‘Tis the Season for a Paper Stack with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Our newest paper stack, ‘Tis the Season, is the perfect collection of solids and patterns in a small stack to add to any project, and it coordinates perfectly with our November 2019 Kit and add-ons, as well as our Document December collection! Today design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin is with us to share some great ideas for how to use our 6 x 6 paper stacks on your projects that we know will inspire you to create with layers, color and pattern! Let’s see what she made!

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s time to bust out the Michael Buble music as “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” It’s Amanda here, and I am so excited to be preparing for the season of giving! I just love the holidays, and the new Elle’s Studio paper stack, ‘Tis the Season, is perfect for documenting all of our stories with! Whether you trim this paper into pocket size note cards, create greeting cards, include it in your Document December albums, or even craft some holiday decor, this paper pack is simply the best! I used the ‘Tis The Season papers for documenting my son’s visit to see the jolly elf himself! Here’s my layout:

Supplies | November 2019 Kit, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Label Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers — Red, Holiday Puffy StickersRed Puffy Alphabet Stickers, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Wood Veneer, Acrylic Trees, Let’s Eat Stamp

Ho! Ho! Ho! What could be merrier?! Such a cute photo! Let’s take a closer look at my sweet Santa scrapbook page!

So adorable! And just look at all those pretty papers! So many gorgeous designs! It’s well known that I like to maximize the 6 x 6 Paper Stack papers for 12 x 12 scrapbook pages, and for today’s post, I really wanted to share my top 5 ideas on how to do this! 

1. Use the bold pattern paper designs to matte your photographs | I always print my photos with a white border and tend to forget how important that pop of contrast is. A striking base for your photo will really direct your eye and draw attention to your most important part of the layout! That red beneath my photo is just stunning!

2. Create paper layers to mount your photograph onto | Layered papers create texture, give shape and add visual interest. They also give us the opportunity to mix and match colors and designs, adding greater elements to the overall page design. You’ll notice that I even add some white tissue wrap in between my paper layers to add further emphasis and interest to my pattern paper cluster!

3. Pull out your punches or favorite fussy cutting scissors, for some fun pattern paper shapes | Think rows of pattern paper circles stitched together, concentric paper hearts, or in today’s example, layered dovetail banners! It’s a simple, but effective way to incorporate 6 x 6 papers into our projects!

4. Be an illusionist | Create the impression of larger papers with careful cuts and clever paper placement! I did this two ways with the dovetail banners in my layout. First, for the striped, wide banner, I diagonally cut the 6 x 6 paper from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. I then re-arranged the two cut triangles so that the longest lengths were vertical, and on opposite sides from one another. Next I overlapped one of the triangles over the other and adhered it into place. You can’t see the taped join because it’s all hidden behind my photo cluster! Second, I cut my thinner banners through the centers so that they became two pieces which I then shortened or lengthened beneath my photograph. The trick is just to make sure they align correctly.

5. Build ’em up! | Connect your 6 x 6 papers together to build a longer or wider piece of paper! You’ll see that I joined two sheets of the typed “’tis the season” patterned paper to create a 6 x 12 sheet of paper. I also butted strips of papers together which I then tucked under the folded edge of the 6 x 12 paper. So clever! 

That’s just a few of my fave ways to incorporate these smaller papers into my creating. I hope it gives you some inspiration and ideas for our latest ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack.

How do you like to use your Elle’s Studio 6 x 6 Paper Stack papers? Be sure to share your tips and creations with us in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group

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