Decorative Tape Ideas for Layouts

Roll out the style on your scrapbook layouts using these ideas for decorative tape.

Make Tape Flowers

Design by Hilary Kanswischer

The adhesive on decorative tape makes it easy to gather it into a flower shape. Just fold tape onto itself at one edge, lightly pressing it at points of contact to create pleats, and then coil it into a circle. Add a button center. Or twist the tape onto itself and then roll into a spiral to make a unique flower embellishment.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper (floral, yellow gingham), The Girls? Paperie (blue gingham). Stickers: Crate Paper (words), Pink Paislee (letters), The Girls? Paperie (ruler, blue scallop). Felt accent: KI Memories. Brads: Prima Marketing, Inc. Pin: The Girls' Paperie. Wood accents: Pink Paislee.

Make It Stick

Design by Erin Clarkson

Use decorative tape to adhere your photos in a stylish way, and trim the ends with decorative-edge scissors for added oomph. Long strips of tape spanning both pages help tie this two-page layout together.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: SP Chi Town off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Doodlebug Design (heart). Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp (orange-and-white dot), Hobby Lobby (star), Pink Paislee (black-and-white dot, gray pattern). Chipboard accents: BoBunny Press (arrow), Little Yellow Bicycle ("sweet times ahead"). Decorative-edge scissors: Provo Craft. Digital template: Quick Collage 306.

Make a Shape

Design by Wendy Sue Anderson

Layer tape strips over a large chipboard shape to create a unique pattern. Flip the shape over, place it on a glass mat, and use a sharp craft knife to trim away excess tape.


SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Core'dinations (black). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (teal), BasicGrey (pink). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Echo Park. Decorative tape: Making Memories (gold), Pink Paislee (pink, teal), Tapetastic (red dot, black dot). Chipboard accents: Making Memories (large snowflake), Little Yellow Bicycle (small snowflakes). Die cuts: Echo Park. Brads: Making Memories. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success.

Line Up Journaling

Design by Anita Matejka

Cut tape into strips, and then use both upper and lower edges of the tape as guidelines for journaling. It's a simple way to introduce additional color to the page--and keep your writing straight!


SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: K&Company. Brads: Recollections. Pens: EK Success. Decorative tape: American Crafts. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc.

Mat a Photo

Design by Cathy Blackstone

Cathy matted her photo with several strips of decorative tape, overlapping some of them to vary the widths. To further frame the photos, she machine-stitched partial circles over the tape. Create a title with letters trimmed from tape, but don't worry about perfect cuts. The variety of sizes adds character.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Georgia. Decorative tape: Making Memories (background), 7Gypsies (title). Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads: Around the Block (flowers), Making Memories (dots).

Weave a Background

Design by Jill Hornby

Jill created a distinctive background by weaving strips of decorative tape. To achieve the look, lay out the horizontal pieces. Lightly adhere one end while allowing the remainder of the strip to hang loose. Add vertical strips one by one, weaving them through the horizontal strips. When you're done, press firmly to secure. Jill wove her design across two pages and then cut them apart.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Tinkering Ink. Stickers: KI Memories. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (title), Around the Block (flower). Flowers: American Crafts. Paint: Folk Art.

Trim Tape with Decorative Scissors

Design by Amy Licht

Amy put her decorative scissors to use by cutting the entire length of a tape strip. (Leave the paper backing on the tape while cutting to minimize sticking.) She created depth by weaving the strips at the middle and layering chipboard pieces and designs cut from patterned paper.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (orange, green, blue), Arctic Frog (circle). Fonts: AL Uncle Charles (journaling), Dagobert ("play," "opening day '07") off the Internet. Decorative tape: Making Memories (blue, orange stripe), Gin-X (orange polka dot, green). Chipboard accents: Chatterbox ("ball"), Li'l Davis Designs ("!"). Brads: Making Memories. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

Frame Your Photos

Design by Tracy Kyle

Wide strips of sorbet-hue paper complement the simplicity of the black-and-white frame and photos on this layout. Tracy was thrilled by how easy it was to frame the main photo with tape and really make her picture pop. She trimmed the tape ends with decorative-edge scissors.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Decorative tape: 7Gypsies. Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Grommets: Making Memories.

Cover Chipboard

Design by Jenn Bertsch

To cover chipboard stars with decorative tape, Jenn attached the tape strips and folded the ends under. You also could trim around the edges with a craft knife to remove the excess. She attached the shapes with dimensional adhesive to make them stand out.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Decorative tape: Inspirables by EK Success (white with circles, blue with white dots), Heidi Swapp (all other). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (stars, letters), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("fan club"). Journaling block: Creative Imaginations.

Fringe-Trim the Edges

Design by Mellette Berezoski

Mellette layered fabric tape strips on cardstock and punched out circles of various sizes. She snipped around the edges to create the fun fringe and then layered the circles and secured them with brads. The bonus of using fabric tape? It won't fray like traditional ribbon or rip like paper!


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green dot), EK Success (blue/green/brown), American Crafts (orange, yellow). Die cuts: Autumn Leaves (tags), Fancy Pants Designs (journaling tag). Stickers: American Crafts (title), Around the Block (brackets), SEI (flower), Making Memories ("aunt"). Decorative tape: Cloud 9 Design. Chipboard accents: K&Company. Brads: SEI (pearl), K&Company (blue). Photo turn: 7Gypsies.

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