I've collected several packages of lettered stickers over the years. Most of the designs are a bit on the girlie side - colorful with glitter and sparkle. I thought I'd switch gears a little and create a paperweight that's more masculine.
This project will cover the basic steps involved in creating a layout with lettered stickers; whether you're writing out a name, a monogram, or a short sentiment.
I'm using pieces from Tim Holtz's idea-ology collection for this paperweight. This includes a piece of 8 x 8 collage paper from a paper stash book, as well as a set of Cirque stickers.
The paperweight style shown is the Heirloom Rectangle (PhotoWeights: Heirloom Rectangle).
The first thing you'll need to do is to create a guide line for the letters on the background paper you'll be using. Because a pencil mark may leave some traces behind, even after you erase it, I prefer using tape that has a non-permanent adhesive that won't damage the paper. You can also use Post-it notes (as shown above.)
The Cirque stickers (idea-ology #TH93082) have a slightly metallic, aged pewter finish with embossed detailing. Each letter measures roughly 1" high.
To center your text, adhere the stickers to your background paper beginning in the middle and working your way out. Use the guide you created earlier to help ensure your letters are even. To justify left or right, begin applying the letters from that side.
If you're not sure if the text will fit within the display area of your paperweight, check your layout periodically with a template or by placing the paperweight directly over your work.
After the letters are in place, use a display area template (PhotoWeights: Display Area Templates) to trace around the area you would like to display in your paperweight.
Carefully cut the background paper along your trace line.
Place the background paper (with letters attached) to the adhesive side of the mounting board that's included with your PhotoWeights paperweight kit.
Once the background paper has been attached to the mounting board, it's ready to display in your paperweight.
To finish your paperweight, place the mounting board face-down into the recessed area on the bottom of the paperweight. Lastly, cover the bottom of your paperweight with the finishing pad that's included with your paperweight kit.