Thursday, July 9, 2015

Re-Examining Your Creative Process: Making the Most of Your Patterned Paper - Day 2

From Brenda Carpenter:

2.  Color Blocking with Patterned Paper.  
Using linear blocks of different patterned papers is a quick and easy way to create a basic layout.  Adding solid color blocks (title and journaling tag) helps the layout from being overwhelmed with patterns.

Always pay attention to the "direction" of the pattern paper to help move your eyes across the layout and bring more focus to the photos.  For eaxmple the verticle line of hearts, flowers and stripes all bring your eyes to the main photo in this layout.  Think about what you want for the main focus of your layout and use patterns to help you accomplish this.

Brenda's Original Instruction

Below are my lift and adapted instructions to create the layout with AMERICAN CRAFTS DEAR LIZZY FINE & DANDY.

  • Photo sizes - 4 x 4 (x2) and 3.75 x 4.5 inches.
  • Heart design - 2 x 7 inches, House pattern - 6 x 9 inches, Stripes - 6 x 1.5 inches.
  • Cut the end strips from your patterned papers and use two of them for this layout.  I used the confetti and stripe strips that you see in this layout.
  • I used cardstock from the July 2015 Bazzill/Cardstock kit that were highlighted for the Pink Paislee kit as they also worked well with this kit. One of the many things that I love about The ScrapRoom Kits is that their colors often work so well together.  Trim the Lime cardstock to 1 x 10.5 inches and 4.75 x 3 inches (trim edges to make tag shape for title.)  Arrange on Grey-Blue cardstock and adhere once you have everything lined up well.
  • Fancy cut a few hearts and a few houses to add dimension to your page from their respective patterned papers.
  • Choose Ephemera and alphabets to fit the theme of your page.  Create a title in the Lime tag, highlight the edges of the tag with some penwork and add a brad or button.
  • Brenda used a TSR stamp to journal on her page where I used Ephemera.  My Ephemera is double matted and doodled.

 Stamps ($3) from the TSR store that may work are:

The first installment to this series may be found here.

Hope you are enjoying this class!  Have a great day!