Monday, February 15, 2010

Tip & Technique: Origami Flowers

I have pretty much been a paper nerd my entire life. :) My parents own a copy & print shop which meant paper & ink were regular terms at my house growing up. One year my parents gave me a set of Origami Books for my birthday.

While cleaning out a cupboard last week, I came across them and remembered how much fun they were. I thumbed through the pages again and to my delight I found instructions on making an origami flower. As a scrapbooker, I KNEW I had to try it right away. Hehehehe!

Here are the instructions (click to enlarge and print):

And here is my resulting page. :)

I used the Brand New SEASIDE COTTAGE kit (Just TWO left!!!) for this page. Seriously!! What a fun kit! I created the flowers from the lighter weight 7 Gypsies paper. It's fun to have the two-different patterns show. :) I used my pinking shears to cut two circles from the pink seersucker fabric and the Jenni Bowlin Vintage-Style Buttons as flower centers. Swoon!!!

I used the doilie from the kit as a mask and then misted my background paper with Shimmerz Bed of Roses Spritz and Hot Fudge Vibez. I also used Pixie Dust Blingz by Shimmerz Paints on the title letters to make them sparkle. :)

A little backstory about the title on this page. As most parents do, I have little nicknames for my kids. Not only individually, but in groups. I call my two older children "The Olders" . . . "Hey, Olders, go and get your homework done!" And my two little ones "The Girls" or "The Littles." I also have a name for my youngest and oldest . . . they are "My Bookends" because they come first and last. :)

I snapped a picture of these two in the car one day while we were on vacation and this page was born. :)


I also wanted to share this page with you that I created for the current Noel Mignon "Lovely Color" Challenge that went up today on the challenge blog .

For this page I used the Object of My Affection kit, a few Heidi Swapp felt butterflies, and paints and mists from Shimmerz Paints.

First, I handcut my clouds from white cardstock and embossed them using my Cuttlebug. I used the Swiss Dots and Houndstooth folders. When I held my clouds up to my page they were too bright against the other off-white elements of my page. I used Treasured Hymn Spritz by Shimmerz Paints to tone them down and give them an antinque feeling.

Next, I added Morning Mist Pearlz by Shimmerz Paints along the edges of the clouds. I like how it made them feel more dimensional. The final touch was a coat of Pixie Dust Blingz by Shimmerz Paints . Now my clouds are sparkly and magical! :D I wish I could take pictures to do them justice! They are so sparkly and FUN!!! The felt layered butterflies are also sparkling with a coat of the Pixie Dust Blingz . . . what a versatile paint!

To create the scalloped edge of the red patterned paper I used the Prima packaging from the kit as a template.

Hope these tips inspire you to try something new this week!

See you again soon!


Michelle Lanning said...

just lovely! I love what you did!

Candace H said...

Jana, these layouts are fabulous! Love your techniques... so inspiring!

Virginia said...

This is so cool. You always amaze me with your details!!! I'm gonna have to try those tips out!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

these are gorgeous jana,...and loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee those flowers and those nicknames for your kids! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tammy said...

Beautiful layout! Love the origami...need to try that one. Thanks for sharing.

Shelly said...

Jana your pages are wonderful! Love the origami flowers!!!

Stacy said...

Hey Noel --

You have some awesome layouts! You should consider making some for PageRage Facebook Layouts:

Greta Adams said...

whoo hooo girl.....i used the packaging as a template too...great minds think alike this and can't wait to try it...

Star Rork said...

I think you just started a new trend with the origami, its so cool!