Wednesday, 23 June 2010

My Little Shoebox

Today I would like to show you some ways to make the most out of your My Little Shoebox papers.
These papers are so bright and colourful. I find myself instantly attracted to them when I see them in shops. But these bold and very bright patterns can't always be easy to use.

Cutting them into strips is a great way to create fun LO's.
On this LO below, I took this piece of paper here Flying High it's called. I've cut along the lines for my strips. The clouds are also cut from this same piece of paper.
Another great thing about the My Little Shoebox papers is that they are double sided. The circle on my LO was cut from another piece and I used the reverse.
When using the papers in this way, you also get lots of use out of them. 1 piece if paper can be used on a few LO's.

This next one involves lots of cutting. A good sharp and small pair of scissors is needed (and some patience too).
This time I used the papers from this range. All a Flutter.

I trimmed down this piece here so I could stick it down onto a piece of bazzill, creating a framed look. The edges have been distressed and I painted very rough strokes in white over the top. This just softened the look of the paper. I wanted it to blend into the background more than stand out.
Once I stuck my photo down and painted a frame around that, I then got to cutting the patterned papers.

I've used the flowers from this piece here and used the butterflies and cut strips from this piece here. The flowers, strips and butterflies are then just layered up. Some pieces are stuck down using 3d foam pads to add a little height.
Several circles have been cut by hand out of the various patterns. These then get layered and fastened with a brad. You instantly have your own flowers now.
The leaves have also been just roughly hand cut, stitched up the centre and then add some double sided sticky tape on the back. Crumple before sticking onto your page and this gives a great 3d look.
Even the chipboard alphas have been covered in My Little Shoebox papers so everything ties in.
I took a piece of the Flying High paper and used the reverse for my journaling strips. I wrote on the paper first and then cut into strips.

I hope this has helped give you some new ideas on how to use these beautiful papers.

Supplies. My Little Shoebox papers, Bazzill, Paint, Mini Alpha Stickers, Brads


Kerry said...

I love your layouts and I am trying to talk myself into needing some more papers and the MLS papers look just up street. Thanks for the inspiration.

laterg8r said...

love your lo's - esp the paint behind the photo and fussy cutting :D

i love double sided paper too :D