How To Make a Quilt Style Layout Using Cardstock

I’ve seen lots of these layouts lately and I thought I’d give it a try. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be. This one is called a “Sunburst” pattern.

Sunburst Tulip Layout

You will need 1 – 12 x 12 sheet of black, 1- 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 sheet of white, and another 11 x 11 sheet of your choice of paper since it will get completely covered up by your quilting design (This is a great way to use up that ugly pattern paper you have been trying to find a use for), plus other things like your layout colors or pattern paper, embellishments, glue, and photos.

The quilt layout base glued together.

You will start by gluing the 11 1/2 x 11 /12 sheet of white to the black base.

Next, you will need to find the center of the 11 x 11 sheet of paper. I simply do this by folding the corners together slightly and adding an X to the center of the paper. This X is where you will start gluing your quilt pattern in place.

This sheet can be any colors as it will be covered by other papers.

DO NOT GLUE THIS SHEET DOWN YET. It gets glued down much later in this process.

Next, you will need to pick out 5 pieces different colors of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock that you want to use for your quilt pattern. Those sheets will need to be cut down to 7 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pieces.

Cardstock pieces will later be cut on the diagonal.

I love CutCardStock’s great choice of colors and quality. It’s also a plus that they normally have same day shipping! So if I need a craft, wedding, or party project finished quickly it’s not a problem.

I used the following colors: Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, Pop Tone Wild Cherry Cardstock, Pop Tone Orange Fizz, Pop Tone Razzleberry, Basis Green from CutCardstock Online Store.

Next, you will want to cut those pieces on a diagonal as pictured below.

This is how you will line your cardstock up on your paper trimmer.

I have used white here as an example so that you can clearly see what the shapes should look like. You will need 4 pieces in each of the 5 different colors.

Your next step will be to start gluing those pieces onto the 11 x 11 sheet of paper that you have pre-marked the center of. The very first piece will need to be glued to the corner as shown below. (This piece is a different color than my layout just to show the layout area)

See the white spot in the corner that area will need to be covered.

For each corner piece, you will need to pull your piece slightly down from the center X mark so that your quilt piece covers that full corner of white space.

Piece pulled down to cover the corner. The black on this photo is NOT my base page.

Next, you will start gluing your pieces down in order of your pattern. These are just laid out and are not glued in place yet. You will glue all of them in place starting at the center point one at a time, remembering to pull down each of the 4 corner pieces slightly.

Laying out the pattern prior to gluing in place.

After all the quilt pieces are glued down flip over that sheet and trim the edges even with the white sheet. (This is NOT the white sheet on your base page.)

Add strips of washi tape to cover the seams.

Next, start adding your washi tape. When adding washi tape, I don’t apply it all the way to the center of the layout unless that part will be visible. I just add it far enough to be behind my photos. Otherwise, it makes a bulky spot where all the paper and tape overlap. Adding washi tape is optional but it covers up a lot of mistakes in gluing or cutting.

Quilt pieces glued in place.

Now you can add your quilt page to your base sheet. Followed by your photos and embellishments.

Layout with photo added.

To make my photo mat I used – Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and Pop Tone Black Licorice Cardstock.

Layout with the tittle.

I added some embellishment’s and my title next.

Close up of title.

This is the embellishment cluster on the bottom left of the layout. Just some simple flowers an a few brads.

Flower cluster later I added a tag and a stamp.

Next a flower and word was added to my title cluster.

To the top of my photo I added the year that the photo was taken.

Added year to the photo mat.
My finished quilt layout with the top left cluster added.

I hope you will have fun trying out your own quilt style layout in the future.

Till next time “Happy Scrapping”,

Love Penny

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