Hello crafty friends! It’s Zinia here and today I have a layout full of fun paper and mixed media techniques! I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest: there were some origami paper bracelets and I thought this technique would work great to create some interesting strips from patterned paper.
The first step was to cut down small strips of paper. I went for half inch width and four inches length (you don’t want to go shorter than four inches because you won’t be able to weave the pieces together properly).
To fold all the individual strips, I started by scoring them in the middle and then folding both edges to meet that score line. Then you want to fold this in half exactly on that first score line. It’s much easier than it sounds. You want to do this for all the strips and then start weaving them together. Just pass one “leg” of your strip into the loop of the other and keep going until you have it all done.
I created a bunch of these weaved strips creating a rainbow of colors. There are a ton of designs you can use them on but this time I decided to play around with some mixed media. I used some water-soluble crayons to scribble some color on my cardstock and spread it around with a waterbrush. I made sure not to over blend cause I wanted to keep the scribble marks visible for extra texture on the background.
I picked crayons in coordinating colors to my strips and then I adhered my weaved strips on top of the mixed media background. After that, it’s all a matter of playing with my favorite embellishments.
All the products I used on this layout are from the beautiful Turn the Page collection by Page Evans. I used a few chipboard pieces and also fussy cut some butterflies to spread around on my page.
For my title I used some letters from the sticker book instead of thickers cause I wanted it to be small and subtle. I generally tried to keep my title, photo, and all other elements very “quiet” so that that mixed media background and the beautiful weaved paper strips will be in the spotlight. As always I added some gold ink splatters for a finishing touch!