I get asked quite a lot what I do with all my scraps of patterned paper. There's 101 different ways to use your scraps on new projects (we'll just touch on one of them today though!) and this one seems to be trending on a couple of my fave blogs and websites - paper weaving.
If you have a multitude of scraps or those strips from the bottom of your 12x12's that you hate to waste, this a great way to use any width links to make an interesting layout backdrop.
Step 1 - start your engines, gather your supplies. I've still got a few of the gorgeous papers from this month's Shoreline kit and the mini add on. You'll also see on the right I have an Amy Tangerine embroidery set - I've been wanting to play with this for a while, so today I'll break it out.
Step 2 - get a peice of A4 cardstock, or in this instance I've used a pre-loved peice of A4 cardstock, to use as my mat. Cut some strips or patterned paper (any width will do, but try and make them all 12" in length).
Step 3 - run a length of adhesive down one edge only - this is where you will start to adhere your first strips.
Step 4 - start putting your strips down on your backing... you'll add more adhesive later, but while you're weaving you just need the top line of adhesive. The lining up of the edges does not have to be perfect.
Step 5 - start weaving through your strips that you have stuck down, diagnal to where the adhesive strip was made - over, under, over, under each strip of paper. Once you've weaved through all the strips, slide the paper over to where the adhesive is. The next few photo's should explain this step.
Step 6 - I learnt this the hard way - adhere as you go on your backing cardstock as you finish weaving a few strips.
Step 7 - when you've finished your threading you can trim down the over hang if you wish. Keep putting the paper down on your base to make sure your edges look straight.
Step 8 - adhere your weaved paper to your cardstock base - I used 2" red tape to make sure the base will never budge.
Step 9 - adhere your base into place.
Step 10 - I wanted to mute the colours just a little do I spritz the backing with Mr Huey's mist in Calico.
Step 11 - Add a cool combination of papers to your photo - this is always my fave part of scrapbooking! Another great way to use scraps too. I like to have patterns overlapping here and there.
Step 12 - I told you I was going to use the Amy Tangerine embroidery kit, didn't I? If you haven't sewn a thing in your life this might be a challenge for you (or an opportunity for another step by step - please leave a comment if so!), but having been cross-stitching since I was a child this was awesome. I haven't sewn in a long time! Pierce your selected pattern, decide what thread to use and get sewing!
Step 13 - time to stick your photo panel into place, and embellish. Add little bits and pieces around your photo that mean something to you, the event, or just fun little sentiments that relate to your subject...
And here's the finished layout - in interesting combo of colours, but I think it's perfect for a boy-ish layout and I used up a lot of bits of paper that were otherwise destined to gather dust.
Hope you feel inspired to give paper weaving a go - be sure to share your creations in the Polly! gallery if you do.
Have a great week