Happy Friday! Today I’ve got three projects all featuring doilies to end the week.
Yes, I believe my favorite non-scrapbooking item that I use are doilies. I buy them frequently – most often from the cake section of my local craft store. Oh, sometimes I get lucky and I score some pretty or fancy ones someplace random or at a party shop… but for the bulk of my usage it is plain standard doilies from Michaels.
That said, the craft industry has stepped it up many notches with all kinds of fabulous doily products. Here are some of my favorites:
Paper Cottage is a new line from Basic Grey – and I was thrilled to see a lot of lacy, doily inspired elements in it. Today I’m going to focus on that line + doilies from my doily drawer (yep, I have a drawer) and see what I come up with.
Using a doily as a mat is an excellent thing! Here I’ve made a card with a core’dinations cardstock base, and let my heart shaped doily frame up my sentiment sticker and other details. I do love a good 5min or less card! The doily adds texture, contrast, frames things up, and is an interesting layer as well.
Here’s another card with Paper Cottage. This time I edged with Victorian Velvet distress ink – including coloring my doily. You can totally color ‘boring’ white doilies all kinds of colors! Mists, inks – just be gentle and let them dry before handling them.
I absolutely adore them in my scrapbook layouts as well. Here are some ways you tend to see me use them on my pages:
- As base for journaling
- tucked under a patterned paper, just edge peeking out
- base for title
- under corner of photo to add accent detail
- folded around edge so 1/2 or 1/3 or other % of doily shows
- as added layer of paper
- to accent/enhance/help another element stand out
In short, you will mostly see a doily as more of a base layer or in a small amount as a finishing touch. Don’t be afraid to cut them apart either! I do this sometimes with small ones to make a scalloped effect.
Another thing I want to bring up is that while I made a layout about tea (what could be more doily-deserving?!) – it doesn’t have to be about something super feminine, especially if you pick a simple doily, grunge it up with ink or paint, or just use a little bit more for texture than actual doily look.
For the record, I’m loving the doily elements (oh yes, there are some) in this new line from Basic Grey. So much to like! Secret tip? I’ll be giving away a collection pack VERY soon so do stay tuned!
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