Thursday, March 12, 2015

Doodlebug Rainbow Washi Tape Scrapbook Page Background

Today I have a Doodlebug layout to share which puts a spotlight on washi tape!  Doodlebug has so many fun patterns and I have been wanting to do something cool with them to make a dent in my stash for a long time.  :)

I decided creating a page background would be just the ticket.  I cut my page background on my Silhouette using a variety of basic flower shapes arranged on the diagonal.  For my title I paired Doodlebug's adorable sugarcoated Shin-dig alphabet stickers with the word "life" which I also cut out on my Silhouette.

I wanted to highlight the transparent properties of the washi tape so I sandwiched my tape strips between two identical sheets of cardstock cutouts and one layer of vellum.  I have put together a little photo tutorial sharing how I achieved this fun look.

To start off, you will need to cut (2) 12x12 backgrounds of your choice.  For the bottom piece, adhere vellum to the backside and draw horizontal guide lines across to make lining up your washi tape easier.  These lines don't have to be a precise distance apart, but I found them so helpful since as I worked I discovered my natural tendency was to make them start to slant one direction or another.

Working from one end, alternate your washi tapes, cutting off or tearing any that may encroach on the nearby flowers of another color.

When you lay the duplicate die-cut background over the top, it gives you a clean-cut flower.

I snapped a picture to share a view of the back of my page when my layout was complete.  It's hard to tell, but the vellum has been adhered and pieced together (since I only had 8-1/2 x 11 sheets on hand).  I found my two 12x12 backgrounds were difficult to adhere around the delicate edges so I chose to stitch around the perimeter to keep them from pulling up and getting snagged as I worked on embellishing the rest of my page.

Here's another look at the final result. I pulled in additional rainbow images and tape from Doodlebug's Springtime and Happy Go Lucky collections.

I hope I've inspired you to try this fun background on your next project.  I think it would look awesome done with a variety of shapes and patterns!

Supplies Used (available at Simon Says Stamp)

Supplies Used (available at


  1. What a lovely layout!!! I love the amazing rainbow background you created with washi tape! Nice way to use that up! Gorgeous photos as always my friend.

  2. Such a fantastic idea for washi tape your background--you are so creative!!

  3. I really gushed over this over at the Doodlebug blog - what utter and complete Awesomeness this is!! YOU are amazing in your dedicated preciseness!!! You are willing to take the extra time it takes to make special details on your projects just perfect!!! And this is PERFECTION!!!!!

  4. it is lovely, could you tell me the font of "life"

    1. Thank you. I'm sorry. I don't know the font--I purchased it in the silhouette store here:


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