Look closely at the stunning scrapbook page Cindy Tobey created for the cover of the July/August 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Do you notice anything interesting about the polka-dot wave on her layout?
That’s right, she cut it from tissue paper! This fun texture is a trend popping up all over the world of scrapbooking, and it’s easy to see why. It brings a unique texture to scrapbook pages, it’s super affordable, and it’s versatile. In fact, last month the CK team noticed several layouts at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show that were also created with this playful medium, which is a good indicator that more tissue-paper projects are sure to greet the scrapbooking world in the months to come. Let’s get a jump on this trend and explore a few tissue-paper creations you can try on your layouts.
I created clouds from tissue paper for our March/April 2010 issue by first punching the tissue paper with an oval-scallop punch several times (one for each cloud). I then gathered each punched piece in the center and stitched it to create a puffy look. Since tissue paper is thin, you can fold it and punch several shapes at a time.
Note: When punching thinner material such as tissue paper, you’ll want to make sure your punch is nice and sharp to ensure a clean cut.
To create this scrapbooking accent, Steph cut, crumpled, and layered several circles from tissue paper and adhered them together with a button. With the flower shape in place, she then used spray ink to color her bloom this delicious shade of pink. For a cleaner option that’s also a time-saver, consider making your flowers from predesigned tissue-paper patterns.
With tissue paper being the talk of the creative town, we’re excited to see what else scrapbookers do with it. Do you have any ideas in mind of how you want to use it? If so, we hope you’ll take a minute to share them by leaving and comment below and inspiring us with your creativity. Let the tissue times begin!
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor