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Using Up OLD Patterned Paper – Creativity Prompt

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I am not sure about you but I have got a TON of patterned papers. When I say a ton I mean a few shelves full of it plus an overflowing scrap basket.

Only a small part of my paper stash has been purchased recently [and I am waiting for one more order with a couple 6 by 6 packs to arrive on Monday].

Most of my papers have been accumulated over time ever since I started scrapbooking a while back. That means I have some pretty old paper.

Why do I have so much paper? Well…

First, I love papers. I am drawn to their patterns, colors or the overhaul happiness they confer.

Second, I am afraid to use pretty paper. Yes, I admit. I’m silly like that. What good will the paper bring if I don’t use it, I don’t know. But I’m still afraid to take a beautiful piece of paper and cut it or stick stuff on it. To make things worse, a few years back I used to buy every pattern at least twice (occasionally in several colors). Beware, don’t think it made me use it more often. I just have double-trouble right now…

Lastly, when I was working as a lawyer back home I used to compensate the lack of free time with excessive supply shopping. Every time I had a few minutes to spare on my lunch time I would go online and look for cute scrapbooking supply – and between us crafters, what scrapbook supply isn’t cute and inviting?

To make a long story short, I have A LOT of papers. Most are old. Many are “out of fashion” [some have made a come back, though].

So what do I do now?

Simple.

Steering clear of my new stuff and start pulling the old stuff. Here’s what I made this weekend:

What is on your mind layout

What’s On your mind Layout

Patterned paper: Chatterbox
Letter stickers: Doodlebug Designs
Rub ons: American Crafts Remarks
Marker: American Crafts
Flowers: handmade
Button: Autumn Leaves
Tools: Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz; Doily Lace punch by Martha Stewart.

Boys will be boys layout

Boys Will Be Boys Layout

Patterned paper: Background – Pebbles Inc.; Cut flowers – Autumn Leaves.
Letter stickers: Doodlebug Designs
Paper Frills: Doodlebug Designs
Marker: American Crafts
Gems: Zva
Tools: Precision scissors

Sometimes sad but mostly happy layout

Sometimes Sad But Mostly Happy Layout

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Chatterbox
Letter stickers: American Crafts Remarks “JFK”
Marker: Uniball white gel pen
Button: Autumn Leaves
Tools: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers; Heart punch by Martha Stewart.

Very happy layout

Very Happy Layout

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Chatterbox
Letter stickers: American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin
Marker: American Crafts, Uniball white gel pen
Chipboard button: Love Elsie by KI Memories
Stickers: KI Memories
Rub ons: DCWV
Tools: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers, Precision scissors.

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Creativity Prompt – Reuse A Bottle Lid To Create Your Own Patterned Paper

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Reuse A Bottle Lid To Create Your Own Patterned Paper

Every time I manage to find a new use to something that would otherwise find itself in the recycling bin, I am happy, even skittish… (I will deny if you tell).

In this week’s creativity prompt I am reusing bottle lids to create artistic patterned papers.

The polka-dot-circular-spotty look is extremely popular right now and almost ALL the patterned paper manufacturers have a few in their latest collections. Before you reach your hand to the wallet and buy some new papers why not stopping at the recycling bin and make your own ones?

If you are interested in some ideas, then keep on reading.

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How To

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Step By Step Instructions

  1. Dip the lid in a pool of acrylic paint and stamp over the cardstock. To get a good impression of the lid make sure its entire surface is covered with paint. You may also use a brush to apply the paint more evenly to the lid. Apply some pressure on the lid, but beware of the paint’s slipperiness. I was going for the artistic look so I didn’t mind the imperfect stamping.
  2. You may use the opposite side of the lid to create a circular outline. Use it as a frame, or as an outline to the solid circle you stamped with the other side of the lid.
  3. Experiment –

    • Create different patterns.
    • Use different sizes of lids.
    • Use other mediums (instead of acrylic paint):

      • Ink pads.
      • Embossing ink + embossing powder.
      • Glue + glitter/ flock/ foil.
    • Use different objects to stamp with:

      • Toilette paper rolls.
      • Paper swirls.
      • Cardstock/ corrugated cardstock.
      • Old credit or gift cards.
      • Vegetables (if they went bad…)


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Creativity Prompt – How To Scrapbook With Busy Patterned Papers

Friday, April 24th, 2009

My patterned paper stash

I am very susceptible to visual stimuli. That means that the recent wave of insanely cute patterned papers has driven me mad. I had to have it all (or at least everything that wasn’t already sold out). The problem starts when I get those papers and feel stumped. All of these busy patterns, as adorable as they are, are making it hard to use the patterned papers on my layouts.

