Do-It-Yourself Flower Accents
Design by Lisa Storms
With creative folding, round doilies from the cake-decorating aisle of the crafts store turn into textural flowers for a layout. For each flower, fold five doilies in half. Fold each doily again, this time a little more than half. Fold the last fold back again, only halfway. Glue the tips of the folded doilies together, and adhere a punched cardstock circle to the center to secure.
Editor's Tip: Customize them by inking or chalking them to match your background papers.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Bella Blvd (black), My Mind's Eye (green). Stickers: American Crafts (title), Little Yellow Bicycle (pink circle), Sassafras (green circle). Brads: Fancy Pants Designs. Ink: Clearsnap. Doilies: Wilton.
Hand-Cut Tiny Flower Scrapbooking Embellishments
Design by Jennifer Perks
Jennifer drew flowers, stems, and leaves on cardstock, then she hand-cut the piecings to use on her scrapbook page. After layering flowers of different colors and sizes, she bent the petals upward for dimension. Button centers add character to her blooms. Jennifer placed florals on torn and layered pieces of green patterned paper for a grassy look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (cloud, green swirl, green graph), BoBunny Press (pink). Font: CAC Pinafore (journaling), Century ("&") off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories ("bloom"), Queen & Co. ("grow"). Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Punches: EK Success.
Spring Circles Flowers
Design by Vicki Boutin
One of the simplest ways to create whimsical paper flowers is to cut or punch different-size circles from a variety of patterned paper. Then just crumple and fold each circle, layering the smaller circles atop the larger. A pretty brad finishes each flower.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: October Afternoon (blue grid, blue crosses), Sassafras (green scalloped background, ducks, music notes, raspberry floral, pink floral). Stickers, rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Die cuts: October Afternoon. Brads: Sassafras. Stamps: Hero Arts (script), Sassafras (stitched border). Ink: Ranger Industries. Punches: Fiskars.
Turn Found Items into Scrapbooking Supplies
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki turned coffee filters into creative flower accents on this layout. To get the look, fold a coffee filter in half and spray it with dye. Let it dry, then pleat the filter to create a floral look. Accent it with a paper stem. In a hurry? Use a heat tool to quickly dry dyed filters.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (green), Jillibean Soup (kraft), October Afternoon (grid), Pink Paislee (orange), Sassafras (rust). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio ("A"), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("hate"). Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: Ranger Industries. Dye: Tattered Angels. Pen: Sakura of America. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Leah Fung
Punch and combine simple shapes to make dimensional accents, as Leah did with the pinwheel flowers on this page. Punch eight small circles, folding seven of the circles into V shapes. To make a V shape, fold the two sides of one circle in to make a point at one end. Adhere the folded circles to the center of the other circle and finish with a button center.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, buttons, flower accent, chandelier accents: Making Memories. Font: Baroque Antique Script off the Internet. Gems: Prima Marketing, Inc. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: Creative Memories (circles), Fiskars (border), Stampin' Up! (tab).
Create Pretty Rosettes from Paper Strips
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Shannon turned paper fans into pretty rosettes for her baby scrapbook page. To create a rosette, accordion-fold patterned-paper strips, making each fold about 1/2" wide. Adhere the ends of the strip to form a circle and, in preparation, apply dry adhesive where you'll place the flower on your page. Cup the rosette in your hands, push the center together, and press onto the adhesive. Add crafts glue to reinforce the center and outer edges if necessary.
To get the grouped look on Shannon's page, overlap the rosettes by interlocking the accordion folds. This groups the flowers without adding height.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, decorative paper, chipboard accents, rubber accent: KI Memories. Stickers: Luxe Designs (labels), KI Memories (glittered flowers). Adhesive: The Ultimate Glue by the Adhesive Products.
Sticker Letter Flowers
Design by Lisa Storms
Get creative with your letter stickers to create accents for your scrapbook pages. On this layout, leftover letters become loopy flowers. Mix upper and lowercase "o" stickers with zeros for a fresh take on flower petals.
Editor's Tip: Vary the look by using sideways "c" stickers as petals. Instead of cutting, overlap and adhere the two ends of the letter.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (music), Autumn Leaves (white floral), BoBunny Press (cream dot), My Mind's Eye (scalloped floral). Font: Adorable off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (title), Cloud 9 Design (green, orange, pink letters), Heidi Grace Designs (teal letters).
Wrinkle Paper Circles to Make a Flower
Design by Becky Novacek
Becky cut four circles from cardstock, then crumpled and layered them to create her striking flower accent. She topped it with a button and floss for extra interest. Choose cardstock that doesn't already have a texture to make sure the wrinkles are visible.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Gems: Melissa Frances. Punches, decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Sheri Reguly
Masking helps you layer multiple stamped images without each layer peeking through the top one, such as the stamped flowers on this page. Stamp your flower on a sheet of paper. Stamp the same image on a sticky note and carefully trim around it. Cover your stamped images with the masks cut from sticky notes. Stamp the larger background stamp. Remove the masks and add your stamped paper to your layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (journaling block), Echo Park Paper Co. (stripe), KI Memories (damask), October Afternoon (wood grain). Font: Comic Sans MS (journaling), Cursive Standard (title). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (heart, flowers), October Afternoon (label). Rub-ons, ink: Autumn Leaves ("love life"), October Afternoon ("a perfect kind of day"). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Brads, buttons: BasicGrey. Pin: K&Company. Ribbon: American Crafts. Stamps: Hero Arts. Chalk: Pebbles, Inc. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette SD.
