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Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to some of the lovely people in our Scrapbooking Coach community, and most of them wanted some creative layout ideas with their washi tapes.
Just like me, they’ve collected a number of washi tapes… but they’re unsure what to do with them. For this tip, I’ll share a clever technique for giving your scrapbook pages a creative boost with the help of your washi!
Washi tape is really helpful for making patterns that you can use for embellishments and photo mats. One of the patterns you can easily do are stripes.
The main background of my layout for this page is this gorgeous floral cardstock which is perfect for a striped design element.
The first thing I did was prepare the base for my washi stripe piece. I just trimmed down a white cardstock into my preferred size.
I then pulled out all of my washi tapes! I’ve hoarded quite a lot, haha! I tried to find what washi tape would work with my floral cardstock by putting it side by side with my cardstock and decided to use a black and white checked one.
Now, let’s start building the striped piece. Instead of going horizontal, I placed a line of washi tape diagonally as seen below. I just kept placing more tape and leaving some equal white space in between.
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With a scissor, trim the excess tape on the sides. Alternatively, you can also just fold it behind.
Now I have my striped element that I can add to my floral page!
We can then proceed to building out the details for the rest of the page. I had my striped element sit on the left side behind this strip of turquoise cardstock that will serve as a background for our photo mats.
To create the photo mats, I just trimmed some colored paper into squares with the help of a ruler.
As I was playing further around with the placements, I felt that my stripe piece looks a bit too white because of all the white space in between the washi tapes. I added a solid color gray washi in between the checkered washi to fill in all that space.
It looks so much better once I added it back to the layout. It looked way more solid which is what we need to make our photos stand out from the floral backdrop.
If you notice on the floral cardstock that we used, there’s actually a lot of white or cream highlights in there, so naturally it won’t work well if our stripe has lots of white color on it too.
I just did a last adjustment to the stripe piece by making it a bit thinner. I trimmed it with my paper cutter.