from the February 2010 PDF:
How can you dress up your layout with simple strips of Patterned Paper?
A million and one ways! Wide strips, skinny strips, horizontal, vertical, strips cut into a shape, tone on tone strips, strips with the same pattern but different colors, ....you get the idea! Strips are one of the easiest ways to use patterned papers, especially those that you find a bit busy to use in large doses. Most of my layouts arenʼt done until I have a skinny strip of striped paper on it somewhere.
This month I pushed the strip a little further....Instead of just cutting a 1⁄4” strip, I cut 3⁄4” strips and tri-folded them. The inspiration came from the ʻpaperʼ bowls, vases, and other decor Iʼve seen. This added a bit of extra texture and interest to the layout, just what I was looking for!
By simply folding these strips of paper I have created an interesting embellishment/ background element for my layout. I had first intended on covering a 10” x 10” piece of chipboard, but the folding became more time consuming than I had time for. So I trimmed the chipboard to 3” x 10” and covered it. Much faster! This would be an easy thing to work on while watching a movie. I was trying to work during nap time....so the quicker the better, especially when just as effective for the layout.
You can download the PDF here: Download Patternedpapereverywhichway_february2010