You know those thin 12" long strips of paper at the bottoms of American Crafts patterned papers that have the barcode on them and then the other side is a pattern and you just don't want to throw them away but don't really know what to do with them? Never fear! This week our talented Design Team has come up with some creative solutions to make the most of these patterned barcode strips! Wendy McKee, Shannon Zickel, and yours truly, have each created a layout to show you how to use this fun and versatile product.
Supplies: Barcode strips from Confetti patterned papers, Lucky Lemon Twist (35331) - Confetti, 12x12 White Cardstoc (71081) - AC Cardstock, Heart White (53092) - Thickers
Wendy says, "I used lots of different strips from the bottoms of the papers. I chose ones that match all the colours in the photograph, then I used them to mat the photo instead of plain cardstock. I added a banner looking finish to each of the strips to add more detail. I used a normal yellow piece of paper to cut up and make it look like a sun even though it was freezing that day! I tried to copy the writing on the ice cream sign for the placement of the title."
Supplies: 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, Thing of Beauty Paper (35370) - Peachy Keen, Dainty Paper (35404) - Hello Sunshine, Forest Gardens Paper (35226) - City Park, Trail (64003) - Remarks, Gate (85509) - Remarks, Forest Chestnut (53159) - Thickers, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Sunshine (72012) - Delights, Sotheby's (42457) - Remarks, Chestnut (59512) - Pigment Ink, Leaf (59508) - Pigment Ink, Powder 59505) - Pigment Ink, Clay (59513) - Pigment Ink, Black Precision Pen .03 (62311) - Pens & Markers
Shannon remarks, "I gasped when I first saw the new AC papers with the coordinating patterned tear off strips on the reverse of the barcodes. I have been known to use lots of small strips on my layout, and these strips now simplify the process - I know I will have perfectly coordinating strips to go with my design and no more cutting, just rip and go!"
Supplies: Barcode strips from Margarita, Confetti, Peachy Keen, Hello Sunshine, Campy Trails, and The Classics patterned papers, 12x12 Vanilla Cardstock (71041) - AC Cardstock, 12x12 Kraft Cardstock (71464) - AC Cardstock, .03 Brown (62316) - Precision Pen, Hardcover Brown Sugar (53137) - Thickers, Coffee Velvet with Scallops (58348) - Ribbon, Solid Glue Runner (61711) - This to That, Party Favor (72007) - Delights, Dedication (82303) - Mementos, Prince (82302) - Mementos
I love the look of paper weaving - any excuse to use tons of patterned papers on my layouts is OK in my book! Plus it lets me use a subtle amount of pink on my little boy pages. To create this weaved barcode strips heart I cut a 10" square of scrap cardstock, weaved my favorite barcode strips across it, then I flipped the whole piece over and drew a heart on the back, trimmed around it, and glued it to my background cardstock. I also handcut a banner from Kraft cardstock - I love the bit of dimension it adds!
Come back tomorrow for a step-by-step photo tutorial using barcode strips that is ultra cool!