Create Your Own Embellishments | Folded Circles

I’ve been seeing some cool layouts recently with folded circle elements, like this one (3rd layout down) and this one (cool technique!). And awhile back, I pinned this awesome layout to Pinterest to remind myself that one day soon, I wanted to experiment with folded circles.

Over this past weekend there was no time to create any layouts, but I did spend a little time experimenting with some folded circles of my own. I don’t have any projects in mind for these elements yet, but it was fun to try something new!

Folded Circle Borders

Do you ever find yourself with a double sided pattern paper where you love both the front and the back so much that you can’t decide which one use on your layout? Why not create your own embellishments to show both sides?

That was what I was thinking about as I started folding circles. I loved both sides of this My Mind’s Eye paper, Playful Galaxy. I folded up two sides of my circles so that you could still see the B side of the paper in the background. Once I had my circles folded I cut them in half to start a border inspired by the layout from Lisa Tonto.

First, I glued down the flaps of my half circle pieces. Then I took a die cut scallop border and attached it to a strip of cardstock.

Then I took my folded circle pieces and  attached them to the scallop strip at regular intervals. I added a strip of Family Speckle pattern paper to hide bottom edges and now I have two border strips ready for a 2 page layout.

Here’s a different idea for this same kind of folded circles. This idea works great when you have a pattern paper with highly contrasting patterns.

With these circles created from Basic Grey’s Tartlet, I drew a line across my page and just attached each folded circle (making sure that all the top flaps of the circles were folded in the same direction) in a row. Not only does it allow you to see both sides of the pattern paper, but it creates really cool dimension, without the bulk.

Folded Circle Embellishments

I also pulled a few 6×6 pages from this new pad, Happier from My Mind’s Eye. For these embellishments, I wanted them to be a little bit bigger so more of the patterns would show. I cut 2 inch circles, folded and then added a brad or flower to finish them off. You can also ink the edges and add gems or other small embellishments.

I don’t usually create elements before I know how I’m going to use them. I prefer to wait until I have a layout or card in mind. But sometimes, its fun to just experiment. I had several showings and a open house over the weekend so I couldn’t keep out any of my supplies or layouts in progress. I only had a little bit of time to play, so I got in my creativity fix by experimenting. My challenge now will be finding a way to work these into future layouts!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Like the borders. Sometimes just experimenting is as fun as creating.

    • Exactly! 😀

  2. Those are so cool, Tammy!
    Thanks for sharing so many good tips and tutorials 🙂

    • You are so welcome!

  3. These are awesome! I love to make embellishments like this for future use too!

    • That’s my next storage dilemma – what’s the best way to keep all this premade stuff so that it’s accessible and I REMEMBER I have it ready to go. Will have to work on that! 🙂

  4. loving your borders… I also enjoy making my own embellishments so thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Folded paper embellishments are really cute! I will have to try this one!!

    • Show me if you do! 🙂

    • Thanks! 🙂

  6. Looks like it was lots of fun to play with this technique! I’m trying to make my own embellishments more often. Hope you will show us if you use these on a layout!

    • I sure will! 🙂

  7. These are so fun.
    Great ideas, I really like the last one 🙂



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