Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mixing up those pattern papers!

Everyone has their "trademark" style of paper crafting...maybe you ALWAYS have ribbon on your layout, or perhaps you're a stampaholic, or you just HAVE to have stickers galore. Me? I'm a pattern paper nut, most pages I creat will have 2-3 patterns workong together. I love to mix colors, polka dots and stripes, and just play until they layer together and work well with my photos. To help in this direction, I store my papers in 2 different ways- some by theme like "vintage", "winter" and "travel". Others that don't fit into themed categories are simply sorted by color. It makes it easy when I'm, scrapping, I grap my photos and a few sheets of cardstock, and then I hit the pattern paper files, searching for anything that might coordinated.

I was excited to see the October challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month they are looking for pages that combine 3 pattern papers, all from different manufacturers. I pulled out an old photo of my daughter and my niece (hello 2003!!)and printed it 3 times wallet size- rather than enlarge the photo, I wanted to go tiny to emphasize the "tinyness" of the 2 little girls.

Starting with the black and white polka dot paper as my background, I searched through my scraps for 2 other PPs that would work. Loved the green for something unexpected, and wanted red to go with the photo-but not TOO red. The maroon scrap was the right color I was looking for, but the pattern was too much for me. To resolve this issue, I crumpled the scrap, flattened it out, and then ran over the wrinkles with a sanding block to take the edge off! Try the challenge yourself, grab a bold pattern and a couple of scraps, and see what kind of layering you can do with the unexpected! =) T


  1. Oh, I love that photo!!! And great paper! Thanks for digging into your stash and joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!

  2. Great LO and what a fab idea scrunching and sanding to make your paper work. Very cute photo's,thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous.

  3. Love your explanation and great layout! Thanks for playing along over at Scrapbookers Anonymous! Thank you also for becoming a follower of my blog! I'm happy to return the favor and give you an even dozen!

  4. WOWzer... the layout is simply gorgeous... I love the simplicity of this layout...and beautiful and fun photos too..

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous....


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