Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Party with our new Pattern Basics papers!

I'm so excited to share our new papers with you! We're calling them Pattern Basics and they come in three different color families. Watch our online store for these beauties . . . they're coming real soon!

What's the story with these patterned paper collections?  It all started with a thread in the Coffeehouse where our members and customers were begging for requesting some smaller generic prints Club Scrap would always keep in stock; papers with really cool patterns that would complement the plain and printed kit papers. So, being the people-pleasers we are, we (well, really, Jac) designed this set of patterned paper to fill that request! 

They're printed onto text-weight white paper, so you can feel free to layer and collage them, without adding a lot of bulk to your artwork. They also lend themselves well to tearing, shredding and distressing, which exposes the white core of the paper. Cool, eh? (I have so many ideas dancing around in my head already!)

Being the Pinterest-addict that I am, I have a board filled with cool projects I want to do in that ever-elusive "free time". One of those projects was the perfect way to "play" with my new Pattern Basics papers! We celebrated my husband's birthday yesterday, so the kids and I wanted a fun way to spruce up the joint. Check out this coolness:

I found the basic instructions on the blog link, but since all of the measurements were metric, I had to do a few minor alterations. Her tutorial was awesome, but if you're interested, measurements and instructions for my version of the project are below.

Well, what do you think? If these designs go over well, and the demand is there, we'll design even more sets in the future. Now that's a reason to partay!

Paper Lantern Garland
(3) 12x12 Pattern Basics Papers
54" Twine, trimmed into 6" lengths (Plus extra for hanging)
Grid Ruler
Bookbinding Glue
Bone Folder
Craft Knife/Cutting Mat

Trim each 12x12 paper at 8". Rotate the 8x12" horizontally, and cut at 8" and 4". Rotate the 4x12" horizontally, and trim at 8".

Rotate one 4x8"from each color vertically, and cut at 3.5", 3", 2.5", 2", 1.5" and 1". 

Score and fold each remaining 4x8" in half vertically, with the print on the outside, burnishing with a bone folder to make a nice, crisp crease.

Open the folded piece and flatten on your work surface, white side facing up. Using the grid ruler and pencil, mark a vertical line 1/2" from each long edge, (parallel to the fold).

Rotate. Using a craft knife, cutting mat, and the grid ruler as a guide, cut straight lines between the long pencil lines, every 1/2". 

Apply bookbinding glue to one short end 1/2" section. Wrap around to the other short end and adhere.

Staple each end of a 6" length of twine to the top of the lantern. Use bookbinding glue to wrap a 1/2 x 8" strip (in a contrasting print) around each end of the lantern.

Repeat with remaining eight lanterns, for a total of nine. String along desired length of twine to hang. 

Creatively yours, 


  1. OMG! These are going to be in the Pro Shop, right? I'm coming in a couple of weeks and I'm buying them all. (seriously. stock up)

  2. Och . . . I wasted all of that money on pre-made lights. I need to watch your Pinterest boards a little more carefully, Karen. Love this!!!

  3. Text weight paper + envelope punch board = ENVELOPES, ENVELOPES, ENVELOPES!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Want ... need .... can't wait!!

  5. Love, Love, Love,
    Love the papers, love the project, love it all!!!!!

  6. YES YES YES!! So super excited about these papers!!! Can't wait to get my hands on all of them.

    Karen, your lanterns are so COOL!!! Great job decorating for your hubby's birthday!

  7. i LOVE these! Can't wait, want to order them all. Great idea!
    Connie (who wishes she knew how to "select profile" below w/o being "anonymous")

  8. excellent - when will they be available?!

    1. Hi, Carolyn, they are live and available now! :) Here's a link:

  9. I can't wait to see those patterns up close and personal! Going shopping now!

  10. Wow! The new papers are BEAUTIFUL! Such a nifty idea, I'm sure they will be a huge hit.

    I love your little lanterns as well Karen, they are so cute! Would be great for so many different decorating themes.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. what a fun thing to make

  12. I am so EXCITED!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these. I see more beautiful paper dresses in the near future. Text weight will be so much easier to work with and all those beautiful colors and patterns!

  13. I love love love these too! I'm getting them all! I love patterned paper, but I LOVE Club Scrap patterned paper the best!!


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