Hi there! I’m Smitha Katti, and I am so excited to be talking about a scrapbooking technique on the CK blog today! I regularly share everything that is crafty in life at my blog Smiling Colors. If you are Club CK peep, you might have seen me around there too.
I have a fun scrapbooking tutorial to share today. As scrapbookers, we are all sure to have a paper stash. Many of us also have a bin filled with scrap pieces of paper, those tiny bits that are just too pretty to throw away but never make it onto a scrapbook page ever again. Today I’m pulling those out to create a few fresh, new accents to use on my pages.
First, I trimmed scraps of various papers and adhered them onto a plain white paper using archival-safe glue. These scrap paper strips can be as narrow or as wide as you want, and can be monochromatic or span a palette of colors. You can see that I chose a totally colorful option here below.
After I had adhered a whole row down, I trimmed it using a paper trimmer to form a long strip.
While this could be used as a border all by itself, here I chose to punch out evenly spaced circles and use it as a border to frame small embellishments. I chose a circle punch, but you could totally use any punch in any shape to amp up your border here.
I love the pop of color this border provides, and yet since I punched out a major portion of it, the colors are not too overwhelming.
Here’s a look at the layout I created using it. I placed the border beneath my photos and used it to frame some animal stickers.
A Day at the Zoo by Smitha Katti.
Now, those scrappy circles I punched out were perfect to use as embellishments to create another quick fun layout.
Ready Set Squirm by Smitha Katti.
Another thing I did on both these layouts was mix up colors for my title. This is a great way to use up those leftover alphabets (I always seem to run out of the vowels and S’s), so this way you have plenty of letters and can create a long title!
I hope you are inspired to use up those paper scraps and create something fun! Happy scrapping!
Now for a giveaway. The awesome people at Fiskars are giving three of their brand new Super-Sized XXXXL Lever punches to one lucky winner! Leave a comment on this post to enter this giveaway, and we’ll randomly choose a winner. (Please note, we are unable to ship prizes outside the US.)
If you are interested in seeing how I use these XXXXL punches on my layouts, stop by my blog and say hi!
P.S. Want to learn more great tips? Come to a FREE scrapbooking class offered by Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member Kim Watson in Club CK this Thursday, May 10, at 11:00 am (MDT). You’ll create a fancy-schmancy Mother’s Day card that will knock your mama’s socks off!
Congratulations to our winner! To claim your prize, watch for an email in your inbox.
Margie Van Evera: What a great idea! I have tons of scraps and this is a fun way to use them! Thanks, Smitha and CK