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How Use 8 1/2 By 11 Cardstock on a 12 x 12 Scrapbook Layout

How to use 8 x 1/2 x 11 cardstock on a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout can be a tricky thing to do. Today I’m going to show you how to make this layout using 3 sheets of 8 x 1/2 x 11 papers, on top of a 12 x 12 base sheet.

Fishing Themed Layout Using 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock

One of the sheets of 8 1/2 paper already had a fishing scene printed on it which was the theme of this layout.

This sheet needed to be cut into two pieces. So cut it apart leaving the fishing reel on the larger of the two portions.

Here is the portion with the fishing reel.

This is the leftover section that just included the printed fish which was all I was going to use of the leftover sheet.

Next it was time to pick out the 12 x 12 paper that was going to be the base of this layout. This is what I chose since the theme was a fishing layout, and the colors matched those on the photo.

Now it was time to pick out the cardstock for this layout. I really like the cardstock from CutCardstock. They normally have same day shipping, and their products are very affordable for a great cardstock product. They also have a wide variety of colors, sizes and envelopes. Below are some of the colors I used including this Basis Grey and Basis Med Blue.

To start using your cardstock you will need a paper trimmer to cut your cardstock into a wave pattern, or you can draw it out and cut it by hand.

Wave pattern cut out in the grey cardstock.

Next you will need to apply the first piece to your layout base. This piece will not reach all the way to the top of the 12 x 12 sheet.

Glue this in place starting at the bottom of the page.

Now it is time to apply the fishing pole printed portion of the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.

These papers are glued in an offset pattern.

Next you will be mounting your photo onto the Basis Med Blue cardstock. I really loved this shade of blue.

Here is the photo after it was mounted on the Basis Med Blue . It was a photo of my grandson Matthew with a child’s fishing rod.. I love those chubby toes.

My Little fisherman.

After mounting the photo, foam tape was applied to the back so that it would hold the photo up off of the 12 x 12 base sheet. This gives your layout depth, added texture, and interest.

Photo Mat with added tape.

Before gluing your photo in place you will need to add the second wave of 8 1/2 x 11 portion of the Basis Grey. Next you add the mounted photo in place.

it was time to start adding embellishments. Here is a photo of the top trio of embellishments. The bear is actually an applique clothing patch.

Clothing applique patch, along with fishing stickers.

The bottom right includes two tags with the fish embellishment that was cut from the pattern paper, and is now glued in place onto one of the tags. Also a flower and rick rack trim held in place with both glue and brads..

Part of the left hand embellishments were also mounted onto the Basis Med Blue.

Left side of the layout.

It was at this time his name was added to the top left of the layout with alphabet stickers.

Alphabet stickers

So there you have it folks, this is how you can use 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and cardstock on a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout. In the final photo you can see another small embellishment was added to the bottom of the layout matted again in the Basis Med Blue. It was mainly added to fill up that area.

Finished Layout

I hope if you are in the market for some great cardstock you’ll give CutCardstock a try. You won’t be disappointed. Be sure and stop by this blog often for more fun ideas by the other designers. Till next time “Happy Scrapping”. Love Penny

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