Summer Scrapbooking Fun With Sandals or Flip Flops

Summer means hot days, popsicles, pools and sprinklers, shorts and t-shirts and hopefully a brand new pair of flip flops or sandals. What in the world does this have to do with scrapbooking? Let me show you how to create a fun piece to use on your layouts, as a card, as an album cover or as anything else you choose to use it for!

Step 1: Grab a pair of flip flops and trace around them or search the web until you find a pattern for a flip flop (I found this one). You can either enlarge it or make it smaller and then print out your pattern so you can use it.

Step 2: Trace the pattern onto your desired color of cardstock and then cut out. I chose pink because I’m using it for one of my daughters and her love of flip flops, but the would also work on pages about the beach, lake, pool, or just summer. Changing the color will drastically change to look allowing for greater versatility.

Step 3: Eyeball where you would like your holes to be for the straps of the flip flops. One will need to be placed near the top and two will need to be placed about halfway down. Punch your holes accordingly. I recommend using a smaller hole punch to keep the placement of the ribbon on the other side of the shoe.

Step 4: Select ribbon or patterned paper that you would like for the straps. I chose ribbon for the ease of it, but patterned paper cut into a strip will work as well. Cut approximately 12” of ribbon. Begin by threading ribbon through one hole in the middle of shoe. On the backside, tie a large knot so the ribbon won’t come back through. (you can also use adhesive)

Next, double up ribbon in the center and push it through the top hole. You can secure it, but if your holes are small enough, it probably won’t need to be.

Thread remaining ribbon through the last hole. Pull the ribbon up all around so that it sticks up the way a strap would be on a flip flop. Trim off remaining ribbon on backside and tie in a knot.

Another thing you can do, is to grab a brad or flower or whatever and use it to affix the ribbon in the top hole as a decorative touch (as shown).

Whatever you choose to do with it after that point, is all up to you.

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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