The cool thing about the tulle? It looks like it takes up a lot of space, but once in a page protector, it will hardly add any bulk at all. Love that!

So how about you? What’s your favorite fiber to add to a scrapbook page? How do you like to use it?

Themed Stickers

Themed Stickers

Three stickers down, seventy zillion more to go!

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The robot themed stickers from Cosmo Cricket were the starting point for this page, and led to me choosing these photos for the story they could relate. The paper colors and patterns are based on colors found in the sticker set, and the gears were the perfect finishing touch.

Now tell me, does this page look dated or does it look timeless? Do the stickers from 2008 make you cringe, or do they help tell the story? That’s what you should be thinking about when making a page, no matter when the supplies were manufactured or bought.

You know how you’ve got ancient stash? Don’t you think it’s time some of it got used?

Don’t worry about whether or not it’s going to look stylish years from now. I guarantee it won’t, but if you’ve got photos you love, and words that capture your story, how stylish it is won’t matter.

No more hoarding! No more excuses!

Go make pages!