Monday, August 1, 2016

One Sheet Wonder

Hello stampers!

Brandie is back and fresh from her first ever trip out of Canada. My husband, Chris, and I had our very belated honeymoon (12.5 years in the making) to the Mayan Rivera to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. Absolutely fabulous! One full week without our kids, without having to cook or clean and wonderfully warm weather. We checked out ruins and Chris tried snorkeling (I was too chicken!).
But it was also a week away from my crafty heaven so I am in a little bit of withdrawal. Being back at my desk all refreshed has inspired and motivated me in so many ways!

So our annual catalogue has been out for 2 months now and our Holiday Catalogue is on it's way in about a month's time. To prep for that I am hosting a book party, and thinking of hosting a One Sheet Wonder workshop.
I do love patterned paper and have been known to hoard and resist using it. I also love to smell a freshly opened package of patterned paper *U* But I also absolutely love creating my own patterned paper. I have been pinning new techniques (to come soon!) So many options in doing this :) Layering stamp sets or sponging techniques or masking or using stencils or making stencils or....
I'm getting ahead of myself :) Like I said, inspired.

So I love creating my own backgrounds and patterned paper to customize my projects. Now I don't have any 12x12 paper, which when doing One Sheet Wonders is pretty standard, so I used a basic 8.5x11 sheet of Whisper White and created 8 similar cards in notecard style instead of A2. You have options here, you can purchase Stampin' Up!'s Note Card and Envelope sets (item # 131527- Whisper White or 133766- Crumb Cake) and have 20 pre-scored 5x3.5 cards and matching envelopes, or you can put your Envelope Punch board to use (item# 133744) to create your own.

I used the envelopes from a Notecard set I had but then cut and scored my own cards. I also used my Envelope Punch board and created a fun envelope box to hold them in.

I used Smokey Slate, Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Whisper White to create the color combo.
I stamped my images on a full sheet of 8.5x11 using the Flower Patch (item# 104207) stamp set I was random but did some layering with the sets. That's what I feel made it fun, was just being random :) but you can always create a repetitive pattern if that's more your style. Then I cut my cards into basic card folds and cut various squares and strips and other pieces to create both background and focal pieces. Then highlighting them by layering the pieces on solid colors to accentuate the paper.

Again, so much fun, quick and easy and a way to not only be creative and design a style that works for you, but again with customizing your colors and design to work with your project :)

So give it a try! You may have tried doing the One Page Wonder but give it a go creating your own background.

Have fun and Happy Stamping!