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Patterned Paper Play: Using Branding Strips

Not sure how to use your leftover branding strips? @heyelsie's got a fun and colourful page using them on the @pinkpaislee blog! #pinkpaislee #patternedpaperplay #ppohmyheart #pptakemeaway #12x12 #layout #scrapbook #scrapbooking #diy

Hey Pink Paislee fans, it’s Elsie here and I hope I’m not the only one who does this, but I always seem to accumulate a rather large collection of unused branding strips, which have really started to pile up on my desk. Oops!

I never seem to get round to using them on my layouts, but they’re definitely something I hang on to because I don’t want to throw all of those pretty patterns away. So for this week’s layout, I decided to challenge myself to use my ever-growing pile of branding strips!

elsie-pattern9The branding strips are one of the many reasons why I love Pink Paislee, because the papers always have a full 12″ pattern on the back of each of them! I love that it means you can use every single last scrap of paper and nothing goes to waste, which is something I always try to be quite conscious of.

elsie-pattern5I arranged all of my branding strips into a rainbow order, because it’s an easy way to make sense out of all of those competing patterns and colours, and rainbows always look pretty, don’t they?!

Most of the branding strips were gathered from Oh My Heart, but some from Summer Lights, Fancy Free, Take Me Away and Moonstruck snuck in to the mix as well!

elsie-pattern3I essentially created my own patterned paper, by glueing each strip onto a piece of scrap cardstock and then running each strip through my sewing machine, to add a little extra texture.

The simplest way to include this onto my page was to use the strips to back a large title on my page. I created this phrase in my Silhouette software and cut it out on some white cardstock and stitched around each letter with some white thread, I seriously love how the papers look behind my title!

elsie-pattern7I also created a little crayon box to go with my title, and the crayons were made using some of the branding strip off-cuts. To make them look more like crayons, I used coloured pencils to add some extra shading and added details with a white gel pen.

elsie-pattern4I used a photo of me on my first day at school, and because there are lots of cute stationary related images in both Take Me Away and Oh My Heart, I thought they would work well with my title and photo to create a ‘school’ themed layout.

elsie-pattern8I always forget that you don’t necessarily have to use thickers to create a title, so I used the Oh My Heart thickers to create a small ‘ABC’ embellishment cluster, to go with my school theme and for some extra pops of colour. I love how this page is just exploding with all the colours!

elsie-pattern6This layout is so colourful and and a little busy, but I love it! I had so much fun making this page, so I hope you are also inspired to use your branding strips on your pages!

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6 Responses to "Patterned Paper Play: Using Branding Strips"

  • Kathleen
    August 2, 2017 - 2:32 pm

    Absolutely amazing, as always!! I love all the little details. Every time you look at this layout, you’ll find sth new :)

    • Elsie Robinson
      August 3, 2017 - 4:44 am

      Thanks Kathleen, you’re the sweetest! :) x

  • Petals Daye
    August 3, 2017 - 12:51 pm

    Amazing! Your stitching is so wonderful and perfect! the embellishments are all adorable! Great Layout

  • Vianna
    August 4, 2017 - 6:47 am

    OK, call me silly, but what are the branding strips?

    • Elsie Robinson
      August 8, 2017 - 2:27 pm

      Nope, not silly at all :) It’s the manufacturing strip at the bottom of a 12×12 paper! It’s where all the information about the paper and company is, and on the other side of the strip there’s a pattern! Hope that helps :)