Thursday, October 18, 2012

Welcome to It's Hip to Be Square Day 2: Four Square


Welcome to Day 2 of It's Hip to Be Square! I can tell, from the wonderful feedback I've gotten, that you really enjoyed Katrina's banner yesterday. I'm glad it inspired you to think about making something similar for the upcoming holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This type of project would be fun with a birthday theme as well.

I have two guests today. First up is Krista Koenig. Krista has been teaching crafting classes for the past 10 years. She is a self-professed "tool geek" and especially loves diecuts. Krista is going to show us how to create a custom 12x12 background for a layout using four 6x6 papers. This technique could also be downscaled and used on a card. Other variations of this idea could include stacking two 6x6 papers horizontally or vertically across the page and building a layout from there. My husband (!) was even brainstorming ways you could cut the papers into triangles and/or strips and recreate quilt patterns. :) LOL!

When Krista uses this technique, she starts off by choosing four complementary papers from the same paper pad. She likes to use papers from one collection to make it easier to coordinate colors and patterns.


Once the papers are in place, Krista machine stitches them together using a zig zag stitch. This adds subtle definition between the papers and some texture too. A straight stitched border just inside the outer edge pulls it all together.


Once the stitching is done, it's time to build the page. Krista says she kept the photo large and the embellishments simple so they wouldn't be overwhelmed by the background. Let's take a look at the finished page...a bit of stamping, a title, and a tag tucked behind the photo and it's done. :)


Don't have a sewing machine? No worries. There are more ideas below that don't require one. :)

Please visit Krista's blog Red Car Productions to see more of her work and the beautiful things she does with Copic markers.

My second guest for today is Julie Tucker-Wolek. Julie has been "scrapping since my son was born 15 years ago, but really got into it as a major passion about six years ago when my daughter was born. I create everything! Cards, layouts and altered projects!" Check out the beautiful altered canvases Julie sells in her Etsy shop, Dandy Bo Bandy. Julie currently designs for Blue Moon Scrapbooking, Helmar and LESSology.

Let's take a look at what Julie made for this series...she assembled block-style backgrounds, similar to what Krista showed us, but used washi tape, instead of stitching. The tape not only covers the seams between the papers, but also creates pretty borders between them. Julie started with two 6x6 paper pads by Lily Bee and created three layouts, using just 12 sheets of 6x6 paper. That leaves plenty more paper to use on other projects.


This is what the background looks like before adding the washi.


This is what one of the backgrounds looks like once the washi tape is added. Julie went from this...


...to this finished page. The chipboard circles add interest between the blocks of paper and lead your eye down and across the page. Some misting and fun title work completes the look.

                            

Here's another version using the same technique. This page uses three pieces of striped paper and one solid.

                           

On the finished page you can see how the solid block is the perfect spot for some title work and the opposing block holds the photos which balances the page very nicely. The other two blocks are embellished simply with words relating to the photos.


Here's one last variation for you:


To finish off this page, Julie selected two additional pieces of 6x6 paper and punched multiple hearts which she layered and cascaded down the page and used around her photo too. Super pretty, don't you think?


So now we know we can create custom backgrounds for layouts (or cards) and either stitch the pieces together or use washi tape to add another design element to the page. Pretty doable, don't you think?

Julie, thanks so much for sharing your work today! To see more of Julie's work, please visit her blog, Life with the Tucker and Wolek Clan.
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29 comments:

  1. Thank you Lisa for having me!!! I had so much fun creating these with 6x6 papers!!! And thanks to Krista also for inspiring me to make mine!!! I loveeeeee your lo Krista! It's beautiful! :)

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  2. This is the perfect way to use the 6x6 pads. They make such a fun and colorful patchwork. Love them as the background. Another great entry in this series!!

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  3. Awesome pages! LOOVE Julie's tape technique. I definitely will be trying that one. :)

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  4. Amazing ideas! Great tips for when you love a paper pack but don't want to pay much.

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  5. great ideas. I don't stitch but I do play with washi and this is a great to use some! Fabulous!

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  6. Goodness! These are all fabulous pages and wonderful ideas! Love both - sewing and washi tape <3 Thanks for the inspiration, ladies! Lisa, you're rocking this series :)

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  7. Awesome 6x6 ideas!!!! A big shout out to my bloggie friend Julie!

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  8. can I just say D'uh! Seriously I always pass over the small pads because I always do 12x12 lay outs, I so want to get some now, thanks for all the ideas.

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  9. Wow! fun and great pages - sewing them together. who knew. lol. i agree with Sue - doh!

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  10. Well, well, well. A fun way to use up those 6x6 pads AND all that washi tape that seems to be multiplying around here. How fun!

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  11. Awesome variations! Great job to the designers!!!

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  12. LOVE the LO's today that something i will try with the stiching and the washi... great serie

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  13. Wow! I love all the layouts today--some great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

    JamieH

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  14. Wow what awesome ideas!!! Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations to Krista and Julie!!

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  15. Love, love, love these ideas-I have stacks of 6 x 6 pads that I need to stop hoarding! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. I am such a sucker for those mini pads of patterned papers so it is great to see ideas for using them up.

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  17. Thank you for doing this workshop. I am happy for any helps to use my growing stack of 6x6 pads.

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  18. Terrific layouts, this is a fun series.

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  19. Both great ideas! Thanks ladies for sharing them!

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  20. Thanks ladies for sharing these great ideas!

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  21. VERY cool 6x6 ideas! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I've been wondering how to better use my paper pads!

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  22. I LOVE those papers together. I scrap 8 1/2x11 but this is still very doable. I'll try this today.

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  23. Love that first layout with the 4 zigzagged 6x6 sheets and the straight stitch around the outer edge. This would be a great layout for my crafters group at the lake...Everyone except me is a quilter!

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  24. I looove this idea!! Great pages!

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