Hi everybody! Today's layout is brought to you by inspiration from Quilling for Scrapbookers Explore & Learn kit and by the stinkin' coronavirus. While home on lock down like most of us I really needed something relaxing to do to cope with all the stress. I discovered that quilling is my new favorite meditative activity. Seriously, a few months before the year that shall be nameless began (we will never again want to say "2020" will we?) I saw a resurgence of this paper art on Pinterest and Instagram and was impressed with its potential to add texture, colors, designs, and interest to a scrapbooking layout. And, I must also give credit to Jana McCarthy for posting some layouts that she had made using this technique.
One of the ways the creative team at Clique International brainstorms ideas for new kits is by chatting about the crafty techniques we want to try and the products that catch our eye. Some of our kits spring from ideas from our members or design team and this is a really fun collaborative aspect of our community. Don't make fun of me but in this case, the quilling for scrapbookers idea was all me. Finally, after searching the internet for someone willing to be a guest educator on this topic, I found out that there are quillers, and there are scrapbookers, and rarely the two shall meet. Refusing to be discouraged, I put together a kit with tools and paper strips in rainbow colors not really knowing what is necessary for a beginner to try out this craft. In reality, you really do not need a quilling kit at all- you need paper, a scissors, and glue. But the tools and pre-cut strips definitely make it easier and are more convenient. So I decided to just take the plunge myself so that I could share quilling on a layout with all of you.
The kit contains different widths and colors of paper strips as well as a packet of strips with instructions for making a variety of flowers, butterflies and leaves. Which one do I use? Well, I went with the narrow width strips because I didn't want the quilling design to be so thick that it gets squished inside the page protector. Again, I truly don't "know" what the hell I am doing. I am making it up as I go along. As you can see by comparison, the quilled designs are about twice the height of a standard Elle's Studio laser cut acrylic piece (which I also used scattered throughout the design on this layout.) Since so much surface area of the layout is at this level there is even distribution of the contact with the page protector so neither the layout nor the page protector get damaged.
What I learned about quilling from my first attempt is that there is an "alphabet" of basic shapes (each with a number of different variations) such as circle, teardrop, oval, diamond, square,etc You then use the shapes together in an infinite number of ways to create a larger object. The scrolling is done by wrapping a paper strip around a quilling tool and then using a fine tip glue applicator to adhere the paper in position. I loved the tweezer in the kit to avoid sticky glue fingers. You can use the circle guide in the kit to keep the size of the scrolls consistent. For scrapbooking, sometimes the simplest things in repetition make the cutest embellishments on a page. Things like hearts, butterflies, and flowers will always be great choices to embellish with or to create a large background design like I did here.
I have a lot more to practice and am really embarrassed to show some of my "little boo boos" in the really close up photos, but I went ahead with sharing to show you that even though the quilling is imperfect the overall look of the layout is divine (in my biased opinion)
I used the word puffy stickers from Paige Evans Bloom Street and some cardstock stickers from Dear Lizzy's Here and Now collection. I also used paper from the Studio Forty Bom Dia Kit and some acrylic hearts from both Elle's Studio and Colorcast Designs. The items not linked were in the shop at one time but sold out. There are just a couple of the Explore and Learn Quilling for Scrapbookers Kits left. Now that I am hooked on it we may have to make another edition!