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I need to know, is anyone a Designer Series Paper hoarder like me? Even when I was a kid, I hated using all the pretty stationary I would get for presents. It has carried over into my crafting. My new goal is to use up that pretty paper. If I think it’s pretty, I’m sure the people I am making cards for will think it’s pretty too. Designer Series Paper (DSP) doesn’t have to be just for cards either. Today I started making bows.
They are so simple and pretty! And they can coordinate with the card you give. These can be made for birthdays, Christmas, or any other type of gift giving. I think this particular Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the early 2000’s. Yes, I admit I have a problem.
However, these bows are super simple to make. Easy enough that I think I am going to start to put them on gift bags with matching cards. If I don’t have any coordinating paper since some of my DPS is very old, I am going to attach them to plain craft gift bags.
First you want to select a piece of Designers Series Paper (DSP) . You want to cut 9 strips that are 3/4″ wide. Once you have your nine strips, you are going to cut some of them for the different layers of the bow.
Leave three of them the full 12″ x 3/4″. Next take three strips and cut one inch off so they are 11″ x 3/4″. Now take two strips and cut two inches off so they measure 10″ x 3/4″. Finally, take the last strip and cut it so it measures 4″ x 3/4″
I used my my hand held stapler from Stampin’ Up! I love this stapler. It has mini staples and it is very easy to squeeze. Great when you have problems with your hands.
First I stapled the 4″ strip into a circle. All the remaining strips, I stapled into figure eights, and stapled in the middle. I alternated the pattern but you certainly don’t need to do that.
I stacked each pile of three together. The two smallest strips and the circle made a group of three. Click on the images to enlarge. To complete the bow, I layered the groups and stapled them. You could also use glue dots to put the layers together if it’s hard to get your stapler around all the loops.
One thing I didn’t discover or think of until I was cleaning my desk; is all those little staples can be a little pokey on the bottom. I don’t have a photo but I punched a 2″ circle from card stock and placed it on the bottom with glue dots to cover the staples.
I hope this post has inspired you to use up that Designer Series Paper (DSP). It really is too pretty to just keep in a storage container. I am going to keep telling myself this until I only have small scraps of DSP left. I think I am going to Google One Sheet Wonders to use up some of my paper.
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