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Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat

Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

I am excited to be sharing this fun decorative tape technique with all of you! This technique is great because it is a unique way to use up that endless stash of scrapbook tapes we have all collected! And it will give your decorative tapes a whole new look. Today I am showing you how to use a border punch and decorative tape to create a major design on a layout. It is easy and fun- you will love it!

Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

First you will need to pick out up to 8 different decorative tapes. I wanted a rainbow effect, so I picked out 8 different colors and arranged them from pink to black.

Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

First tear a piece of decorative tape a little bit longer than your actual project. Adhere this piece to the very edge of a scrap piece of cardstock or patterned paper. I have found that papers that are not textured work best.

Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

Then use your favorite border punch to make a border the entire length of your tape. I used just a simple scalloped border punch because I didn’t want my design to get too busy with all of the different colors and patterns of tape I used.

Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

Slowly peel the punched decorative tape strip off of the cardstock. The key is to pull the tape off very slowly and gently to prevent it from ripping.

Border Punches with Decorative Tapes:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

Place the punched decorative tape onto your layout as you normally would. I used multiple punched borders to create one large design onto white cardstock, but your possibilities are endless!

Border Punches with Decorative Tapes:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat @ shimelle.com

I love that this technique is so versatile- you can use just about any border punch you have at home! And you don’t have to create a large design. If this concept seems a little overwhelming, start by punching out just a single piece to use. You can use it as a plain border like I did here or you can use a piece to adhere any flat embellishment to your page. I hope I have inspired you and helped you to use your decorative tapes in a new way!





Tegan lives in northwest Indiana with her husband of 12 years and their 2 furbabies (a Yorkshire Terrier and a Cairn Terrier). She discovered scrapbooking about 13 years ago and it has evolved into a huge passion! Layouts and altered projects are her favorite things to create right now, but she enjoys ALL types of paper crafting. You can see more of her projects on her blog. She also loves being a design team member for Carta Bella Paper and the Paper Bakery Kit Club!

29 October 2013



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23 Comments for Border Punches with Decorative Tape:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Tegan Skwiat

  1. Carly Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I definitely want to give this one a go. Love the layout as well.

  2. shatnigamma Says:

    Brilliant idea. Thanks. I can’t wait to try it out.

  3. BETHANY RIELAGE Says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. Maureen Says:

    this is beautiful! thank you.

  5. Gina M Says:

    This is a great technique. I have a ton of washi tapes!

  6. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    What a great idea! Thanks! Wonderful page!

  7. Amanda Says:

    Such a simple yet great idea!

  8. mamichelle Says:

    Wow, I love this LO and technique!

  9. Jane Says:

    Clever! Love this twist on using washi tape.

  10. Mary Ann Jenkins Says:

    Love the layout my friend!!!

  11. Katrina Hunt Says:

    GREAT tutorial Tegan!!!! Such an adorable layout!

  12. Camille Short Says:

    I love your idea!

  13. Karen Says:

    Gorgeous page! Love this idea.

  14. Gela Says:

    Smart, smart, smart idea. Will definitely have to try it.

  15. Linda in Aus Says:

    i love this it is so striking, thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Jeannine H Says:

    That is a really cool layout and technique. I have never tried this but I did punch out shapes with washi tape, using the same principle. It was a bit finicky but the result was great.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Gorgeous, Tegan! And I have my nails painted the same way.

  18. Becky Says:

    Really cute!!! Love it! I will try this soon!

  19. Anna Says:

    This is gorgeous!

  20. Chris Says:

    Lovely layout! I can’t wait to try this myself, thanks for sharing the idea.

  21. Liannallama Says:

    What a fab page! Thanks for the great tip!

  22. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    This is so cool! I love it! Definitely going to try punching my tapes and might add one to the jars I am decorating for Christmas scrubs.

  23. Jeni Says:

    LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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