When I first started scrapping about 10 years ago, paper piecing was very popular. I think it came from the fact that there were no ready made embellishments so people started making their own. From elaborate torn teddy bears to paper dolls and beach scenes, it was definitely popular. Once scrapping became really popular, manufacturers started making embellishments and for many of us it was the start of the love affair we still with our ready made products.
Lately though with everything crafty and handmade coming back into vogue, paper piecing is making a comeback. It has evolved from the cutesy designs of yesterday into funky and whimsical and I have enjoyed dabbling with it again.
You can draw your designs freehand, find paper piecings online or use clipart images or childrens colouring-in books. Next time you are looking for the perfect something to add to your page, why not try paper piecing.
I'll show you a super simple way to make a cute tree
Use a circle punch or scalloped circle punch to make the "leaves"
Draw a freehand trunk onto the back of some brown cardstock
Cut out the trunk
Put some adhesive onto the back of the tree branches then stick on top of your circle
Make the tree stand out by outlining the tree in felt tipped pen. You could also use ink or chalks to add the definition
Stick some buttons to the tree to represent fruit
I have used this technique on my August Monthly Journalling challenge http://www.scraptherapy.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=243&t=9451
I hope you give it a try :-)