Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace: Peacocks at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California

Here’s another scrapbooking layout I created using paper lace. The photos show a gorgeous peacock that I encountered at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. Peacocks roam free throughout the Arboretum, and seeing them is sheer delight! They are so beautiful!

Materials and Supplies

The background patterned paper is
“Get Happy: Pop” by Cosmo Cricket.
The round epoxy sticker at the top of the layout is from the Narratives Honeydew Collection by Creative Imaginations/ Karen Russell. The other papers are hand-painted and hand stamped by me. The stamp is a one of a kind Indian Woodblock / batik block that I got on ebay. I actually have several of them. Here is a photo of them.

These are so much fun to use. They are different in some ways than using a clear stamp or rubber stamp- but it’s basically the same stamping process for the most part. There is a lot of creative potential for using these. I originally bought them because I used to teach textile and surface design to fashion design majors and I wanted my students to be able to try out authentic Indian batik blocks during our classes. Well, they did, and you would not believe the results! Each and every one of them was able to make these wood block stamps look completely and totally different. It was mind boggling!

Making the Paper Lace:

This paper lace was made using The Fiskars Hearts Border Punch. I don’t have instructions posted yet for making this particular paper lace, but it is very similar to some of the paper laces I have already posted on the site. Also take a look at this page about the Fiskars Sunburst Border punch and this page about the Fiskars Threading Water border punch because the idea is similar. And then of course keep checking this blog for more updates to my Free Paper Lace Idea Book, where I will be sharing step-by-step instructions for the paper laces and projects you see on this site.

Note: If you do decide to make this paper lace, try to cut straighter than I did! But, if you mess up, don’t worry. The craft police are NOT going to come after you.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Orchids, Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste, and Paper Lace

Scrapbooking Layout of Orchids and Flowers. The Layout Featuress Supplies by Cosmo Cricket, Stamps by Autumn Leaves, plus Photography, Paper Lace and Hand Painting by Amy Solovay.

Here’s a sneak peek of some different paper laces that you will learn to make if you keep reading this web site for more installments of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book. Here I’ve used multiple paper laces in a scrapbook layout.

Materials and Supplies

Patterned Paper is
from the Fleuriste Collection by Cosmo Cricket. The journaling blocks are hand stamped on hand painted Strathmore paper. I used one of the clear stamps from the Stitched Journaling stamp set by Maryann Wise / Autumn Leaves.

Techniques Used:

Paper cutting, punching, stamping, collage, inking, painting, chalking

How To Make The Paper Lace

If you want to know how to make paper lace such as the examples you see on this layout, but you haven’t already begun reading my Paper Lace Idea Book, please take a look at it. I recommend that you read through the chapters that are already posted on this web site first. So far I have posted the basic information that you will need to get started. The specific instructions for the particular paper laces that you see in this layout have not been posted yet- which is why I referred to this as a “sneak peek”. I will be covering more details about how to make these specific paper laces in upcoming chapters.

About This Scrapbook Layout:

This layout features a group of 4 photos of orchids and flowers that I took at the Arboretum in Arcadia, California. At the time I took these photos, I was taking a class in botanical illustration. It was a wonderful class; I learned how to draw a variety of plants and flowers. During the time the class was in session, I took a bunch of reference photos of different flowers such as these lovely orchids. I still enjoy working from my reference photos when I want to do some floral drawings and paintings. However, nowadays I get even more inspiration from scrapping the flower photos. Flowers are probably my second favorite photographic subject (my husband is my favorite subject. LOVE taking pictures of him, I think he is gorgeous.) Since flower photos and paper lace work well together I will be posting quite a bit more of my layouts and projects that feature flower photos embellished with paper lace. So if you are interested in seeing more paper lace borders used in scrapbooking projects, please bookmark this blog or add it to your feed reader and keep reading!

Thanks so much for dropping by! I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work.

Free Paper Lace Idea Book: Updated Pages

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday!

I have been hard at work updating my Free Paper Lace Idea Book. I posted some updates to Chapter One: Materials and Supplies, including more detailed information about appropriate papers to use, and more photos and links for various recommended supplies. I hope you will find the updates helpful.

