Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Banners of fun by guest Amanda Hall

Hello again Scrappy Chatters.

It's Amanda back again and this time i'm going to do a quick step by step with my page from the current Scrappy Chat kit.

  • The first step is trimming down your white card stock to an A4 size  (or 12 x 8.5" which is what i work with) - or if you prefer to work with 12 x12 leave it as is and jiggle the other elements to fit.
  • Create 4 paper banners.
  1. narrow V shaped  bunting. (i used the teal dot paper for this)
  2. large scalloped bunting (i used the orange stripe paper)
  3. small scallop bunting (i used my scalloped punch  and the grey grid paper with this one.)
  4. a large uneven flag shaped bunting ( I used the blue hexagonal paper here)

shapes used for the banners
  • Tear a large corner triangular strip from the yellow dot paper.

  • Cut various wide strips from the yellow grid paper, make the blueprint type of paper (reverse of yellow grid) slightly larger to mat the yellow grid on top, the grey paper and a smaller strip from the cork. (the cork does not have to run full length - it is hidden under the photo so a smaller strip is only needed.)
  • Layer up the yellow grid and blueprint and adhere together so as they look matted. Notch ends.
  • Cut the end of the grey paper on a slant.
  • cut a V notch from the end of the cork.
  • Attach the yellow dotty torn strip to the top right corner and extend it along the top of the page.


Slightly left of the middle of the page, running down the length of your page, position the two paper strips (blueprint and yellow grid counted as one and the grey paper as the other), and the cork. You will need to fiddle with your photo placement and vertical strips here, as the cork strip only needs to poke out the bottom of your photo. I used a 4x4" square photo. Poke the tops of the strips underneath the yellow dotty paper that is along the top of your page.

  • Layer up the banners. The large hexagon flag banner first, then the large orange scallop, then the smaller V pennant, and finally the smaller grid scallop. Make sure you can see some of each of the banners when layering. You may like to use some foam tape or glue dots to add dimension.

  • Position and these on top of the yellow dot paper at the very top of your page, ensuring that you can see the yellow dots peeking through and that it covers the start of your vertical strips (if they are visible)

  • Cut a strip 13cm x 1.5cm from the grey and cream stripe paper. Notch the ends in a V. Cut a similar strip, but slightly larger from the grey paper. Mount the stripe onto the grey. Fold the ends in on itself to form frog legs.

*demonstration only - not paper used and not yet mounted.
Top view (left), side view (right)

  • Adhere with foam tape along top of banners. Here is where you could add a speech bubble, date or sub- title onto this area. I have used one saying 'REAL LIFE'
  • I've also added a little leftover piece of Heidi Swapp pre-made banner in that area also. I love cutting those suckers up and using little bits here and there.
  • You can now adhere your photo (if you haven't already) and start working on your title. I used a orange 'seriously' arrow and from the cork supplied in the kit cut the word 'fabulous' using my silhouette. This was quite difficult to get a clean cut, and after many practises i found it needs to be on a slow setting and also quite a long blade depth. Backing the cork with clear sticky tape helped get a cleaner cut. The new Heidi Swapp die cuts for the cuttlebug would cut this cork like butter and have a beautiful clean finish. I ended up mounting my title onto white card stock to ensure it stood out.
  • On the bottom right corner i added a few random stickers in the colour palette, a cork heart, some thread, sequins and the little paint flecks (stuck with glue stick)

  • On the left of the photo i also added a few stickers, cork heart, and punched circles from the papers used. You could use this area for journalling if you would prefer.

And ta-da we are done! I'd love to see your own versions if you decide to do a layout like this! Happy crafting and thank you again for having me here at Scrappy Chat this month. I've really enjoyed creating with this kit and feel very honoured to have been asked to join in.

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1 comment:

  1. Another stunning creation, Amanda!
    I have always been a big fan.....your work is so inspirational!