Make Flowers from Scalloped Patterned Paper
Design by Leah Fung
Leah started with scalloped circles to create her flowers. She misted each paper circle twice on each side with a spray bottle, then accordion-folded pleats around the circle and pinched the bottom. To attach the flower, flatten the pinched bottom and place in a circle of glue on a scrap piece of paper. Flatten the flower and let dry. Finally, cut the scrap paper around the flower and glue a small paper flower and brad to the center. If you don't have a spray bottle to dampen your patterned paper, wet your hands and pat the paper on both sides.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Penmanship Print ("being your mom") off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Brads, stickers: Making Memories. Gems, paper flowers, leaves: Prima Marketing. Punches: Marvy Uchida. Software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.
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.
Loop Ribbon Flowers
Design by Nia Reddy
Add three-dimensional panache to your pages with whimsical ribbon flowers. Nia crafted graphic blossoms by looping 4-inch lengths of coordinating ribbon and attaching them to the backs of hand-cut circles.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Fragile by Two Peas in a Bucket. Ribbon: American Crafts. Stickers: K&Company (epoxy), Pebbles Inc. (border). Brads: Making Memories.
Doodle Floral Designs
Design by Kellie Crowe
Kelli created a layered design of doodled flowers by starting with a circle. She drew some of her spirals directly on the background and others on scraps of cardstock and then punched out the pieces before mounting them with adhesive foam. She doodled the leaves on vellum and stitched them to the layout to add more texture to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories (dark blue), Die Cuts with a View (light blue, dark green). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Pens: American Crafts. Adhesive foam: EK Success. Photo: Deborah Triplett.
Tissue Paper Flowers
Design by Jennifer Perks
Tissue paper flowers add great delicate accents to a spring layout. Punch scalloped circles from two to three pieces of tissue paper stacked on cardstock. Layer circles of tissue paper (large to small) in different colors, eight to 12 layers thick. Fold in half at the straight edge, then accordion-fold the layers. Wrap wire around the middle and twist it gently. Then fan out the layers. Add a brad or gem to the center.
SOURCES: Cardstock: My Mind's Eye (light purple), Xerox (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (leaf), My Mind's Eye (dot). Font: Splendid 66 off the Internet. Tissue paper: Hallmark. Stickers: BasicGrey (tab), Doodlebug Design (letters). Ribbon: Offray. Brad: Making Memories. Button: The Paper Studio. Gems: Queen & Co. Sewing supplies: Coats & Clark (thread), DMC Corp. (embroidery floss). Pens: American Crafts. Punches: Marvy Uchida (scalloped circle), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge, photo corner). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Adhesive: Glue Dots, Tombo Mono (dry).
Embellish Epoxy-Sticker Centers
Design by Patricia Anderson
To create the flower centers, Patricia painted the backs of clear epoxy stickers pink and then used a cotton swab to paint white dots on the fronts. She attached them to painted silk flowers.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Paper Loft (pink), BasicGrey (blue). Font: Think Small ("future") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Arial (journaling). Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Making Memories (epoxy circles). Label holder: K&Company. Photo corners: Hirschberg Schultz Co. Tag: Avery Dennison. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Jump ring: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray, May Arts.
Baker's Twine Flowers
Design by Tonya Prawitt
Give your punched flowers pizzazz by gluing baker's twine around the edges. Use a glue pen to apply a thin line of adhesive along the edge of each shape. Once the glue is nearly dry, press the twine into the tacky glue, creating the border.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, brads, baker's twine: Doodlebug Design. Font: Wendy (journaling) off the Internet. Punches: The Paper Studio. Liquid adhesive: Sakura of America.
Spiral Punched Circles
Design by Polly Maly
Whip out your circle punches to craft simple, graphic flowers. Polly created her flowers by spiraling five punched circles of patterned paper, machine-stitching along the edges for texture, and tying a button in the center of each. For fuller flowers, layer more circles and vary the sizes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, letter stickers: Doodlebug Design. Font: Kathleen off the Internet. Paint: Plaid. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Janna Wilson
Use bright patterned tags for a background. Tie baker's twine to each tag and staple the twine to the edge of the layout. Bright colors make the twine an easy accent. Easily create pretty rosettes with cardstock scraps and gems. All you'll need is a 1" circle and a 3/4x12" strip of cardstock. Dampen the cardstock strip using a spray bottle or wet cloth to make the paper more flexible. To make the flowers, pleat the strip, forming a tight circle as you pleat. Continue until the flower reaches the desired size.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, pink, yellow), Recollections (white). Patterned paper: Bella Blvd (gray), Cosmo Cricket (yellow, pink, green). Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Transparencies, calendar, journaling card: Cut & Create Designs by Janna Wilson. Gems: Jo-Ann Stores. Staples: Office Depot. String: The Twinery. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Melissa Chapman
Create your own "lacy" flowers by hand-cutting intricate designs from white cardstock. Using a craft knife, Melissa hand-cut the flower accents on this layout. She punched metal brads through the centers and overlapped the shapes to frame the bottom and right side of her layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Fonts: Geosans Light (journaling), Sloop (script) off the Internet, Garden Party (flowers) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Brads: Making Memories.
