Roll up, roll up!
How to make paper rolls:
1. Choose a selection of papers, scraps will work as you only need small pieces.
2. Cut pieces to a width of approximately 1.5″ and whatever length you wish.
3. Apply adhesive down one long edge of the paper strip.
4. Roll the paper around a pencil (or other round tool) – the diameter of the paper roll can be varied here by using difefrent sized tools to wrap the paper around.
5. Press firmly until well stuck, and then remove from the pencil.
6. Adhere to your page using strong glue.
For this second page I used paper rolls in a different way, by placing them at the centre of my butterfly embellishments. I love using them like this – they give my butterflies some added dimension. I made two embellishments for this page using a scalloped oval as a base, then adding two punched butterflies in different colours layered with foam pads, and a paper roll in the middle, then adhering some stickers and wood veneer accents too.
These rolls are made slightly differently too as they are made from triangles rather than rectangles. To make these buterfly centres:
1. Cut an isosceles triangle from your paper (as below) – the base of your triangle will be the height of the roll – for this particular sized punched butterfly it’s 1″.
2. Using a small round tool such as the handle of a thin paintbrush or a pokey tool roll from the base towards the point of the triangle. This time you want the piece of paper to wrap around your tool a few times rather than just once.
3. Dab some glue onto the point and press firmly to adhere.
4. This also looks really effective with a plain paper triangle that’s been inked pre-rolling.
5. Attach to the centre of a punched shape with strong glue.
I’d love to see what you do with paper rolls – do leave a link if you give them a try!