Stretching Paper and Hiding Seams

Thursday, July 10, 2014

hideous or adorable LO

My job as an extravaganza teacher at convention is to explore new ways to use a product, especially when a product is often seen in just one way.

The My Crush books are fun and fast scrapbooking at its best. Stick it, write it, bling it, crush it, done. These chunky 7” x 10” albums are awesome.

But what about 12 x 12 scrappers with traditional albums? Why not remove the paper and use it just like any patterned paper?

I can hear you now. “But it’s not 12” long, I need big sheets.” My answer to you is to remember that you will cut up most of your sheets of paper on a scrapbook page, and you really only need the base page to be 12” x 12”. You get 30 double sided heavy cardstock pages in a My Crush book, that’s 60 printed choices for you to work with.

And if you need the paper to be just a bit larger, here’s a little design tip:

You can “stretch” the paper by cutting it apart and hiding the split behind one of your page elements. You can also merge two pieces of matching paper together and hide the seam behind an embellishment.

You’d never guess that the strips on right side of the layout above are not 11” long, or that the large blue square behind the photos is not one but two sheets of patterned paper. A little magic of concealment is all it takes to fool the viewer into seeing what you want them to see!

Take a look at the page without the concealing elements.

hideous or adorable SB LO

Pretty clever, eh? Use this technique when you have small pieces of leftover cardstock or when you’re working with My Crush book pages on a standard 12” x 12” layout. They’ll never know!


Casandra Bennett said...

I have done stuff like that especially when I cut something by mistake and don't have another sheet of the same pattern. Great blog post! Thanks for sharing.

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Haley D. said...

Adorable! Thanks for the fabulous tips.

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