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Tutorial: Using Large/Bold Patterend Papers

I got a great question from Audrey, a reader of my personal blog, who wants to know how to use large, bold patterned paper. I know how intimidating this can be when you're first getting used to it. Here are a few tips to get you started...

Tip #1 - Go Minimal
Let your bold patterned paper be the majority on your layout. Choose one of the colors from the pattern to add a small frame to a photo and then journal right on the photo. This is a great way to get a big impact from a print you love and still bring focus to your photo and journaling. This is one of my favorite layouts. I love the simplicity and I love this bold patterned paper.

Tip #2 - Cut it up
A craft Knife can be your best friend when working with large patterned papers. I love the Bo Bunny retractable craft knife for this job. Cut out certain large elements of your pattern and use them as a focal point for a coordinating paper from the same line with a smaller pattern. In the first layout below I cut a large flower from the patterned paper that is along the top of my photos and used it to accent the smaller patterned paper from the same collection. And in the second layout I simply cut flowers from a large floral patterend paper and layered them, curling the edges for dimmension.

Tip #3 - Overlap Edges
You can also use your craft knife to just cut the edge of a large pattern out and overlap them over your photo. This is a great technique for making your photo look like a part of the overall layout and also creates the illusion of multiple layers without all of the effort. For this layout I cut the edges of the swirls in the pattern and laid them over the photos edges.

I hope that helps answer your question.
Go forth and create with bold, graphic and large patterns!
And please share your projects in the Scrap Review Flickr Gallery.


Rose said...

These are great ideas! I love the bold papers and really like the layouts presented. Very inspiring!

Theresa said...

These are awesome tips, and love that you have examples to show the actual use. I too struggled with large patterned prints when I first started out - in fact, I struggled with patterned paper period. Now I can't live without it - wish I had all these great tips to get me started back then - would have saved me a lot of time staring at the paper wondering what in the world I was going to do with it!

Marla said...

Great ideas on using bold background papers to scrap with. I usally shy away from them because I feel like they take too much away from my photos so I tend to just use them for card backgrounds. I love the help you gave.

mustangkayla said...

Fabulous ideas and fantastic layouts! thanks!

Vicki said...

Thank you for that tutorial. It's something I struggle with and you have given me great ideas. Thanks!

Amanda Profumo said...

Beautiful layouts! What type of black pen do you use to write directly on your photos?

BethW said...

So I take it you were reading my mind. As I looked more closely at the Studio Calico kit I was thinking-wow this is way out of my league. This tutorial sure helps-thank you!

Diana said...

What great pages. I found you here after seeing your beautiful layouts/pages over at the SC gallery.
I also liked the post with the different blog links. I found them really useful and added them to my blog links too!