- Create a border: Cut a strip approximately 1.5 to 2 inches wide out of cardstock or patterned paper. Layer a smaller piece of coordinating paper on top to add visual interest.
- Create a photo matte: Cut a piece of cardstock patterned paper that coordinates with your photo 1/2 inch larger than the dimensions of the photo itself. (ie: For a 4 x 6 photo cut a 4.5 x 6.5 matte. This will provide a 1/4 inch matte around all four sides.)
- Make a journaling box instead of writing directly on your page. You can draw lines on the box as writing guidelines, or place a piece of paper you have printed from your computer. Try a circle, oval, star or heart shape instead of a rectangle to add variety.
- Use a punch tool to punch out shapes — square, circle, flower, start, heart and 100’s more - from coordinating papers. Use them as-is for decorative page elements.
- Layer two or more punches on top of each other to create a custom element (ie: layer a small flower over a large one).
- Combine punched shapes to create cute icons or pictures, ie:bugs, animals, floral bunches.
- Line up basic punched shapes (square, circle) and add letter stickers to each shape to create a unique title.
- Use stencils to trace and cut out letters for your pages, or use a die-cut machine if you have access to one.
- Print your letters onto cardstock using your computer/printer. Cut out. Think of the fonts and sizes you';ll have access to!
- Draw your letters freehand onto solid or patterned paper and cut them out.
- Rip or tear the edges of cardstock or patterned paper to create texture and movement on your page.
- Try sanding cardstock for a distressed finish or aged-looking texture. This is especially effective with cardstock that has a different color “core”, as the sanding will reveal a different color.
- Make a tag: Cut out a rectangle. Trim the corners off on an angle (or use a corner rounder). Punch a hole in the top edge and thread a ribbon or string through it. Use for embellishments, photos or journaling.
- Run cardstock through computer to print journaling or clip art embellishments. Trim and add to your page.
- Cut a full piece of cardstock in half or into 2/3 – 1/3. Place one piece on each side of a two page layout to provide a simple background with repetition and continuity.
- Layer cut or ripped strips of cardstock to create a unique background.
- Use a full size sheet of patterned paper as a background page.
- Cut two or three coordinating patterned papers into shapes that will cover the entire page.
- Cut a skinny strip of patterned paper to cover the joint of two other papers– think of it as a paper ribbon.
- Cut out individual embellishments from a scrap of patterned paper (ie: a flower or shape) and use them repeatedly throughout your page.
- If your patterned paper has words on it, cut out individual words to use as titles, captions or accents.
- Make a patchwork background out of same-sized squares of coordinating patterend paper.
- Ink or paint edges of pages or mattes to create an aged look.
- Crumple a piece of paper, then flatten it out and adhere to page.This look can be enhanced even more by lightly sanding over the surface.
- Roll edges of torn paper over a bamboo dowel to get curled, aged look.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
25 Paper Techniques to Try
Cardstock and patterned paper are go-to supplies for scrapbooking. I love creating layouts just using paper. It's definitely not boring...and there are lots of creative options. Try these ideas: