Thursday, December 12, 2019

Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog Post - Paper Quilling On Scrapbook Pages

Hello, everyone! My name is Lauren Alarid. I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in California and 2019 Artisan Design Team member, and I am so happy to be sharing my creativity on the company blog. Today I wanted to share with you a fun technique that has been around for a while but is new to me – paper quilling.
Adding paper quilling to scrapbook pages can add so much interest! The dimension creates so much texture and you can add as many curls and layers as you like. Additionally, the quilling allows you to create the look of a background and foreground with little effort. I just love the unique effect it gives!

This paper technique can be as simple or as complicated and detailed you want it to be. You can just add a few paper strip accents or you can add layers upon layers and extra bits of papers for a more intricate look. My page was on the more detailed side and ended up being quite a process, but it was so worth it.
I began by using some of our new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and my Aqua Painter to add subtle color to the paper, making sure to paint the edges as well.  I repeat this process on the other side of the paper. It doesn’t need to be a perfect match because the differences will be too subtle to see on the finished page. Also, the paper may curl, but that’s okay because we’re curling it anyway.

After the paper has dried, I cut it into ¼” strips. Once you have cut the paper into strips, you will need to go back and add color to the freshly cut edges for a cleaner, cohesive look. Next, I used my “Take Your Pick” tool to wrap my watercolored strips to make them curl. You can use different parts of the tool for a more loose or tighter curl.

The final step is to arrange and adhere your strips to your page. To me, this was the most complicated part. You can use hot glue for a quicker adherence, but I like the cleaner look and how forgiving wet glue is, so I prefer the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. It allows me to maneuver my strips before committing to a position and doesn’t leave the spidery string that hot glue does. It takes patience and a few clear stamp blocks holding your strips in place, but the results are well worth the effort. I also used a few ocean themed stamp sets (Magical Mermaid and Sea ofTextures) for more interest and to tie in the theme of my page. Below is a close-up of how I placed my curled strips.

I wanted to include a few final pictures (below) so that you can see all the dimension and detail that I was able to achieve with this technique. Though it took some considerable time and effort, I love the effect and the memory I was able to capture.

I hope that you have enjoyed this fun technique and will consider giving it a try yourself. It’s just another great way to add so much interest and to spice up your pages!
Happy Crafting!
Lauren Alarid
2019 Artisan Design Team
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