What do you do with leftover patterned paper strips?

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Herringbone technique using Forever Greenery DSP paper strips

No matter how hard you try to be economical when cutting into your patterned papers, do you find you always end up with odd remnant strips left over? Well here is an answer as to how to use up those pesky leftover paper strips! Try the Herringbone technique.

How to use up leftover paper strips – Forever Greenery DSP and Herringbone Technique

This week I did a Facebook Live to a group of demonstrators sharing this technique. I’ll share those cards in another post. The Herringbone technique has been around for a long time. When I looked at my card technique folder I taught this way of using patterned papers at least eight years ago when I first started teaching Stampin’Up! classes. It is a terrific way of using up scrap strips of paper, however it is also a lovely way to show off your collection of patterned papers. I love how the colours from the Forever Greenery Designer Series Papers look in this card.


Cut strips of patterned paper 1 cm wide in at least 4 different colours/patterns. Using double sided adhesive sheet, peel off one side and attach to pre-cut matching sized white card. Peel back top liner. Lay first strip of paper diagonally across card piece from one corner to the other. Apply another strip of same colour at right angles to first strip on upper side. Repeat on lower side to create 4 triangle spaces. Using contrast papers line the inside of each triangle, abutting paper edges and repeating with different patterned paper strips until each triangle is completely filled. Rub over with bone folder to ensure paper adherence. Turn card over and trim overhanging paper ends with scissors. Use as a card/scrapbook background piece.

This technique becomes very easy when you use double sided adhesive sheets. Stampin’Up! have added these sheets back into their range of adhesives. You could do this technique using multipurpose liquid glue, let it dry until it becomes tacky, but this can get messy! It’s much better to try it using adhesive sheets!

The card base I used on the card above is Shaded Spruce and the ink is also Shaded Spruce. The dies are the Stitched Rectangle dies and the stamp greeting came from the Friend Like You stamp set.

If you are looking to try and use up your oversupply of leftover paper strips give this technique a try!

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