Saturday, October 24, 2015

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

Some of my fondest memories of the first few years after high school involve this group of girls.  It is amazing how quickly you can bond when you're all thrown into a new place and not knowing anybody.  I'll always have a special place for everyone on this page!

The pink and green are our Delta Zeta colors.  When I saw the The ScrapRoom's July 2015 Patterned Paper Kit, (still available BTW), I was hoping to find a picture from sorority to take advantage of the wonderful, bright papers included in the patterned paper kit from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss line.

Brenda Carpenter's Patterned Paper Series notes are below:

4. Think 2/3 Pattern to 1/3 Solid.  To maintain a good balance of colors and patterns in your layout, compose the design with 2/3 of the patterned paper to 1/3 of the cardstock.  When doing a 12 x 12 sized layout, trim the paper to 8 inches in length and build your design from there.

Note also the use of the contrasting photo corners, adding impact to the layout and drawing the eye to the photos and away from the "busy" patterned paper. (See #1 from October 13ths post.)

"College Life" [12 x 12 inch layout]  - using notes from Brenda's class adapted for my Pink 
Paislee Citrus Bliss layout.

  • 4.75 x 6.75 inch photo matted in pink cardstock, finished at 5 x 7 inches.
  • Base of layout -- Green cardstock.
  • Trim 8 x 12 inch of pink patterned paper.
  • Trim 6 x 11 inch section of green paper and round edges. ( I actually used 6 x 4 inches.  I cut it as 6 x 3 and 6 x 1 inch, and tucked the edges under the pink to be frugal.)
  • Cut a 4.25 inch diameter circle out of white cardstock for the title.
  • Punch or cut photo corners out of Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Seeds.
  • Trim 9.75 x 5.75 white cardstock for journal box. Matte with 10 x 6 inch lime green cardstock.
  • I used a die cut for the title circle border.  Brenda instructs to "Create 8 ribbon tabs to border the title circle."
  • Add additional embellishments to your liking.
We are almost half-way through the Patterned Paper Series.  Have you liked it?  Are you using the instructions?  Should I continue?  Thanks, in advance, for any feedback.

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