Hello, friends! It’s Tania here with you today, sharing a layout that uses a mix of a variety of Echo Park Paper collections to create a ‘thankful-themed’ layout. Every year during the first week of November, I pack up a picnic lunch for myself and my two daughters and take them out to a few of our local parks to explore and take fall photos. Looking through the hundreds and hundreds of photos is always a time of deep reflection and thankfulness for being given the responsibility of raising them. So, I knew I wanted to pull from one of those photo sessions to complete this assignment.
In recent months, I’ve seen a trend emerging of using quilt patterns as inspiration for layouts. So I took this mixing and matching challenge a step further and added in the challenge to design a paper quilt on the majority of the background. Making a paper quilt really is quite simple. First you need to decide whether you want stripes, squares, triangles, etc. Once you have that narrowed down you need to pull your papers and start trimming up your papers to match the shapes of your quilt design. I have experience with quilting so it didn’t take much effort for me to visualize a quilt design to use, but if you don’t have quilt pattern ideas to try to convert to a paper version take a little peek at Pinterest or Craftsy to gather some inspiration.
Once you have that inspiration, you need to start pulling papers from your stash. There is a little bit of a technique to doing so to end with a visually pleasing result.
I simply leafed through my stack of 6x6 paper pads and pulled out papers that had the same (or similar shades of) colors as my photo. If your photo is black & white, your job is even easier. You’ll just have to be sure to pick complimentary colors/patterns. After picking out yellow/gold, green, black/charcoal, and pink, I decided it needed a softer hue added in, so I chose a soft blue and a white to help balance all the bold colors and give the eye a place to rest on my paper quilt.
In addition to choosing colors, I was mindful of the size of the patterns printed on them. What makes a great eye-catching quilt is the use of a variety of sizes of pattern that is printed on the fabric. So, when choosing papers for my paper quilt, I did exactly what quilters do: I pulled a few solids, a few subtle patterns that read as more of a solid (i.e. the tiny polka dots), then pulled a few papers with a medium-sized design and a few with more graphic patterns (i.e. the clocks, the globes, the pushpins). The combination of the sizes of pattern on these papers really helps to add interest and visual depth to your paper quilt. Sure, it would still look lovely with all solids, but the depth would be lacking.
Once you have those picked you’re ready to get started putting together your design. If you’d like to duplicate what I’ve done here, you’ll need a 1 ¼” square punch OR a paper trimmer to cut strips of patterned paper to 1 ¼” wide and then cut your strips down into 1 ¼” segments. Again, all of mine were punched from papers out of the 6x6 paper pads from the Fine and Dandy Collection, Simple Life Collection, Creative Agenda Collection, and the We Are Family Collection. (insert links) After all of my squares were punched, I cut them in half corner to corner to get my triangles. Then, added adhesive along the bottom of the layout. Starting in the bottom right-hand corner, I paired together different patterns to piece squares back together. Once that row was done, I moved on up to the next row being mindful to space color and pattern evenly and not put two of the same pattern side by side. To throw in a bit more visual interest, I varied the direction of the diagonal of my triangles every so often so that the diagonal was going in the opposite direction as the majority.
After you have your quilt built, you can add a bit more visual dimension by stamping a bold image in some of the triangle and actual textural dimension by adding stickers and chipboard embellishments.
So, what do you say!? Are you ready to make a paper quilt background on your next layout? I promise it isn’t as intimidating as making a fabric quilt. Just remember it’s only paper so you can’t really mess it up!
White Cardstock (Carta Bella)
FD69023 6x6 Fine & Dandy Paper Pad
CA70023 6x6 Creative Agenda Paper Pad
SL68023 6x6 Simple Life Paper Pad
WAF66023 6x6 We Are Family Paper Pad
EPStamp4 Happy Family Designer Stamp Set
EPMDie5 Sun & Clouds Designer Die Set
MFS75015 Made From Scratch Alpha Stickers
CA70014 Creative Agenda Element Stickers
CA70015 Creative Agenda Alpha Stickers
CA70022 Creative Agenda Chipboard 6x12
CA77027 Creative Agenda Flair
HOH59014 Head Over Heels Element Stickers
Cuttlebug Manual Die-Cutting Machine
1 ¼” Square Punch
Foam Dimensional Tape
Jet Black Staz-On Ink
Acrylic Stamping Block