Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Washi Tape Challenge: A Colorful Layout by Mendi

Hello Doodlebugs!  It's Mendi here today with a layout putting the spotlight on washi tape!  Doodlebug has so many fun patterns and I have been wanting to do something cool with them to make a dent in my stash for a long time.  :)
I decided using them on a scrapbook page background would be perfect!  I cut my page background on my Silhouette using a variety of basic flower shapes arranged on the diagonal.  For my title I paired doodlebug's adorable sugarcoated Shin-dig alphabet stickers with the word "life" which I also cut out on my Silhouette.
I wanted to highlight the transparent properties of the washi tape so I sandwiched my tape strips between two identical sheets of cardstock cutouts and one layer of vellum.  I have put together a little photo tutorial sharing how I achieved this fun look.
To start off, you will need to cut (2) 12x12 backgrounds of your choice.  For the bottom piece, adhere vellum to backside and draw horizontal guide lines across to make lining up your washi tape easier.  These lines don't have to be a precise distance apart, but I found them so helpful since as I worked I discovered my natural tendency was to make them start to slant one direction or another.
Working from one end, alternate your washi tapes, cutting off or tearing any that may encroach on the nearby flowers of another color.
When you lay the duplicate die-cut background over the top, it gives you a clean-cut flower.
I snap a picture to share a view of the back of my page when my layout was complete.  It's hard to tell, but the vellum has been adhered and pieced together (since I only had 8-1/2 x 11 sheets on hand).  I found my two 12x12 backgrounds were difficult to adhere around the delicate edges so I chose to stitch around the perimeter to keep them from pulling up and getting snagged as I worked on embellishing the rest of my page.
Here's another look at the final result. I pulled in additional rainbow images and tape from Doodlebug's Springtime and Happy Go Lucky collections.
I hope I've inspired you to try this fun background on your next project.  I think it would look awesome done with a variety of shapes and patterns!


  1. Mendi this is amazing! Love all your work and plan to try this one.

  2. This is gorgeous!! Wonderful use of the washi and flower cutouts.

  3. Mendi this LO is awsome!!! Love it!!

  4. This is such an amazing, happy layout! Thank you for sharing your technique!

  5. OMG Your LO is gorgeous. Your little girl is so beautiful and what darling pics. Love your gorgeous LO the colors your brilliant clever and creative ideas and you sure had lots of them. Awesome journaling too...loved your story share. You are a very talented scrapper.

    YOU so ROCK!!


    LOVE EVERYTHING about your layout Mendi - it is AMAZING & EXCITING - LOVE IT ALL!!!

  7. THIS IS BLOOMING SPECTACULAR!!! I love the rainbow of blooms and the very precise and totally cool work you did on each of the members of this beautiful page!!! Awesomely done - Mendi - you are one of a kind and I admire you!!!!

  8. LOVE the flowers and the use of the washi tape, great layout!


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