I also posted the first part of Chapter 2. This chapter includes basic instructions for making the simplest/ easiest paper laces. I haven’t yet had a chance to post the photos and examples that go along with this chapter, so consider it a starting point. As always, you will want to check the blog again in a few days for more updates. Thanks for your interest! Hope you will enjoy the “book”. :)

Good Deals on Stamps, Scrapbooking Papers and Supplies

I have been noticing a LOT of good deals on supplies for scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, and art. I cannot believe some of these deals. Thought I’d pass them along in case anyone else wants to take advantage too.

Basic Grey Patterned Scrapbooking Paper For Layouts, Greeting Card Making, Paper Crafts, and Altered Art.

For fans of Basic Grey paper, I just found this insanely good deal. You get 48 pieces of Basic Grey paper for only $19.99!! WOWZA. The normal price on this is $42.72- a huge savings, as you can see. If you do the math on that it works out to less than 42 cents per sheet of patterned paper. The only catch is that they only had 10 left at the time of this posting, so you better get there quick if you want to get in on this. I am not sure how much longer they will be offering this deal…probably not long.

Anna Griffin Rub On Transfers Family Theme Kit

Next we have an extremely discounted Anna Griffin Rubon Transfers Kit. This kit includes 752 family themed rub-on transfers (babies, weddings, children.)

The next item of interest: is having a huge sale on stamps. You get 20% off selected stamps between now and 6/21/08. So if you want some new stamps, you will probably want to take a look at their offerings. ESPECIALLY EXCITING: Prima stamps on sale! OOOoooohhhwow. I have been wanting some of these, especially the oh-so-lacy “Build A Frame” stamp sets by Iron Orchid Designs; if you have been wanting them too, now is a good time to grab them!

Whispers Cardstock Scrapbooking Patterned Paper Kit by Prima Marketing

Click here to see additional Prima Cardstock kits and patterned papers that are currently on sale for 30% off. I noticed that Angelique, Morning Song, Cavalier, and Urban Cosmos cardstock kits are all on sale for 30% off. A lot of the patterned papers are discounted too. These are great prices on stuff that is still really new. Gorgeous too!

A Cherry on Top Scrapbook Shoppe has some fantastic coupon codes right now for even more good deals. I couldn’t possibly list all of them because there are a LOT of them, but some highlights include 25% off on single sheets of Bazzill cardstock, 25% off adhesives, 50% off a Cricut Cartridge, OR free surprise paper. If any of these deals sound interesting to you, please click over to their site and read the terms and conditions that apply for each coupon. (As far as I know coupons cannot be combined and some of these deals require a minimum purchase.)

If you are a bargain hunter, it certainly seems like a good time to load up on supplies with all these great deals! Enjoy!

So Much New Paper Lace!

Lace Patterned Designer Die Cut Scrapbook Paper Called Holey Cardstock by Creative Imaginations

Paper lace is really trendy right now, and I am really enjoying the process of discovering all the new die-cut papers and lace-paper effects that have recently been released. I can’t wait to get all these new products posted on this web site! I am working on a brand new page on the web site dedicated to Holey Cardstock by Samantha Walker for Creative Imaginations. It looks similar to KI Memories’ Lace Cardstock, but the patterns are different enough that I would be inclined to buy papers from both lines.

I recently added a new page to the web site dedicated to the Threading Water Border Punch by Fiskars. If you’ve spent a small fortune buying die-cut scrapbooking papers (like I have!), then this border punch is a must-have item, because it will allow you to create a scalloped lacy punched edge on almost any paper. I am so excited about that because I have been frustrated about the lack of availability of 6″ x 6″ papers with die cut scalloped / lacy edges. (I still wish some manufacturers would make a pad of 6″x 6″ die cut papers…please??? I’d be happy even if it were only the lower edge that is die cut, like the new Sassafrass Lass papers only smaller…) But anyway, until I get my wish, the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch looks like exactly what I need. I think I could use it somewhere in pretty much every paper crafts project I do, with the possible exception of my husband’s extreme sports layouts- since I have been strictly forbidden to put ribbon or paper lace on his rock climbing / mountain biking/ dirt biking photos, hee hee. At any rate, extreme sports layouts aside, the punch is a versatile design with a lot of different applications; it’s a tool that I know I would get a lot of use out of.

I am still working on getting the next chapter of my Free Paper Lace Idea Book ready to post online, and that should hopefully be up within the next few days (if all goes according to plan.) I hope you’ll check back soon to see the next installment.

Thanks for dropping by- I hope you are having a fabulously interesting and creative day!

