June 14, 2012

Frugal Friday/Tutorial - Joni

So, one of my favorite things to do lately is "wrap" bakers twine or embroidery floss around a part of my layout (around the photo or a section of patterened paper).

Now, I know that bakers twine or embroidery floss isn't really "that" expensive..but this concept evolved because I decided I needed the twine after I had already adhered my paper. So this is a tutorial combined with a Frugal Friday!!

So usually you would just wrap the twine around and around and around, right... so let's say you're wrapping a 6 inch photo (like this one)...

I always wrap so there are 3 strands on the top... so 6 inches x 3 wraps = 18 inches, plus it's also wrapped on the back...so double that and you get 36 inches. So 1 yard of twine just to wrap this photo.

So, let's move on to my idea...

So here's my layout already adhered... and I decided I needed a "wrap of twine" around the bottom red patterned paper, but I don't want to rip up my layout....
So... I lift the left edge - (let's call it End A) of the paper poke a hole under the paper..

Then I feed my twine (aqua colored) through my hole and scotch tape it onto the backside (so there is no knots)...

Then I wrap the twine to the other end (right end - End B) of the patterned paper, poke hole at that end and feed it through to the back... (Yes, I'm using a needle)

Now here is where the trick comes in... on the back side, instead of wrapping all the way back to the first side (left end - A) again, I just poke another hole in the the same side I just came down on (End B) and go back up there...scotch tape the back side to hold it firm & prevent tearing. (this eliminates the wasted twine on the back side)...

Wrap twine back to left end (end A), poke hole, feed to back of paper, poke another hole & come back up (scotch tape)...again eliminating the wasted wrap on the backside.

So this is what the backside of my paper looks like:

And the front side:

So the paper was about 10 inches long... and I used 10 inches x3 on the top... 30 inches and maybe 2 inches on the back. so 32 inches. If I had wrapped it all the way around front, back, front, back..I'd have used about 60 inches of twine....
I also attached a button just by poking two holes and feeding twine from the backside through hole 1, then the button and back through the second hole. -- Scotch tape again to avoid knots...
here is that additional look on the backside:

And here is the button/wrap from the front:

Then I also added a few more pieces of patterned paper to the lower edge and this is my completed layout:

And a closeup of the finished layout:


  1. Great tip. Love your layout!

  2. Great tip! I have some baker's twine that I hardly ever use. This is a great idea. tfs!!!

  3. I agree a very useful tip. Love the LO too.TFS!

  4. That is a very cool tip! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Perfect 'tuck & file' technique... I always think of that kind of embellishment after the page is 'done-sh'. This is a great idea, Thank-You for sharing!