Mask off the Area
Design by Lisa McGarvey
Lisa used a premade stenciling mask to paint the blue Hawaiian flower on this layout. You could make a custom stencil by hand-cutting your own flower design from vellum. Tape down the stencil with removable tape to prevent it from slipping. To create a blotchy effect, use a round stenciling brush with stiff bristles and apply the paint with a gentle pounding motion.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (diagonal stripe). Scrapworks (yellow stripe), Provo Craft (multicolor stripe). Chipboard letters, stenciling mask, journaling tag: Heidi Swapp. Pen: American Crafts. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Ribbon: Strano Designs.
Stamp Flower Centers
Design by Stacey George
Add extra detail to flower shapes by stamping round images onto the centers. Stacey hand-drew some playful flowers on patterned paper before stamping her starburst images. To complement her whimsical design, she doodled lines and swirl shapes radiating from each petal.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Paper Heart Studio. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Stamps: Technique Tuesday (flower centers). EK Success (alphabet, date).
Layer Fabric Flowers
Design by Patricia Anderson
To soften a page, layer flowers cut from leftover fabric. This is a great way to recycle clothes you no longer want. Patricia secured denim accents with crystal brads to add a little bling to her sophisticated layout. The simple shapes nicely complement the more detailed patterned-paper background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Hearts Galore (heart) off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling). Ink: Ranger Industries. Fabric flowers, rhinestone brads: Making Memories. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts.
Repurpose Die-Cut Shapes
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Think outside the box with your dies -- simple shapes can easily be used as petals and leaves on a layout. Renee transformed paper-clip die cuts into dimensional pink blossoms made from patterned paper and cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: Junkitz (bright pink), Provo Craft (light pink). Font: Antique off the Internet. Die, die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Buttons, brads: Junkitz. Label holder: Creative Imaginations.
Design by Jennifer Bertsch
If you're not sure how to incorporate a busy patterned paper into a clean, simple layout, try trimming a few bold designs from the paper and add them to your page. Jennifer also cut elements from word-print paper and a coordinating pattern to create the green collage in the lower right corner of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Tania Willis
Lightly sketch simple flower shapes on your layout with a pencil and hand-stitch over the designs with embroidery floss. To save time, pierce along your marks before stitching. Tania gave each bloom its own unique look by varying the flower centers with rhinestones, conchos, and a crocheted flower.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (paisley), SEI (dots), Provo Craft (stripe). Stamps, twill: Karen Foster Design. Ink: Karen Foster Design (white), Clearsnap (brown), Ranger Industries (walnut stain). Dye: Making Memories. Floss: Karen Foster Design (white), DMC (teal, orange, coral, green). Conchos: Scrapworks (blue), Karen Foster Design (orange). Acrylic letters: KI Memories. Crocheted flower: SEI.
Stick Foil Tape
Design by Amy Howe
Create a batch of delightful flower accents by placing thin strips of foil tape side by side. Amy crafted the flowers by placing the tape strips on cardstock and then cutting out the flower shape. For a more interesting textural effect, she used matte-finish buttons and cardstock to accentuate the shiny foil surface of her flowers.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned papers: Sandylion Sticker Designs (orange dot), Making Memories (flower, red circle), BasicGrey (green). Fonts: Arial Narrow (journaling), Arial Bold (date). Chipboard letters: Making Memories ("s"), BasicGrey (all other). Paint: FolkArt. Buttons: Buttons Galore. Foil tape: Ranger Industries.
Spruce Up Chipboard
Design by Nia Reddy
White scalloped-edge chipboard circles already resemble posies. Nia brightened up the shapes with punched cardstock circles and colorful word and epoxy stickers. She clustered them on one side of her page for a pleasing asymmetrical balance.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Autumn Leaves (purple epoxy), K&Company (words), Pebbles Inc. (green strip). Rub-ons: K&Company ("us"). Chipboard shapes: Technique Tuesday. Ribbon: Offray.
Design a Digital Vine Border
Design by Heather Melzer
Digitally color sections of a floral dingbat and then copy and paste the dingbat several times to create a beautiful photo border. After you adjust the point size, convert the dingbat to an image file (see your software's help section) and shade it by selecting sections with the Magic Wand tool and filling them with color. Heather applied a drop shadow to her finished spray of flowers to make it look more dimensional.
SOURCES: Software: Digital Image Pro. Fonts: MBell (journaling), Traditional Floral (flowers) off the Internet. Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials (paper).