Making My Own Patterned Paper
I am a huge fan of making my own patterned paper using my scrapbooking supplies. The quickest way to create a pattern is using stamps and ink, but I also like to layer strips of paper (either cardstock or patterned) to create a unique and colorful background. To make this striped paper, I…
1) Cut cardstock into 1/4″x12″ strips.
2) Ran an 8.5″x12″ piece of cardstock through the Xyron to create a large sticker.
3) Removed a little bit of the backing at a time to lay down my strips of paper in a random pattern.
4) Cut off the excess cardstock by turning the piece over and cutting along the edge of both sides of the base.
I now have a fun piece of striped paper that will give my next project a pop of color!
Now, I’ve been using this technique for years with my paper supplies, but it’s also a perfect technique for customizing your Studio J layouts! The technique is very similar in Studio J…you simply use text boxes to create your strips and then fill them with a solid color or patterned paper.
When creating small strips using text boxes in Studio J, you may see a warning symbol. A couple ways to minimize the warning symbols is to reduce the font size in the text box and hit the space bar so the text is replaced with a blank space. If you still see the warning symbol, never fear…it won’t print on your final layout.
On this example, I used small strips of blue paper to cover up a color that did not go well with my photos. I love that Studio J allows us to be as flexible with our layouts as our classic supplies do.
Below you will find a video tutorial that shows you how I created this layout in Studio J. It also gives a couple more examples of how I used strips of paper to mask or add colors using my classic supplies.