Wednesday, January 14, 2015

American Crafts | 10+ Patterned Papers

Hello all!

I had a tutorial up on the American Crafts blog yesterday that I would like to share with you!  For this weeks assignment we were challenged to use 10+ patterned papers.  I decided to make a home decor piece for my project.

I like to switch out the frames and art deco pieces in my home every so often, to give it a fresh look. Using a selection of patterned papers to create new art is a simple and cost effective way to achieve this look.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy (369181) - Little Things Paper, Dear Lizzy (369185) - Hello Beautiful Paper, Dear Lizzy (369186) - Summer Breeze Paper, Dear Lizzy (369187) - One Fine Day Paper, Dear Lizzy (369191) - Good Vibes Paper, Dear Lizzy (369192) - Bloom Paper, Dear Lizzy (369195) - Razzleberry Paper, Dear Lizzy (369196) - Liz Lemon Paper, Dear Lizzy (369200) - Blueberry Paper, HomeMade (732610) - Foil Cardstock Gold, This To That (61707) - Double Sided Tape

1.  Begin by selecting a frame that you would like to display your artwork.  Take out the matte from inside the picture frame and trace it onto white poster board.  Measure it onto four identical pieces and cut them out, like so:

2.  Next, Trim out several pieces of patterned paper each measuring 5/8" x 12" long.

3.  Next, take one of the patterned paper strips and lie it diagonally across the center of each of the four pieces.  Use double sided tape to adhere it down.  Trim off the excess ends with scissors.  Do this for each individual piece.

4.  Now, begin to build your pattern, by filling each pattern piece with diagonal patterned paper strips (each measuring about 5/8" apart).

When you are finished filling up each of the four pieces, adhere them to the inside matting of the frame, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today, for more inspiring ideas visit the American Crafts Design Team Gallery here.


  1. This is such a great idea Gina! Really awesome home decor piece!!

  2. What a super fun looks amazing!