Saying that, there are a couple tricks under my sleeve. Just a few pointers that can help you make use of these patterned papers rather than just hoarding them. If you are interested then keep on reading.

The Patterned Paper I used on my layouts

[Click on the photos if you want to purchase these papers at Two Peas In A Bucket]

Wall Of Fame 12X12 Anthem Paper By Sassafras Lass

Dream Big 12X12 Anthem Paper By Sassafras Lass

Pal Parade 12X12 Bungle Jungle Paper By Sassafras Lass

Fun Filled Forest Hog Heaven 12x12 paper By Sassafras Lass
Say Timber Woodland Whimsy 12x12 paper By Sassafras Lass
In Love Fawnd of You 12x12 paper By Sassafras Lass
Blossomed 12X12 Vintage Yummy Paper By Sassafras Lass
Over the Rainbow Happy Place 12x12 paper By Sassafras Lass
Piccadilly 12x12 Pocket Full of Rosies Paper By Sassafras Lass
Sunday Girl Friday Paper By Cosmo Cricket
Thursday Girl Friday Paper By Cosmo Cricket
Wednesday Girl Friday Paper By Cosmo Cricket
Cozy Home Weathervane patterned paper By October Afternoon
Gingerbread Good Cheer patterned paper By October Afternoon

TIP 1 – Use strips of the patterned paper

using a strip of patterned paper Rather than using the paper in its entirety and being overwhelmed with the busy pattern, just cut a 2″ by 12″ strip and use with a solid cardstock, accentuating the colors in this strip.

Many manufacturers offer patterned papers that already have strips of different patterns on them. That gives you a great bang for your hard earned buck.

Tip 2 – Punch or die-cut your patterned papers

Punching out the patterned paperThis technique also helps by scaling down the busy pattern. Using just a punched portion of the paper adds color and cheerfulness but doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

Tip 3 – Use portions of the patterned paper in a grid

Use portions of the patterned paper in a gridThis technique is quite similar to the latter, designed to scale down the business of the pattern by using a small portion of it.

However, this technique also adds another advatage which is the grid itself. The grid (whether it’s a grid of squares, circles, ovals, rectangles, etc.) helps to “organize” the layout and give a home to all the elements, as well as maintaining an even proximity between the different elements. These traits make the layout look cleaner, thus more forgiving to busy patterns.

In this layout I also used the special edges that come with the Sassafras Lass’s papers as a border to my grid.

Tip 4 – Cutting out elements from the paper’s pattern

Cutting out elements from the paper's pattern Working with the busy pattern may be difficult, but you can think of the patterned paper of a sheet of die-cuts (only you have to cut the elements yourself…).

Cut out the elements, without confining yourself to a certain shape or size (like you do when using punches or die cut machines). The possibilities are truly limitless.

Pair those die-cut shapes with a solid cardstock and a natural color palette and you’ve got yourself a personalized pattern, seen only on your layout.

Tip 5 – Restrict the color in your photos and other elements

When you want to convey a whimsical message with your layout, you might want to use the entire patterned paper. However you would like to tone down the color of the rest of the elements on your layout.

Use solid colors for your title and photo mats, either neutral or taken from the same color palette of the patterned paper.

You can also apply a light wash of acrylic paint on top of the patterned paper to tone it down a bit.

Don’t add too many embellishments. If you want to add more interest just cut down some of the elements and pop them up with foam dots.

Choose photos that has only one dominant color or change them to black and white or to a sepia tone. Below you can find an example of all three photo options (Altered in Adobe Photoshop Elements).

Restrict the color in your photos -color Restrict the color in your photos - black and whiteRestrict the color in your photos - sepia

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I hope this post has been helpful to you. I hope you will give those cute patterned papers a second chance.

If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

If you have more pointers on using busy patterns, I would love to hear them. Just leave a comment on this post.

I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share :)