Frosty Lace Cardstock From KI Memories’ Bloom Collection

I just updated my web page about KI Memories Lace Cardstock to include more information about the Frosty Lace Cardstock designs in the Bloom collection. The page includes photos of the different designs, plus links where you can find these papers for sale online.

Also, if you haven’t already checked out my free paper lace idea book, please do take a look! The next chapter will be posted soon.

Thanks for dropping by!

Antique, Vintage and Collectible Lace Paper Ephemera

I collect amazing vintage and antique lace paper collectibles, in addition to other sorts of collectible paper and ephemera. The items in my collection range from Valentines to Holy Cards to completely unique items, with the majority being Valentines. I’m hoping to include pictures of my favorites on this website so that y’all can enjoy viewing these lovelies too!

Amy’s Free Paper Lace Idea Book: Chapter One Is Now Online.

I have been busy updating with new pages. Chapter one of my free paper lace idea book has been online for a few days now, but I am still busy adding photos and links to it. Within the next couple of days it should be completely finished (if all goes according to plan.) Even now it is finished enough that you should be able to enjoy it, if you want to take a look at it.

Click here to See Amy’s Free Paper Lace Idea Book, Chapter One: Materials and Supplies. If you haven’t already read the introduction to the book, Please click here to see it.

Other recent web site updates:

As soon as I finish up with posting the links and photos in Chapter One of the Free Paper Lace Idea Book, I’ll be moving on to posting chapter 2, which is the fun part; it is where we actually get into creating basic paper laces. I’m excited to share these techniques with you! Thanks for dropping by, and please check back soon.

SALE on Narratives Lacy Scrapbooking Stickers and Embellishments

Here’s a “head’s up” to all you paper-lace loving scrapbookers out there: 2 Peas is having a sale on selected items from Karen Russell’s “Narratives” Collection by Creative Imaginations. I’ve pictured a few of the items that I found on sale; you can click any of the pictures to go to 2 Peas for more information and to see the current sale price and availability. At the time of this posting, these items were all in stock, but I have no idea how much longer they will have stock on them, considering the fantastic prices. Some of them were even on sale for 50% off! Quite a savings. Even the ones that are only 30% off are a really good deal. The stickers shown coordinate perfectly with the other papers and embellishments in the French Sweet Pea, French Blue Bell, and Melonberry Collections from the Narratives Line by Karen Russell/ Creative Imaginations.

French Blue Bell Epoxy Stickers From the Narratives Collection

By Karen Russel / Creative Imaginations

Lacy Blue Bell ABC & Borders 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Stickers

Melonberry Narratives Epoxy Stickers

Lacy Melonberry Alphabet & Borders 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Stickers

Sweet Pea Hearts 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Sticker

Sweet Pea Borders & Alphabet 12×12 Narratives Cardstock Sticker

I’ve only pictured a few of the lovely items in the Narratives Collection by Karen Russell.

Cute Vintage Valentine Kit & Valentines For Sale on Ebay

Updated: The vintage Valentine kit ebay auction ended on April 29, 2008. The final high bid price was $20.50 US dollars.

This seller is selling sold a number of interesting vintage Valentines, including a Valentine kit with paper lace that caught my eye. I don’t see vintage Valentine kits come up for sale very often, and they are quite popular. This one is adorable! (It’s similar to the Valentine kit I have posted here, but the graphics are different and a lot of the kit components are different too). Web Site Updates

I have been working on updating many of the pages on this web site. Some of them were overdue for a change. I recently added the new 2008 Lace Cardstock by KI Memories to my page about Lace Cardstock. I hope you will find that addition helpful. I also added a couple of book reviews to my Paper Lace Book Reviews Page. I’ve also added some papers, embellishments, descriptions, and links to my page about K & Company paper lace embellishments. I still have plenty more things to share too, so I hope you will continue to check this blog for updates. I really appreciate your interest in the site.

