Hi friends! It’s Cristin here! Thanks for joining me today on the blog. I’d love to show you a fun layout that I’ve been playing with lately using a page of digital washi strips. Several digital sets in the Illustrated Faith Print and Pray Shop include a page of washi strips that you can print over and over again. Because sometimes you need a lot of washi love on your pages! A few weeks ago, I printed a sheet of washi by artist Mandy Ford. The page I created with the strips (below photo) was so much fun that I decided to recreate it with Brianna Showalter’s new set, ‘Tis so Sweet.
I’ll show a few step by step photos, just in case you’d like to try out this layout. Back when I scrapbooked all the time, we used to call it “scraplifting” when you followed a layout formula someone else designed. Scraplifting is fun because you already know your page is going to turn out cute before you even start!
I love Brianna’s set with the popsicles and fun ice cream treats. I like to print washi strips on both sticker paper and cardstock. For this technique, though, I’m using cardstock because I also want to sand the paper to distress the edges and make it vintage-y looking. Not ‘rusty metal sign’ vintage, but ‘faded floral sheets dried in the sun all soft and beautiful’ vintage. Your favorite blue jeans all soft and broken-in vintage.
If you lightly sand the edges and a few spots here and there, it creates a nice, weathered look. Don’t worry about sanding it too much (because the printing comes off very easily), because you can always print more if you hate it! To get an even more torn and tattered edge, use the edge of a scissors blade to really tear it up. This sanding block pictured above is handy to hang onto and makes sanding super fast.
After the strips are all ready (sanded or not sanded, whatever you want!), adhere them to the page, overlapping here and there while spacing out in other spots. Make sure your colors are distributed pretty evenly. I like to let the edges hang off the page and then flip the page over and cut them all off at once. Save the cut off pieces for the top of the page and punching out a page tab.
Adding blobs of paint is also fun. I like to use any and all brands, as long as the color is spot-on, that’s all that matters. I’ve also highlighted the verse here in Psalm 9:10. I love this reminder that today and every day I can always go to God. I can put all my cares and worries in His hands. He can handle it! It’s so sweet to trust in Jesus!
I like to dab on the paint with no real plan, just here and there, overlapping the strips, filling in the gaps and going onto the edge of the page. Because of all the sparkles and fun dots in this digital set, I also used a white gel pen to add dots on top of my paint blobs.
Next, I added the focal point – the two treats on top of the page. Why stop with the layers, there? Wordfetti on top of the strips adds one more layer to the washi party on the page.
That’s all, friends. Do you think you’ll try a washi strip layout or even sanding your elements? I’d love to see if you do! Tag me on Instagram @plyswthscissors so I can see what you create!! Thank you for joining me here today!
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