A couple of weeks ago, I drove over to the local paint store to pick up an order. They are only serving customers curb-side, so I waited outside as they collected my paint cans. As I was waiting, a pile of wallpaper sample books leaned up against the wall under a sign that read “free” caught my eye. Hmmm…well, don’t mind if I do. I figured the books would be filled with dated papers that would be of no interest, but I actually found two books with a lot of great patterns.
One of them is filled with stripes. I was particularly drawn to the grain sack stripes. Aren’t they so cool?
The second book is the real treasure, though. It’s filled with grasscloth and paper weaves!
I’m sure some of you can guess why I collected the books and put them in my van, but others might wonder what in the world I’ll do with wallpaper sample books! Of course, there is a wide variety of paper crafts that could be done with them, but here are the ways I plan to use the papers…
I like samples for inspiration boards and playing with design ideas. Even if the paper or fabric is no longer made, the physical sample can provide a visual of what might work. Some of these papers will definitely make it to my inspiration board. Just because they are pretty and might spark an idea.
flat lay backdrop
I also like to use papers and fabrics to add color and/or texture to a flat lay or other photo vignettes. These samples will be perfect for that use. I realize most people aren’t looking for flat lay backdrops, but I do a lot of photoshoots, so it makes sense for me!
A use that has broader appeal would be selecting a piece of paper to use as a backing for a small photo or piece of art. I think the grasscloth samples will be especially nice for that.
Of course, wallpaper sample books are also perfect to test out in your rooms to see if a color or pattern would work in your space. This is specifically helpful if the print is still being made, but it can give you a point in the right direction even if it’s retired. You might be able to find some rolls on discount through an online search or something similar carried by another brand.
I didn’t find any papers in the wallpaper sample books that I picked up that I would want to use in my house, but I did finally find a beautiful blue and white print to use in my 1/2 bath in some samples I ordered online. I’ve been looking for a pretty paper for that room for a while and haven’t found one that I really love that doesn’t cost a fortune! I’ll share what I selected in another post.
Until then, if you’re interested in doing some wallpapering, here are a few posts that might be helpful…
Would you have picked up the wallpaper sample books?
How would you put them to use?