Thanks for visiting…’Till next time…

Motifica & Wild Saffron Paper Lace Greeting Card

Cardmaking Project: Sepia Card, Paper Lace, Fiskars Punches, Bella Flora Stamps by Inque Boutique, Basic Grey Papers

My apologies if you’ve been checking this site for updates and haven’t been finding anything new. YIKES! And, I’m sorry too if you’ve landed on one of my pages that is still “under construction”. It’s bugging me knowing that there are unfinished pages on the site, but I haven’t had a spare minute to update and fix them. I was recently contacted by one of the editors at the Stampington Magazines about submitting some new artwork for possible publication in an upcoming edition of one of their publications. While I am cautiously optimistic about that, it has meant that I’ve been busy working on things that I can’t post and show you yet. However I have lots of fun stuff planned for this site just as soon as I am finished putting together my package for Stampington. Chapter one of my paper lace idea book is ALMOST ready to be posted on this site, so please stay tuned! :)

The photo above shows one of the handmade greeting cards with paper lace that I made for the page about paper lace with Fiskars punches. It was made using the Fiskars Sunburst border punch, along with some Wild Saffron Paper Lace Labels / Tags and Motifica papers by BasicGrey (Among other things.) I posted the card and the instructions awhile ago, but I forgot to mention it on the blog. So if you haven’t already seen it, please check it out. The supply list and instructions are here.

Thanks for your interest, and I hope your week is off to a great start! ‘Till next time…

New Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace, Plus The Story of

Celebrate Layout with Paper Lace by Amy Solovay

Supplies Used:

Patterned Papers:




  • Heart Hand Punch
    by Fiskars
  • Small Dot Hand Punch by Fiskars

Paper Edgers / Decorative Edged Scissors::

  • Victorian Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Mini Scallop Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Seagull Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Plus another unknown pair of decorative scissors

Other Embellishments & Supplies:

The Story of

Back in 2006, I purchased a whole bunch of Fiskars hand punches and paper edgers. One day I was playing with them, just punching and cutting my paper at random, trying to come up with ideas for how to use them. One of the designs I made reminded me of paper lace, and an idea was born. I have lots of ideas – sometimes dozens of them in a day- so at the time it didn’t occur to me that there was anything special about that one idea. Like most artists, I have more ideas than I could use in a lifetime. But, as time went on, I decided to develop this particular idea further and see what I could do with it. I spent several months designing different paper lace borders, and it occurred to me that my paper lacemaking techniques might make a good scrapbooking or cardmaking or paper crafting idea book.

At that point, I thought it would be wise to see if anyone else had already written a similar idea book. I was surprised at how little information was available online about paper lace. I couldn’t even find that many web sites specifically dedicated to paper lace, although there are plenty of stores that sell doilies and things like that.

I did find several books which have some similar ideas (take a look at my book reviews page and you will see a few of them.) But I could not find any idea books that had projects like the ones I had been creating.

So, I wrote up a book proposal and sent it off.

My proposal was rejected. And rejected. And rejected. I was told that there would not be enough interest in paper lace to make it worthwhile to publish the book. I disagreed then, and I still disagree now. A year later I can say that thousands of people have come to, and MANY of them have been searching for instructions for how to make their own paper lace. So, I think that the publishers were absolutely wrong!

I decided at one point that I was going to self publish my idea book. But, when I researched the process of self publishing, I decided that it wasn’t something I was ready to jump into without testing the water first. Considering that I already have a career as a textile designer- I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do all the writing AND all the photography AND all the graphic design AND all the marketing AND all the sales AND all the packing, shipping and distribution of the book. All that seemed like a daunting amount of work.

But, I wasn’t ready to let the idea die. I still think this idea is worth sharing with other paper crafters.

Enter When I decided to start this web site more than a year ago, Doodlebug Paper Frills were one of the very few commercially available scrapbooking embellishments I could find that resembled paper lace. Fiskars also made some lovely lacy paper punches that thrilled me! Nowadays there are too many lovely lacy supplies to count- diecut lace papers, paper lace stickers, paper lace ribbons and trims and borders, punches galore, and soooo many others. How delightful! It is definitely an exciting time to be a paper lace enthusiast.

However, I still think there is room for handmade paper lace like the kind that I create, and I still want to share these ideas with crafters all over the world.

SO…think of as your new FREE PAPER CRAFTS IDEA BOOK! Only instead of publishing the idea book in book form, I’ll be publishing it in blog format. Within the next few days (hopefully) I will be publishing chapter one online, right here in this blog. You can take a look at the layout above if you are curious about the type of projects that you will learn to make in this “Free idea book” paper lace blog. The paper laces shown there are just a couple of the hundreds of paper lace designs I’ve developed. So I hope that you will add this blog to your feed reader, or bookmark it and check back! Thanks for your interest.