Friday, November 29, 2013

Funky Background Tutorial

Happy Friday friends,

For those of you not shopping today, I've put together a little tutorial on how I created this funky background.

This layout was originally created for Creative Scrappers Sketch #256
I knew I could pull out my Cameo to create a file for this type of cut, but figured it would be faster to simply pull out a scrap piece of cover stock and get to work.
 I measured out a 7x7" square piece of cover stock, marked the centre spot, and drew lines at various widths from centre to the edge.
 I then numbered all my wedges, making it easier to recreate the shape with my patterned paper.
 I then got to work cutting.  The original background in the sketch was more of a perfect hexagon, but I wanted to change it up a little so I cut various portions off the end of my wedges.
I traced the numbered shapes onto scraps.  I mostly used those of the School House collection, but I see a little Happy Place in there too.  I then used just a touch of adhesive to glue each piece to another scrap piece of paper (just regular paper will do, no need for a heavy textured paper here).
 Once all my pieces were cut and aligned, I then used my sewing machine to stitch the sections together.  Then I trimmed off all the excess scrap paper underneath my shape.  And voila, your background is finished.

Because I'm still in love with banners I added one here using that gorgeous woodgrain patterned paper.  Topped with a few veneer shapes, I think it's pretty darn cute.
For my title is free hand drew a semi circle around my funky background, and then lined up alphas to create my title.  Because these alphas tend to have trouble sticking, I stitched through them as well.
For the finishing touch I added a bit of journaling and some of the fabulous gold star rub ons from our Good Tidings Collection.  There you have it, easy peasy right?!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Oh, and if you're still in the mood to shop, be sure to check out our super spectacular Black Friday sales here.


beckyjune said...

beautiful job, Sherri!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is one of my all time FAVE Sherri lo's! I loveeeee the funky pie shape she created and love love love the title work!!!!

Veronica Milan said...

Oh Sherri, I am taking time from packing LOTS of orders to tell you just how awesome you are! I love this! Thank you for all your hard work. I appreciate you!

rhonda nickol said...

I love everything about this layout!

antilight said...

This is simply amazing :))))

Ashley Horton said...

Such a fun technique Sherri!! Love the way that background looks behind your photos, and the little wood grain banner is so cute! And the stitching is so AWESOME! You rocked this one!

Sherri said...

Wow, what a nice to surprise to pop back here and see so much love. Thank you so, so much for your comments, I feel truly blessed xo

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