Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Layout of the Week #40- Using Punches to Make a Decorative Border

     This week I'm going to show how you can use a punch to make a decorative edge on your layout. It's a very easy concept that you can adapt using punches of all shapes.

     When I plan the theme for layout of the week, I intend for you to be able to use products that you already have rather than having to go out and buy them. I know everybody loves to buy new stuff, but it's so nice to use up current supplies. . .which then gives us reason to go out shopping:)

Here's the layout we'll be creating.
Follow these easy steps, and yours will end up looking similar to this.
To create this, you'll need:
one piece of cardstock
one piece of 12"x12" pattern paper
three or four pieces of coordinating scrap paper (you'll be cutting 2" squares from these)
paper punch (any shape- I'll be using a 1 5/8" circle)
letter stickers for the title
journaling pen
button (or some other 1" embellishment)
paper trimmer
To begin, trim 1/2" off the right side and bottom of the pattern paper. Do not adhere yet.

Using your punch on the lower right hand corner, punch out two shapes- one right above the other. Only place the pattern paper halfway in the punch- this will give you a half-circle (or half-square or whatever shape punch you're using).

Do the same thing at the upper left corner. When you're done, it should look like this.
Do not adhere the pattern paper yet.

Now cut four 2" squares from the scrap pattern paper. Adhere them to the back of the punched out shapes. I used regular Scotch tape for this step.
Leave the top shape empty.

This is how it should look. See how the pattern paper is peeking out of the punched out shapes?
Now adhere this to the card stock.

Place two or three vertical photos about 1/2" from the top of the layout.

Now place your title beneath the top photos.
Then adhere two more vertical photos below the title.
Place your 1" embellishment in the space of the punched out shape at the top left corner. I used a heart punched from pattern paper.

Finally, add your journaling below the bottom photos. Mine is hard to see because I used purple ink.
This layout is so quick and easy. You could do this with any shaped punch and a border punch would work, too.
     If you liked working with punches, you can go here, here, or here to see other Layouts of the Week using them.
     For my Layout of the Week series, I try to come up with simple layouts using directions that are easy to follow. I usually post a tutorial every Wednesday. If you have gotten into a scrapbooking slump or simply just fallen behind, try my tutorial. You could complete one page a week!
     Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13
This post is linked to 52 Mantles and Tip Junkie.

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