- Scraps of paper (I have blue, but choose anything you have in stock)
- Craft Knife and Ruler / Paper Cutter
- Large scrap paper for backing (any size you happen to have, I had A7)
- Optional – Varnish/Brush
How to make the Paper Collage
1. Cut out 1 inch squares with the scrap paper you have. I didn’t do an exact count, but you can probably see I have between 30-40 pieces.
2. Glue the squares in a diamond pattern onto the backing paper/card. The first layer covers the whole of the backing paper. I intermixed the different paper designs.
3. For the second layer I offset the diamonds. The top and bottom of the diamonds in the second layer were placed in the middle of the diamonds in the first layer, the offset was half a diamond. Hopefully it’s clear in my little diagram. What that allowed was for you to see the little squares of the paper underneath.
4. Leave to dry, then cover in varnish. This is an optional step, but I always use varnish to give it a professional look.
5. Cut sections of the paper out and use in your craft projects. You can do batches of these pieces of paper in one go to get rid of scraps, then use them when you need them.
This week I wanted to try and use up lots 0f scrap blue paper I had. So I put together an overlaying pattern with 1 inch squares. Here you can see a section on this birthday card.
I’ve just seen this amazing idea on create and creativity. Checkout the tic tac boxes and see how you can reuse them for your scraps of ribbon! Love this idea.
- Cream or White card stock (Letter or A4)
- Your stamp collection
- Optional scraps of paper/glue
How to make the zine
1. This is just one example of a zine. Take your card stock and fold it length wise and width wise. Then fold the bottom edge into the middle, and then the top edge into the middle. You need to create eight sections. If you look at the picture and think panel 1, 2, 3, 4 across the top, and panel 5, 6, 7, 8 across the bottom.
2. Cut in between panels 2/3 and 6/7. Now fold the zine in half so you see four panels all in a row. Push the two edges together as shown.
3. Apply pressure to each fold to make crisp edges.
If you google 8 page zine you get a lot of instructions on how to do this.
How to make the stamp zine
1. I prefered to stamp onto coloured paper, cut out the images and glue onto the zine.
2. You can do this all in one go, if you don’t have too many stamps, or as I suggested in my previous blog, keep on adding stamps when you use them, or maybe target a box at a time.
I was given an interesting challenge by a friend of mine. If you have lots and lots of rubber stamps how can you keep track of what you have, especially when it may be buried in the bottom of a box. So here’s my solution: A rubber stamp zine. Most of you are aware that a zine is a small magazine, only a couple of pages long. This one is 8 pages. The idea is that you make a zine and store it with your stamps. (For those of you with large collections you may want to have several themed stamp zines). When you use your stamp, either stamp it in the book, or stamp on some extra paper and glue the paper into the zine. I’ll post the instructions next.
- cream cardstock
- Your favourite rubber stamp
- Your favourite coloured ink.
- Template for a box
How to make the box
I use plastic templates from oriental trading company, however you can find a lot of free templates on the internet. You can even find instructions on how to make boxes too!
1. Draw around your template onto the card stock.
2. Cut out the card stock. Note: I tried two different ways here, I rubber stamped the paper before I cut it out, and then I cut the card out then rubber stamped. I found the last technique worked better.
3. Score the lines that need to be scored, and fold the box into it’s shape, then unfold and lay flat on your work surface with the outer surface facing up.
How to stamp the box.
1. Using your rubber stamp, stamp the first image in the centre of the bottom of the box.
2. Then moving right (if you are right handed or left if you are left), work your way to the tip of the triangle, or to the outer edge of the box. Place a scrap piece of paper underneath your box so that you can stamp the edges without getting ink on your work surface!
3. When you get to the edge, turn the box, so that you can again work from the middle to the edge. I found this a lot easier.
4. Glue the tabs of the box together. With the triangle box I left one triangle unglued so that I could place my present inside.
5. Optional – you can punch holes into the tops of the triangles and add a bow.
Simple cardstock is transformed into beautiful patterned paper made into different style boxes.