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Using letter stickers in a different way

Have you ever been working on a project and you need to write a title or label something and you just can’t find the right color letters? You have the correct size and style, but the colors just don’t mix with the layout. That happened to me yesterday. I didn’t want to use the Cricut for a two word title, so what were my options?

I found a set of letters that i picked up in the dollar bin at AC Moore a long time ago. The previous page had the colors white, black, yellow and grey and these letters were blue with white clouds. While they were really cute, they didn’t exactly match with the previous page. I tried to use them, but it just didn’t look right. What was I going to do?

To add some interest to the page, I used a silvery glitter ribbon to the black background. I had used a Martha Stewart punch to create a gift border and then I added the ribbon to tie it into the opposite page. But, then looking at the page again, the letters looked really out of place. I wanted them to tie into the silver/grey. What could I do?

Glitter glue! I have a couple of bottles of silver glitter glue and I thought that adding it to the top would make the letters look more like Thickers and would match. So, I carefully traced all the letters with the glitter glue. It gave the page some dimension and it also made sure that the title was nice and straight, as opposed to me free-handing it. 

Just because something isn’t the exact color you need doesn’t mean you should discount it as something that you can use on your page. There are plenty of ways to alter embellishments so that they will fit your theme or color scheme. I could have used regular paint to create the appropriate color. You can use ink to change the color of embellishments as well. To use an embellishment that is the right shape or size but has a sentiment that doesn’t match, use a piece of white card stock and stamp to create a new greeting.

With just a little bit of creativity, you can use those things that have been sitting in your stash because they don’t exactly match with what you are working on. I hope this inspires you to look at your supplies a little differently. Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment. 

The original stickers and the letters after using glitter glue:ImageImage


Can’t find it? Make it!

As I’ve said before, I have  a paper problem. And, yes, admitting it is the first step. I think the next is doing something about it. For me, that clearly means buying more paper. I know, I know – I’m supposed to be trying to kick the habit, but how can you resist a good paper sale??

I went into Michael’s the other day with the intention of NOT buying any paper, even though it was 5/$1. The reason? All of those clear paper storage packages that I bought are almost completely stuffed. So, ok, I won’t buy the 8 1/2″ x 11 or 12×12 sheets. I managed to bypass the paper aisle and move to the card aisle. Since a lot of what I am going to work on for the craft fair are cards, I decided that was a safer place for me to be rather than the paper aisle. (Boy was I wrong!! They were having a clearance sale on a TON of things in that aisle and I ended up buying puzzles, cards and envelopes and even bookmarks at an amazing price. Now just to find the time to work on these things!!)

But back to my original point – with all the paper I have, sometimes I still don’t have exactly what I am looking for. It could be that there are no patterns that match the look I am trying to achieve or the color just isn’t the right shade that I need. This happened to me when I was creating a layout for my goddaughter’s album. I saw a sketch of a page layout that I liked and decided that this page would be the perfect one for me to try it out on. The page only had one picture and I wanted something really cool for the background.

I started off by choosing the background paper – a white page with two different color blue designs. The I looked through my (overstuffed) blue paper pack and chose three colors that I thought would coordinate well with it. I picked two solids and one pattern. I cut the three sheets into 6×6 squares and placed them on the page. The two solid pages looked too plain next to the polka dot one, so I decided to alter them.

As hard as I tried to find three patterned papers that would go together, I couldn’t seem to find any that I thought would look good with the background. I have a hard time with this – especially when I see the papers that others choose when they start their project. I often think – how do those patterns go together??? So, instead of trying to match patterns and color, I matched the colors and then decided to create my own patterns.

For the first sheet, I used a swirl stencil. I haven’t used stencils much in the past, so I thought this would be a good time to try. If it didn’t come out good, I had three more shots with the rest of the 12×12 paper! HA. Since the background features two different color blues, I chose the two blue distress inks I have – faded jeans and broken china. At one end I started with one color and worked my way about halfway down. Then I started at the other end with the other color. Once everything but the middle was done, I took my blending tool and dipped one end in one color and the other in the remaining color and just started blending. I removed the stencil and I had such a cool design!

The second sheet was a different story. I have seen people use Perfect Pearls mist and stencils so I thought I’d try that. Yeah – that didn’t turn out too good. Instead, I ended up removing the stencils and using my fingers to spread the spray mist around. Then, before it was dry, I just placed the one flower stencil on top of the paper. It turned out even better than I expected! I got a shiny piece of blue card stock that has a subtle hint of a flower pattern. (The picture doesn’t do the paper justice – it’s much cooler in person!)

When all else fails and you can’t find the right paper for your layout, make it! Whether its using markers, paint, distress inks, stencils or stamps, you can easily make whatever you need to go along with the project. Making background or accent papers gives the project a real homemade feel.

Here are some pictures of what the papers I made look like:

The first two are the original 6×6 pieces of paper:

starting piecestarting

Paper with the swirl stencil onto of it:

with stencil on top

The finished paper:


Tim Holtz Distress Ink Colors:


The stencils I tried to use – ended up only using the one on top


The paper


You can see the flowers a little better in this one:

end result

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