Sunday, May 9, 2010

Wacky Squares

I love to handstitch on my layouts but let me tell you, that can get very tedious and tiring at times! So I have vowed to use my sewing machine more often. Poor thing has been collecting dust in the corner. Today I am going to show you a fun and easy technique you can do to use up your scrap papers that you probably have lying around after you've completed several layouts. First up, gather your supplies.

Now what you will want to do is start out with a little square and then build around it to create a larger square. Don't worry if your papers are the same or not. Part of the fun is to mix and match your papers to create a one of a kind design. After you create your square, randomly cut some angles out of your paper to create a wacky looking square.

Here is the fun part, start adding paper around your wacky square until you have reached your desired size. Right now your wacky square is probably looking super wacky.

Use your ruler as a guide and cut out a square or rectangle from your wacky square which you created and viola! Super cool handmade patterned paper!

You can call it done and use it on a project as is or you can add a little bit of texture by machine stitching the pieces together.

And here is my end product on a layout. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. It may take a little bit of time to create your own wacky square paper but it is definately worth it! Trust me!

Supplies: Paper: American Crafts, Studio Calico, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabets: Cosmo Cricket,
Flowers: American Crafts, Mist: Maya Road, Paint: Making Memories, Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.

Make sure to spend some time crafting today. It is YOUR day after all. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Until next time!



Janneke said...

fun technique! Happy Mother's Day!

Quilter422 said...

great technique, and love the page!

lapetite said...

what a fun idea!

Melissa said...

Oh my Diana! I love this!

Mel said...

Wow this looks fantastic, no sewing machine here though but could probably do the faux stitching.

Dora said...

love this! I am all about sewing--definitely trying it.

Nikki said...

I love this layout & technique! So fun! I also wanted to stop by and say thanks for all my cards from all the ladies here at Scrapstreet... so sweet of all of you and I love all of them! (I wasn't sure where to go to leave a message for all of you.)

Pamela said...

Love this layout!!!! :) Great post!

Bamabel said...

How cool! TFS! Beautiful LO too!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.