No patterned paper? Creative Team member Jen Chapin shows you how!

No patterned paper? Creative Team member Jen Chapin shows you how!

Hi everyone! Jen Chapin here, and I am really excited to be here today sharing a project with you on the blog. I was inspired to create a layout using washi tape as a mat for my photo and title.

Tip: This is a great way to create a page without using any patterned paper!

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I started by gathering quite a few different rolls of washi tape. I collected different patterns, making sure to keep them all cohesive.

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I chose to use a piece of gray cardstock for my background since I knew that the colored washi tape would stand out well against it. Using a ruler, I lined up the first piece of red tape then used that as a guide to ensure all the others were straight.

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After the washi was adhered to my background, I placed my photo and title. I decided to go with a black and white photo so as not to compete with the colorful washi tape. I also chose a white title to stand out against the colors.

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After committing to my photo and title, I used embellishments to complete the rainbow theme. As you can see, I used yellow embellishments over the yellow tape, blue embellishments over the blue tape, and so on. This is a great way to coordinate embellishments with the colors in your layout.

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Thank you so much for coming by the blog today! I hope you’ll try making a layout soon using washi tape as a background. It’s really fun and such a great way to use up that huge stash we all have.

Have a great day!

~ Jen Chapin

We are thrilled to welcome Jen Chapin to our Creative Team this year! Her beautiful work and passion for papercrafting will have our readers inspired all year long! You can find more of Jen's beautiful work in these places:

Instagram:  @jenchapin

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  1. Gisèle February 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Great idea, have loads if washi!! ?

  2. Helen Gullett February 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Super fun washi tapes background!

  3. christi Lyn steinbeck February 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Just beautiful and a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!

  4. MaryAnn N February 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Cute background but really no patterned paper …has any scrapbookers ever said that?

  5. Margaret February 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Love this! And a great way to use all that washi that’s piling up around here!

  6. Barb macaskill February 15, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Welcome to the team, Jen! I look forward to seeing your posts! I love making my own patterned paper because I will always have the exact colors and prints that I need to match my project! TFS!

  7. Char February 15, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Fantastic idea Jen, thanks! Your layout is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Glenda February 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I concur with all of the comments, never , ever thought to use my pile of tape in that fashion, thanks. ?

  9. Teresa Medeiros February 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love everything about this!! Brilliant!!

  10. Shannon February 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Jen, thank you for this lesson on washi tape!! It seems I have barrels of it unlike others – ? Welcome to the SCT family!!

  11. Marcia Estergaard February 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    What a great idea! I really like this and have pinned it!

  12. Andrea D. La Vigne February 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This is so cool! I have loads of washi tape. I also have loads of patterned paper! This would also be a good idea for using strips of patterned paper in place of washi tape. Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

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