Welcome back! Quick question - how many struggle just a little when mixing patterned paper? Well, not to worry as designer Kelly Goree is here to share some of her tried, tested and true tips and tricks for mixing patterned paper!
"Hello, everyone and Happy NSD!! I'm so excited to be here today to celebrate with you (and celebrate a bit later on today for the Kentucky Derby...AND Cinco de Mayo! What a crazy fun day!).
Today I'm going to share with you five simple tips for helping you mix patterned paper. How I do it is probably the number one question I get asked about my scrapbooking and truly it's quite simple and it doesn't need to be intimidating. With these tried and true tricks, you can start mixing papers with ease and using up those gorgeous papers in no time! So here we go:
1. LIMIT yourself!
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to use multiple patterned papers is to stay within a manufacturer's given paper line or range. Manufacturers put out collections just for this reason. Everything from chipboard to buttons to brads and back again. So not only can you mix and match papers with ease, you can embellish to your heart’s content and know that your design will turn out beautifully.
2. CONTRAST is key!
Colors that are too similar or of the same intensity tend to get lost when put next to each other and what we’re after is getting your layout noticed! Put that spring green next to an orange. Add a pop of black to some bright blues. I want you to mix it up and be bold!
3. VARIETY is the spice of life!
To really get the most out of my patterned paper, my ‘go-to’ trick is to vary the size and shape of the patterns I'm using. I'll use a stripe with a small dot, then add in a large floral. When the patterns are different sizes and styles, they will stand out when placed together.
4. USE in moderation!
Here is one that a lot of people struggle with, myself included. Many patterns out there can be overwhelming because they are bright or bold or have a very large design, but you love them and want to use them! Just remember, you don’t have to use an entire sheet of paper. There’s no rule that says you “have to”, so don't be afraid to use that bold pattern, just use it in moderation.
5. FRAME it in!
This is by far my favorite trick for managing lots of patterns because it truly is one of the easiest – reign in those multiple patterns by using a "frame". Simply by adding a cardstock border around your layout design, you will instantly contain your patterns!
It's really that easy! So get out there, get creating and use those patterned papers. Have a fantastic NSD! ~ Kelly
Did you happen to notice Kelly's beautiful layout above? (heehee, of course you did!) But did you notice she has used the brand new Shine On collection from BasicGrey? Are you in it, to win it?
If you are, leave a comment below by Thursday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. and we'll choose one lucky winner to receive this fabulous collection! Good luck! Be sure to also visit BasicGrey today on facebook and tell them that SCT sent you! They love hearing from you!
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