Updating Your Home with Scrapbook Paper

Hello Friends! I’m so happy you stopped by for another tutorial. This is one of my favorites! Aren’t they all? I just love scrapbook paper. There are so many different prints to choose from. You can always find exactly what you need, or be inspired by a new design you come across. Some of you may remember this “E” from my Something’s Missing… Or is it!? post.

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

In that post I mentioned how I had “spruced up” the plain wooden letter. This tutorial will tell you exactly how I did that and show you a few other ways to use scrapbook paper to update pieces you already have around the house.

What you’ll need:

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  • Your choice of scrapbook paper (I got mine at Michaels, but you can purchase it at any craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush of your choice (I have used a bristle brush as well)
  • Pencil
  • And any object you want to update

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

I’ll start by showing you how to create a beautiful wooden letter without paint.

Step 1:
You’ll want to place your scrapbook paper upside down. By doing this, you will avoid pencil lines on the printed side. Then place your wooden letter backwards on the scrapbook paper. Notice the “S” is backward. Now trace around the entire letter.

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

When you are done, it should look something like this:

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

Step 2:
Carefully cut out the letter you traced. Be sure to use fairly new/sharp scissors for this. Also be sure to cut directly on the pencil line.

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

When you cut directly on the pencil line, you’ll have a perfectly replicated letter shape:

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

Step 3:
You can pour your Mod Podge into another container or just dip directly into the bottle. Either way, you’ll want to evenly coat the front of your wooden letter with this miracle paste.

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

Step 4:
Line up your cut out scrapbook paper letter onto the front of your wooden letter. You will only have about a minute to adjust the paper before the Mod Podge begins to dry, so work quickly but carefully. Once it is in place, press the paper onto the wooden letter so the paper is smooth and the Mod Podge adheres the paper to the wood.

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Voila! How simple!

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

I have also used scrapbook paper to update the look of a candle. I needed a candle that matched my sitting room, but didn’t have one. What I did have was this green candle from a previous decor style that I used in another home we lived in.

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You can see the green looks out of place. But instead of going on a hunt for the perfect candle, I just used scrapbook paper and the same process used to update the wooden letter to make the candle work in the new room. See the difference?

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Source: Ear-resistible Designs

I do not recommend lighting your scrapbook paper covered candle, but it surely works as a lovely “new” decor piece!

Another updating with scrapbook paper project I found that I plan to do when we begin our master bedroom makeover is this gem right here:

Source/ Photo Credit: iheart organizing
Source/ Photo Credit: iHeart Organizing

What a lovely tray that photo frame was transformed into by placing scrapbook paper under the glass.

You know, you could probably update anything with scrapbook paper! And at 59¢ a sheet, why wouldn’t you use it to update your home?

Have you ever used scrapbook paper for anything other than scrapbooking? Let me know in the comment section below if you have or if you plan to try my tutorial!

As always, have a happy day!
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2 thoughts on “Updating Your Home with Scrapbook Paper

  1. I love using scrapbook paper for all sorts of crafts. I love your letters – so pretty. Visiting from the Tweak It Tuesday Party. Cathy

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