Paper is great. It’s inexpensive and you can do so much with it! Most paper manufacturers give you two sides to a sheet and they usually match so that you can enhance your layout without much effort. There are so many ways of using paper and I am a fond believer that every inch of that paper can be used. Of course, I keep all of my leftovers! So here are 5 simple ways to enhance your layouts with paper...
1. The quickest way to make paper ornaments is by using the ones that are already printed. Some paper collections offer matching printed items that can be cut out with scissors. A little inking, with Chalk-ink, around the edges gives depth and that’s it! You have ornaments that perfectly match your background.
Again, ink it to give it depth:
And cut it in half, hide one end under another paper and use your tiny pieces in your sketch, it gives it a little punch and helps make every layout unique, how many different ways can you place a 1 inch square piece on your layout?? I know I say this a lot, but... The sky’s the limit, that’s what I LOVE about scrapbooking!!
3. Now if you have a piece that is an inch and a half wide x 3 inches long (This can be resized to fit your need!!), like this one:
At the back of your piece, mark every half inch with a pen on both top and bottom:
Then trace triangles as shown here:
4. If you don’t have the right colour paper to place on your layout, use a white piece. You can choose one that has a shiny feature on it to make it even more fun, I chose this polka-dotted one for this example:
You then spray it once or twice with a mister, here I used a «Cherry Ice» Smooch Spritz:
Paper can really add a little «funk» to your layouts!
5. Now, if you have a SQUARE piece of scrap, here is something very simple to make, the pinwheel:
Trace lines on the back of your piece as shown on the picture, don’t go all the way to the center, you will need that center to hold your ornament. Cut on the lines with scissors:
Of course, ink for the finishing touch, and ink on both sides and that’s right! Ink in between, it will look better in the end:
Now, without actually folding, just bend four ends towards the middle (skip one in between each). Glue the ends in the center like this (note that you can use any glue, I personally use Glossy Accents for almost everything, we all have our favourites... :)
Add a button, or a brad, or Stickles, a jewel, or anything you want to create a center:
And there is your finished little ornament:
Thanks for checking things out! If you choose to use any of these fantastic techniques, please link up your projects. We would love to come check them out!