TN Tuesday: Incorporating Vellum in Your Documentation

Hello friends,

It’s another TN Tuesday here at Cocoa Daisy and today we are sharing ideas for using vellum in your traveler’s notebooks and Simple Dori planners. Vellum is a translucent paper that is often used on invitations, announcements and cards, but is also a great tool for your memory keeping and planner layouts. It comes in a variety of colors and can be crumbled, creased, and torn to add texture. In addition, vellum can be laid over a bold patterned paper to tone it down, stamped, stenciled, in some cases you can water colored with ink. Our planner and memory keeping kits often include vellum papers and embellishments but you can also create your own items with plain vellum with our free printables.

In fact, I used the free planner printable to create my design with vellum in my traveler’s notebook album. My layout is based on a planner paper with leaves from Frost and Flannel which I cut down to fit in my TN album.

I loved the movement of the leaves on the patterned paper and decided to stitch a few of them to add texture. When I saw the free planner printable I knew I wanted to add more leaves but I wanted them to be translucent and that’s when I got my idea for using vellum in my design. I printed the leaves I wanted on plain vellum paper from my stash with my inkjet printer, allowing the ink to dry for several hours. Then I fussy cut the leaves and played with placement before carefully gluing to my paper with special vellum adhesive.

I wanted to incorporate vellum throughout my design and decided to print my journaling on plain vellum then laid it over a piece of patterned paper from the memory keeping kits.

The photo of my sister that I chose for this layout had the perfect spot for a bit of journaling or ephemera and I chose to stamp a phrase on plain vellum with colored ink and adhered to my photo with my tiny attacher stapler.

Adding a bit of vellum to my photo was the perfect finishing touch! To ensure a crisp image, don’t forget to let the stamped image dry for a couple of hours before cutting it out and adhering to your layout.

Our next design is from DT member April Orr who is joining us for the remainder of 2020. We love April’s ideas and the design she is sharing in her Simple Dori Traveler’s notebook today is no exception! April noted, ” I created and folded a vellum library card holder to house a journal card and layered it with a photo. The library card holder was created with the vellum paper included in the Flannel and Frost classified memory keeping kit.”

“Next I punched out some vellum hearts from the same paper, and stitched them on to mimic falling leaves.”

“In addition, I layered the dancing hearts with a few sequins and gray stamped leaves (to even out the page with the black and white photo).” April’s design is soft and lovely. And as you can see, we both really like this particular paper pattern!

Here are a few important things to remember when working with vellum:
1. Allow enough time for ink to dry as it will take longer when you stamp or print on vellum. Set it aside for a couple of hours before you begin adding it to your layout.

2. Vellum comes in different thicknesses and therefore you may need a craft knife to cut thick pieces. This is the best way to cut all types of vellum if you want a super clean edge.

3. If you are printing on your vellum with a laser printer or an inkjet printer it is best to use vellums made especially for these printer types.

4. Use a specially designed adhesive to adhere vellum to your layout and ensure you place your adhesive in strategic places that will hide the spots. You can also stitch or staple vellum to your design if you want to avoid using glue.

Show us your vellum ideas and layouts in our private facebook group or share with us on social media. Be sure to use the @cocoa_daisy tag so that we can see what you are making.

Stay safe and well!

~Robin

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