Hi everyone. Welcome to Part 1 of a 5-part tutorial to create a lovely coordinated stationery set, using Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers. I will be changing these plain items below into a Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls-themed stationery set!
I bought these at the ‘2 Euro’ shop (Poundland, Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Dollarama, etc) – a white A4 hardback folder, 2 ‘moleskine’-type notebooks/journals (A5 and A6 sizes) and a plastic envelope that will be used as a pencil case.
Today we are going to change this plain white folder:
This is what you’ll need to start the Tutorial. Please note that some items are optional.
I got the full page sticker paper in a local stationery shop (Easons). You can use the ruler/craft knife/cutting mat or a scissors to cut the paper.
NOTE: Cutting the sticker paper with the craft knife can be a little tricky. The stickiness can cause the paper to tear. Be careful when cutting and always use a fresh blade. You may prefer to use a scissors instead.
I am using the Dreaming on a Star Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls Scrapbooking Papers available here (with Free Washi Tape). They are available as an instant download to your computer. You just need to print them out using your printer or you can bring the PDF file (saved on a USB stick) to a printers and they will print them for you. Don’t forget to bring the Sticker Paper with you, otherwise they will print them on regular paper.
1. Print out the Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls Scrapbooking Papers onto the Full Page Sticker Paper.
2. Decide what papers you would like to use and in what arrangement. This is entirely up to you, or you can choose to follow what I’ve done.
I used these three papers above.
3. The parasols paper (on the right) doesn’t need to be cut as it covers the folder. The other papers will need to be cut to fit the folder.
4. Peel off the sticker from the backing page, but don’t peel off completely. Line it up to the top and right hand corner of the folder.
5. When you are happy it’s nicely lined up, smooth it down and peel the rest of the backing off.
I use a clean tissue to smooth rather than my hand, so it remains nice and clean.
6. Measure the polka-dot strip with a ruler (make sure you’re only including the sticker and not the border that stays behind on the backing). Use the pencil or craft knife to mark where it needs to be cut.
7. Line up the pencil marks (or knife marks) and cut the paper using the craft knife and ruler. Ensure your blade is new. Make several firm strokes with the blade rather than one heavy stroke.
Be careful as the paper is sticky and may catch the blade, resulting in paper tear. You may choose to use the scissors instead.
8. Repeat the same steps with the first paper. Remove paper backing (but not completely), line up to folder top and sides, remove remaining backing as you smooth down paper and use a tissue to smooth down completely.
9. Repeat the same steps for the bottom border, carefully cutting and measuring to ensure it all lines up nicely.
10. Optional – you can cover the folder front with clear contact paper to prolong the life of the folder.
Measure the contact paper to fit the folder front and allow a flap at the top, side and bottom. Cover the folder and turn down the flaps. Use a tissue to smooth down and eliminate any air bubbles.
11. That’s it! You have a pretty Parasols & Kokeshi Dolls Folder, ready to use!
(You may choose to cover the back or cut out some parasols or flowers from the other papers and stick them to the side. I chose to leave it white, as it was a nice contrast to the pattern on the front.)
♡ Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of the tutorial where I cover some notebooks. ♡
All Five Parts of this Stationery Tutorial. ♡
Dreaming on a Star’s Scrapbooking Papers used in this Tutorial.