Got 30 Minutes?

Shannon Zickel’s back today with tips to spice up your page if you’ve got just 30 minutes.

I hope you had fun putting together the quick project from yesterday. If you’ve got a few more minutes, the simplest and quickest way to add depth to your page elements is with just a little bit of ink. I quickly rubbed the edges of my banner flags with a matching color of ink on each one before I adhered them.


Another way to add a touch of dimension to a simple page is to machine-stitch on it. Hand-stitching will take a little more time, but put your sewing machine into action if you’ve got one. I used to be afraid to stitch on my pages, but it’s really simple! (Take these cues from a past SBE blog post by Lisa Truesdell to help eliminate your fear.) Instead of using the baker’s twine, I ran a simple stitch across the top of the banner before adding the title.

One of my go-to techniques is to replace a letter in the title with an accent. If you’ve got an “O” in your title, replace it with another element like a heart, star, flower, or in this case a simple round sticker topped with a button threaded with twine. 

Finally, go outside the collection you’re using (I used the Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup Collection for this page) and add a few elements from your stash. I added some number stickers to replace the handwritten date on the date sticker, a simple sentiment sticker to complete the date sticker grouping, and replaced the “and” stickers in the title with a colorful ampersand. 

While I loved my first 15-minute take, devoting a few extra minutes yielded a more fun and finished project. 

Hopefully you’re now inspired to use those few free minutes to get a project completed.  For more simple and fun scrapping ideas stop by my blog, I Rock Paper & Scissors

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One Response to “Got 30 Minutes?”

  1. Oooo This is awesome. I am all about quick pages. I’m strictly a digital girl and this is an easy one to cross over. Edging the flags is a bit time consuming – but probably worth the effort. If you didn’t have a sewing machine you could always just punch holes with a needle and fake the stitching with a fine tipped pen.