Sometimes we purchase a stack or pack of scrapbook paper where every sheet isn’t a favorite, or maybe we’ve had something in our stash forever and our tastes have changed. Ã‚Â I have found that I don’t like now what I liked years ago. Ã‚Â What do we do with scrapbook paper that we don’t like? Ã‚Â The current Use it or Lose it Challenge is to alter paper. Ã‚Â This is a great technique to use up some of that not-so-loved paper.
There are so many things you can do to alter paper. Ã‚Â Here are some ideas:
- if it is double-sided, flip it over and use the back.
- break it up into smaller pieces. Ã‚Â I don’t care for busy patterns but they are better in smaller doses.
- Stamp on it to add design or color
- use a sketch you love
- add embellishments that you love.
- emboss it (dry or wet)
- distress it by sanding or with ink
- add glitter or liquid glass
The thing that works best for me is to mix something I don’t like with something I really do like (sketch, color, embellishments, etc) to balance things out.
Here’s my before paper:
And here’s the layout that I came up with:
Supplies used: CTMH Paper Pack, CTMH Cotton Candy cardstock, CTMH Cotton Candy ink, CTMH So Blessed stamp set, CTMH Playful Flourishes stamp set, DCWV alphabet stickers, Versamark ink, CTMH brads, K & Company Grand Adhesions, and Heidi Grace Velvet Borders.
I did a few things to change the papers. Ã‚Â First, I randomly stamped the pink butterfly onto the patterned paper. Ã‚Â This added more color. Ã‚Â I always like pink and the original shades of color were too pale for my taste. Ã‚Â I also added a few pink brads to this paper. Ã‚Â The green striped paper I used the back side and stamped flourishes with Versamark inkÃ‚Â which gave it the look of a watermark. Ã‚Â This is a great way to add a subtle pattern without overpowering your layout. Ã‚Â Another way to do this is to stamp tone-on-tone by using the same color ink as your paper. Ã‚Â You will get a similar effect. Ã‚Â The blue paper is not included in my before photo but it was polka dot in the same colors and again I used the back side. Ã‚Â I really don’t like using solids anymore so to add a bit to this paper I embossed it with my scoreboard. Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Overall the layout still seems a bit plan to me but I think it’s the solid background that I chose so I’m just letting it be.