Hi Pebbles fans! It’s Monique here sharing a Fall layout, a paper woven pumpkin and a few of my tips for today’s “Tuesday Tip” blog post.
I thought hard about what I wanted to share with you and decided that it had to be tips involving one of my recent favorite techniques: paper weaving. I wanted to use the Pebbles’ Midnight Haunting collection to create a Fall layout and for a Fall layout I needed a pumpkin! With that in mind, I knew what I wanted to do: create a pumpkin using paper weaving!
Here’s my page to get you started:
Although we don’t celebrate Halloween, we do like to carve pumpkins! Every year my kids and often one or two of their friends (in this case, a niece) spend an afternoon carving and having loads of fun! I decided this tradition had to be memorialized in the form of a layout!
Here’s a quick step-by-step tutorial to show you how to create this layout:
Assemble all the materials you want to use for your layout. Print a pumpkin in a shape you like (to be found on the internet) and cut 44 strips of Midnight Haunting paper with a width of 1 cm.
Place strips of paper horizontally and start weaving the vertical strips through them like this:
Repeat until you’ve got a square in the size you like. I used approx. 22 horizontal strips and 22 vertical strips of paper. Tip: add strips of double-sided adhesive diagonally over the woven square to avoid the strips of paper falling apart, especially as you’ll want to hand cut it into a pumpkin shape later-on.
Now cut out the pumpkin and place it on top of the back of your woven square. Tip: use a bit of Scotch tape to keep the pumpkin temporarily in place:
Hand cut around the pumpkin.
Tip: if the printed pumpkin is too small to your liking, just cut two centimeters wider than the size of the printed pumpkin. The strips of double-sided adhesive will made sure all the paper strips stay in place.
Next remove the printed pumpkin and also the backing of the double-sided adhesive and adhere the pumpkin onto a background paper. I chose the Midnight Sentiments patterned paper. Tip: for a fun border, leave on the strip at the bottom of the paper and cut off a strip at the top of the paper to keep the 12″ x 12″ size.
I copied & pasted four photos (each 5 cm x 7 cm) into MS Word and printed them. Next, I placed them on the pumpkin, not quite in the middle but a bit to the right. The embellishing came next. I added die-cuts, stickers, puffy stickers, drops of paint and machine stitching. Last but not least came the hand journaling and my page was done! Tip: to give more dimension to your page, use Sticky Thumb Dimensional Adhesive Foam to adhere some of the die-cuts, like the ghost below:
I hope I was able to give you a bit of inspiration and some helpful tips so that you’ll give paper weaving a try too. Tip: use paper weaving for something other than just a square, maybe try a pumpkin (or a ghost, a bat or an owl)!
Supplies I used:
Midnight Haunting Ephemera (733654)
Midnight Haunting Puffy Stickers (733656)
Midnight Haunting Cardstock Stickers (733653)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Midnight Sentiments (733639)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Whirling Leaves (733640)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Pumpkin Patch (733642)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Eyes on You (733643)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Autumn Plaid (733644)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Creepy Crawly (733646)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Batty (733649)
Midnight Haunting Double-Sided Cardstock 12″x12″ Pumpkin Plain (733650)
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner & Refill (340261)
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Dimensional Adhesive Foam (340272)
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Double-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape (340264)