10 ways with striped paper
Hi there, Laura here to talk stripes…
I’m sure you’ll all agree with me – when you get a new die you want to cut it straight away. My new die arrived on the same day as my StickerKitten package which included the Sweet Pastels range of papers. This pack includes sweetie patterned paper and a diagonal stripe patterned paper. I picked out a pink stripe to cut the 15x15cm rose die on. Trouble is I had done no thinking ahead and had no idea what I was going to do with the die cut, and I couldn’t waste it because it was cut on new paper!! This is my thinking process on what to do next, which honestly turned into a play session with stripy paper!
I pulled out all of the stripe paper from the pack – it comes in 5 pretty colours. I knew I needed to back the die cut with something so went through the options:
Exactly the same paper underneath:
The same paper underneath but shifted over by one stripe:
The same paper underneath but rotated:
A contrasting colour underneath:
A contrasting colour shifted over by one stripe:
A contrasting colour underneath but rotated:
I loved the different options especially the plaid effect you get from rotating the stripes.
This then set me thinking about other ways of using the five striped papers together.
I lined them up:
I offset the stripes:
I created chevrons:
I decided to make a thank you card in the end and chose the subtlety of the same stripe underneath the die cut.
I added a feature flower that I watercoloured and a stamped greeting from the Sweetie Jars stamp set also available now.
Now I know these stripe papers can be used in so many ways I can’t wait to get creating. First up has to be some chevrons on a scrapbook layout… it’ll be coming to StickerKitten’s Instagram feed soon so make sure you are following!
Scrapbooking With Laura
Hey, StickerKitten fans! It’s Laura here today and I’m going to chat a little bit about scrapbooking and using sketches to start your creativity off.
Scrapbooking is my thing. I see the papers and embellishments and feel the creativity. I often start off with a head full of ideas, full on mojo! But what about when you don’t know where to start? What about if you new to this scrapping lark? Maybe you are a card maker… perfectly comfortable with cards but unsure about scrapbooking. Well, can I suggest using a sketch to get you started?
All you need is:
a photo. It can have a story attached to it… that Christmas day when you got a bike; when your brother won the Easter bonnet parade; a wedding; the cute face that the little one made when they tried ice cream for the first time. Photos that you want the big story to be recorded. Or you can choose a photo with no particular story, no big deal but you just love it.
some supplies. I’m guessing as you are here you have some StickerKitten goodies amongst your stash? These will be perfect. You can also throw in ANY craft supplies you have… papers, stamps, ribbons, buttons, threads. Also keep an eye out for magazine pages, mailshots, packaging that can be repurposed, clothes tags, those ribbon hanging loops that come in your new pyjama trousers that no one ever uses!
a base to work on. You can get purpose made pre-bound scrapbooks or go loose leaf and keep your pages in page protectors and binders. You can scrap or memory keep in a notebook too, whatever takes your fancy. Size-wise 12×12 is the standard. A4 (or 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 12) is perhaps a more affordable option as you can easily find cheap binders in stationery stores. But really there are no rules.
some essentials. Glue, tape, pen, scissors, maybe a ruler if you want to be precise and a paper trimmer if very straight lines are your jam.
So you’ve got all that – now what? Well, Pinterest is your friend… but also your enemy! I can easily lose an hour browsing on Pinterest! It’s good to get some ideas but make sure you are not spending your precious creating time trawling through other people’s creations. A search for Scrapbook Sketches will throw up thousands of ‘maps’ that you can base your layout on.
Sketches will generally indicate where to put the photo, where to add some mixed media, where to put your ephemera and embellishments. You can follow them exactly or just use them as a jump start to get you going. You can faithfully replicate every star with a star or change it up and switch the stars on the sketch for flowers (or unicorns or dinosaurs!) Try rotating the sketch 90 degrees if your photo is landscape and the sketch illustrates a portrait photo.
If someone in the photo is looking sideways I tend to place the photo so they are looking towards the middle of the layout rather than staring off the layout – if this conflicts with the sketch flip it.
Don’t feel restricted by the sketch or layouts from other people. The idea is that they give you a starting point. For this layout, I rotated the sketch and switched out squares and hexagons for rectangles and eggs!
My style is quite clean and simple. If a sketch doesn’t have enough white space for me then I shrink it down so that the focal points are smaller thus leaving more of my beloved white space on show.
I think my best advice for a beginner is to just get started. I held back for ages as I was ‘scared’ I would do it wrong – you can’t do it wrong! Just play and go with the flow.