By Card Making and Scrapbooking Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
Sometimes it’s the everyday moments that are the special memories that need to be scrapped. Often it’s the simple joys such as a beautiful bird outside the window or maybe a sunrise or sunset. Those moments need great embellishments on the pages, too. These paper feathers were the perfect addition to this layout, but they can be used for any creation you’d like to make…even a card. Add the block background and have a perfect mat for a picture or just a feather.
Begin by trimming a piece of 5” x 6” piece of cardstock (white used here) for the backing of the block pattern. Choose 2 or more colors of cardstock and trim them in various widths ranging from ½” to 1 3/4”. Cut them so they are longer than the width of your white cardstock. Adhere them using a tape runner to the white cardstock varying the sizes as you adhere them. If you choose to use a bigger background cut wider pieces to help cover the area.
Once they are adhered to the background, using a paper trimmer (Tonic V-Blade used) turn the paper over so the white is on top and trim the edges off that hang over. Attach the background ( Tim Coffey Foliage 12 x 12 paper pad by K & Company used here) to your layout and then your photo onto it. Lay this aside.
There are many feather templates on the internet that can be easily used to create a paper feather. By searching the words, “Paper Feather Template” you will be lead to many choices. Find a few that you like and print them out on white cardstock. Cut them out using a pair of small scissors (Martha Stewart Precision Scissors used here). Also, print some out on colored cardstocks such as red or blue or use transfer paper and the feather you just cut out as a template to transfer some onto different colors of cardstock. Cut them out, as well.
Score a line down the center of each feather using a scoreboard. It helps to rotate the feather as you work to get a straighter line.
Lightly fold the feather at the score line.
Ink the edges of each feather with using a black or brown ink pad. On colored cardstocks you can even ink them using a white ink pad.
Adhere them to your project using a wet glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
If you’re doing a layout as I did be sure to add a little journaling about your photo. This journal tag is a piece of white cardstock, but you can find some fabulous journaling tags at CreateForLess so be sure to check them out.
Feathers are very popular right now. Add one or several and make your project fly with excitement. Whatever your project may be, a simple feather and block background can be just the right touches to finish it off.