Designer: Marcia Izabel Marchiori
YouTube: MarciaBel Vlog
After months of cold weather, many of us feel an urge to spruce up our homes and embrace the energy that comes with spring!
If you're excited to decorate your home and keep the most beautiful memories, here are two projects to embrace the season: a cute decorative banner and a beautiful scrapbook layout, using combined tools and materials.
Tools & Supplies Needed
- OLFA FCM-12x17 12" X 17" Folding Cutting Mat or OLFA FCM-17x24 17" X 24" Folding Cutting Mat
- OLFA QR-6x12 6" X 12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler
- OLFA AK-4 Cushion Grip Art Knife, paired with OLFA KB4-R/5 Curved Carving Art Blade, 5pk
- OLFA AK-5 Designer Graphic Art Knife With 30 Replacement Blades assembled with the needle tip
- OLFA 28mm RTY-1/C Quick-Change Rotary Cutter
- OLFA 5-Inch SCS-4 Precision Appliqué Scissors
- 12” x 12” textured cardstock, for scrapbook page - assorted colors
- Floral cardstock, letter size: for my projects I used Riley Blake Designs Crafting Paper - Bee In My Bonnet by Lori Holt, Prairie collection
- Beige felt (app. 20 x 20”)
- Aurifil floss - beige color
- A piece of felt (used as a base when pinpoint punctures)
- Thermoweb Heat'n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive or similar
- Paper hole puncher
- Floral embellishments
- Assorted photos
- Iron & iron board (to apply Heat'n Bond adhesive)
- Pencil, brush pen & eraser
- Print template to scale, cut patterns and photos, then gather all tools and materials.
- For each floral cardstock you’ll use (for the “Hello" banner I’ve used five different patterns), measure and cut rectangles to size from the Heat'n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive.
- Apply Heat'n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive to the back of each floral cardstock using an iron (according to manufacture's instructions).
- Trace the bunting shape on the back of each cardstock, and cut to size using OLFA 28mm RTY-1/C Quick-Change Rotary Cutter for the straight lines, and OLFA AK-4 Cushion Grip Art Knife, paired with OLFA KB4-R/5 Curved Carving Art Blade for the diagonal lines (it will help you cutting the shapes with more precision)
- After cutting each bunting, it’s time to trace the letters to the back of each cardstock. Start by measuring 1” from the top, then position letter template to the center, and trace it.
- Cut each letter out using your OLFA AK-4 Cushion Grip Art Knife, paired with OLFA KB4-R/5 Curved Carving Art Blade.
NOTE: Cut each letter precisely, being extra careful not to cut outside the lines, as the letters are going to be used for the scrapbook pages later.
- Peel off Heat'n Bond protective sheet from each bunting, then cut felt with a margin, as shown below.
- Iron cardstock (with adhesive) to felt.
- Cut the margins using the same principle from before: OLFA rotary cutter for the straight lines and OLFA AK-4 Art Knife for diagonals.
- Measure and mark the hole to pass the twine, then punch each hole with the puncher.
- Using OLFA ruler and AK-5 Designer Graphic Art Knife assembled with the needle tip, pinpoint punctures all over the edge of each letter, spacing the holes with a distance of 1/4”.
The back should look like this:
- Using the Aurifil floss (all the strands) start run stitching, pulling the needle through the holes you created, tying a knot on the back when finishing it.
- Pass the twine through the bunting holes, then your banner is ready to be hung!
- Using the remaining templates, cut out all the shapes (for scrapbook page buntings and the photos) using your OLFA ruler and the OLFA AK-4 Art Knife, then assemble the scrapbook pages, layering the pieces according to indicated in the template page.
- Handwrite “spring" under the “HELLO" letters, using a brushpen.
- Attach floral embellishments, according to your preference,
And your scrapbook pages are ready! These are the results:
Have a lovely spring!