Paper Quilt | Tutorial + Template
In this post I'm sharing how I created this hybrid page, inspired by this quilt pattern, featuring the digital papers from the black & white scrapbook kit. This kit has fourteen incredible classic & modern paper designs that are perfect for accents, backgrounds, and pairing with pops of color. This is definitely going to be a kit I continue to pull from a lot.
Quote card from the Pieces Kit, Ali Edwards Design Inc.
First...let's talk a little color theory.
According to Adobe, some consider white to be a color, because white light comprises all hues on the visible light spectrum. And many do consider black to be a color, because you combine other pigments to create it on paper. But in a technical sense, black and white are not colors, they're shades.
Did you know that black has a grounding effect that gives the eye a place to rest? Interior designers use black accents for dramatic results. It enhances the colors that surround it and highlights the negative space surrounding pieces with hints of black. Have you ever wondered why colors pop when used with black? Not only does black have depth, it's also versatile and complementary with pretty much every color in the spectrum.
Using white, as a contrast provides a soothing effect, making other colors stand out, particularly brighter ones. It's no surprise that when we think of colors that go with everything, most think of the neutral trio: black, white, and gray.
Making my digital quilt.
In planning out my page, I decided I wanted this to be a page that would live outside of a page protector. I created a new design in Canva sized at 7 x 8.25 inches. And then just started playing with triangle "frames" to see how they would fit together to recreate the quilt pattern. This did take a bit of time to get the sizing correct. Once I was happy with how it looked on my page, I played around with dropping the digital pattern papers into the design. If I didn't like the placement, I simply dragged & dropped in another paper. I also added two of the digital prints from the July Stories by the Month kit and loved how they pop with the black & white.
Next I added a second page to my design, then used one of the digital flowers in the kit to make a template for my stitching that would go on top of my quilt.
Important tip: remember to allow for space to punch the holes. I wished I had checked this before I started my stitching. But good thing that I caught it, as I was able to make some adjustments on the flower closest to the bottom set of holes, otherwise I would have punched right through where my stitch would have been.
Once I was happy with the design, I downloaded it from Canva as a .pdf and printed the page on my HP7155 printer then trimmed the pages to size.
Want to try this template? Find the design here.
Stitching on Paper
Here's a photo tutorial of how I punched the holes for the flower design stitches.
Important tip: use a sharp point needle. The needle I first picked (shown in photo) was too large and had a blunt point. I quickly discovered that it was making the hole too big when I stitched through the page. I switched to a thinner, and sharper needle and that worked great.
If you'd like to incorporate more stitching into your scrapbooks, you should check out this fun class called Playing with Paper, by Pam Baldwin. It's awesome!
I finished off my page by adding one little chipboard circle from the "Pieces" kit. I just love how this turned out, and just might become the opening page in a Pieces of Life album I've been wanting to start.
This page was designed as part of a social hop on Instagram. You can discover more ideas for the Black & White kit by visiting the links below and showing all my friends a little ❤️. A playlist of process videos can be found here
INSD 2022 | FREE Mini Kit
According to scrapbook.com May 7th is National Scrapbook Day 2022 (or International Scrapbook Day to include crafters from all over the world). It began in 1994 and is now celebrated by crafters everywhere! This year I'm honored to be participating in the Indie Designers iNSD 2022 blog hop along with some amazing independent digital designers! We have collectively put together some fabulous freebies for you today.
If this is your first stop welcome! If you've arrived here via the link on Kelly's blog at Pixels to Pages, then this is your next stop. If you've been blog hopping along, then I'm glad to see you made it here! Some of you may know me from the Create with Canva class I taught for Ali Edwards Design Inc. But some of you may be new to this blog, so let me share a little bit with you.
I'm a hybrid memory keeper, I like using smaller pocket page albums, and I love using Canva to scrapbook! I started this blog in 2020 to share my love of Canva, and help others learn how to create better scrapbooks with less effort. There's lots of great info here and it's my hope that you'll take a peek around my site. You can also find me posting regularly on Instagram. And I'd love to invite you to join FB our community Scrapbook with Canva if you'd like to explore more about using Canva for scrapbooking.
BLOG HOP Mini Kit + Try Canva For Free
Keeping with the theme of a free spirited summer, I've designed this mini kit with a pocket full of daisies & a new take on "summery" brights (by adding navy to the mix) along with B+W modern basics that will let your photos shine.
"I'm just a free spirit, with a wild heart and an open road ahead."
The kit includes five 3x4 pocket-style journal cards which can be download to print, or use digitally. I've also included two fun digital stamp designs. But I think the best part is you'll also get a link to three pocket card templates so you can try out Canva right now, on any device; desktop, tablet or phone (iOS or Android) and see how easy it is to use for yourself.
Canva will also work with any of the .png papers, elements & overlays you have collected from the blog hop today. How cool is that!
Watch the video tutorial below as I show you step by step how to use this mini kit in Canva.
Tutorial shown using mac desktop. Canva app screens will look slightly different.
If you don't have a Canva login yet, please use this link above to sign up for your free account. Note: you do not need to upgrade your account to use this kit.
Where will this blog hop take you next?
Next, head on over to visit Jessica at the Curio Pantry to collect your next digital kit. It's fresh picked and perfect for summer!
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