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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be back on the Kiwi Lane blog today with my January project for Tip Time Tuesday. I had so much fun creating with Adorn It’s Home Tweet Home collection this month. It’s a beautiful home- and family-theme collection with soft pinks and blues and lots of lovely embellishments. And their wood veneer elements are wonderful! I loved adding them to my project.
The Home Tweet Home collection coordinated especially well with one of this month’s featured templates: Tiny Nature. In fact, I used one of the those templates to create a very special border using a technique I’ll bet you’ll remember from childhood…
I started out my two-page layout by framing my page with my Kiwi Lane Designer Templates.
I used these templates:
- Chevrons 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
- Tiny Nature 1T, 2T, 6T
- Cascade Trails 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
- Strips 1/2″
- Photo Templates
And now for today’s technique tip—creating a paper chain border. Yes, it’s the same technique from when we were kids, but it’s a little more grown-up when you’re using such lovely papers.
Step 1. Start out by trimming a 12″ strip that’s close to the same height as the template you want to use for your paper chain. I choose the mini butterfly (2T) from the Tiny Nature set.
Step 2. Accordion fold the strip so that each square is just a little bit smaller than the width of your chosen template. You want the template to stick out just a little bit on each side.
Step 3. Trace your template and then cut the shape, being sure to leave a connected piece at each side of the square, so that your chain stays all in one single piece. Unfold, and voila, a lovely paper chain.
Creating a border this way gives such wonderful texture to your project. I added even more texture by sewing the butterflies down with a zigzag stitch after folding them in half horizontally to give them some extra lift from the page. I also added an extra butterfly in a contrasting color to each side of the page.
I love those Chevron borders! They are so fun to play with. On this project, I used them more like a pennant border. They are so versatile…
I used pigment ink to add some color to the Adorn It wood veneer shapes. I love the color the wood takes on with just a little bit of ink.
I also used the Tiny Nature 6T template to create this simple flower. After I cut and inked two of the pieces, I crumpled them both up a bit and then flattened them out before layering them together with two of the inked wood veneer pieces.
With the rest of my Adorn It papers and embellishments, I created a cute friendship card.
I love how easy it is to create quick cards with my Kiwi Lane templates! This card will be perfect to send to a friend.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Tip Time Tuesday. I encourage you to put it to use today and create a paper chain border of your own. I love those Tiny Nature templates — in fact, I’m giving away a set of Kiwi Lane Tiny Nature accessory templates on my blog . Stop by and enter for a chance to win your very own set!
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What a fantastic project (as always) Lissa! So much fun to relive a fun craft from childhood.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to swing by the ADORNit Facebook fan page, please do and give them a huge Kiwi Lane hello!
Also be sure to check out the ADORNit blog for oodles of inspiration.
Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for a little Write From the Heart.