Creating a Sunburst Background Tutorial – Megan Anderson

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One of the cool features of the free Awesome Ladies Project Community Workshop is the monthly sketch challenge, designed by Allie Trumpower. This month’s sketch includes a sunburst background, so I thought I’d show you how I did mine in case you’ve never done one before!

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We’re going to start with a template you can then use to cut your patterned paper into the correct shape. First, choose a single point. This is where all of your bursts will meet and will serve as the focal point of your page.

Now use a ruler to draw your burst lines, making sure each comes back to your point. I chose to make some of the lines run across the page as a whole, while other lines stop at the point.

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After drawing all of your lines, cut each line to create your template.

Then choose the papers you’d like to cover each burst section.

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Next, trace your template onto your patterned paper. Make sure you are touching the top of the template to the back of the patterned paper when you are tracing so you don’t accidentally end up with a flip flopped burst.

Make sure to cut outside of your lines. It’s better to err on the side of a bigger piece, because you can overlap the papers, but it’s hard to cover up a gap.

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Hooray! Now that you have all of your bust pieces, adhere them to a piece of cardstock. To make sure I line everything up properly, I start by adhering pieces on the corners.

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To get a circle for the middle of your burst, grab a bowl and trace!

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Now add your photo and decorate away! I love the ROYGIV order to my papers and had fun matching embellishments to each color burst.

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I can’t wait to see your sunburts! Make sure to check out the sketch and the other awesome lady takes Awesome Ladies Project Community Workshop. Make your own take on the sketch and be entered to win a prize!

Megan is a crafty nerd who loves documenting life at The Nerd Nest. When she’s not on nerdy adventures, she spends her time filling up pocket scrapbooking albums, reading big stacks of books, and making stuff. She loves documenting her everyday life and sharing daily memory keeping tips on Instagram, creative writing, coffee, sociology, and learning as much as her brain will hold. She believes in the power of stories and wants to inspire you to tell yours. Join her in Pocket Your Year, a year long pocket scrapbooking e-course!

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  • vanessa oliver-lloyd

    this is so awesome!!!