Let's get this month of May off to a great start with another installment of Product Shuffle. We get down to the basics and play with something that is guaranteed to be in your own craft stash. Cardstock! Some of us still use it on every layout, but more and more people seem of forget to use them, opting instead for pattern paper as it adds more depth to the page. So dust off your cardstock and let me show you some new ways to add them to your page and add depth and dimension as well.
Along with the cardstock, I played with the Now and Then collection by My Mind's Eye. The paper in this gorgeous collection is so playful on one side and more vintage on the other side. It is very versatile and could be used for many different occasions.
There are also many different accessories that coordinate with this collection, like the small Flair Pins that I added to the layout. They are just so cute!
So let's get down to it. How do I normally use cardstock? I usually use it as the base of my layout. I like my page to be sturdy so I usually glue everything down on cardstock. I also like to mat my pictures and sometimes my pattern paper on cardstock. For this layout I did the same, but with a twist. I used my trusty dry embossing stylus and my trusty cutter as a guide to emboss lines across my base page and my picture mat. Using the notch where the cutter usually glides and the measurements on the cutter, I get straight and even lines with my stylus.
Now have you ever been at a crop and you forgot your twine or your hemp. Or you simply could not find the specific shade of twine you needed to thread you button? I've got the solution for you! Use your cardstock! Cut the smallest sliver of paper you can and there you have it! Both buttons on my layout have paper thread in them from the navy blue cardstock I used as the base and as the mats.
I also used paper to thread the banner. Perfectly coordinated twine.
Here is my finished layout.
To complete the layout I used Close to my Heart cardstock, Bo Bunny, Prima and Maya Road flowers, Thickers by American Crafts, blooming ribbon by Tim Holtz and an acetate butterfly by Studio Calico.
I hope you like it and I hope you tune in next week for another product shuffle where I use the vintage side of this same collection.
Also, be sure to check out the blog and the Facebook page this Saturday for loads of surprises for National Scrapbooking Day. You will not want to miss it!