Sunday, August 16, 2009

You know that patterned paper?

Hi I want to talk about those papers we just *love* but sometimes get stuck on how to use them.

Typically, these are the papers with the detail around the corners and a whole lotta white space in between. If you're anything like me, those are the sheets I reach for first when shopping, although when I get home, I usually get a bit stumped on how to actually use them.

Upsy Daisy Designs has a perfect example in the "A New Day" line. Here's "Hope":

Beautiful, right?

One way is to cut out little pieces from the corners that you can use later. Cover up the cut-out bits and keep going with your page construction as you normally would.

When you reach the embellishing, which I keep for the end, play around with the cut-out pieces and see what looks best on your page.

*Don't feel bad about changing the original pattern of the paper. Remember, it's yours for the interpretation.

This is what I ended up with:

I used the sheet "Inspire" (both sides) to finish off this page.

Note how I cut out just the little red flowers and then placed them on the almost-completed page, in spots that best suited my design, and made them a bit more dimensional with pop-dotted buttons and bit of twine.

Okay, that's it from me for today.
Enjoy your week, and what's left of summer :)


LynneForsythe said...
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LynneForsythe said...

Lacintha....deleted my original post... I spelt your name wrong ;( What a GORGEOUS layout....thank you for sharing that tutorial... the red accents make the layout pop!!!

KimmyS said...

Yep I totally agree with you there - I always go for those papers too and then scratch my head on how to best use them. LOVE how you used the papers here. Fab

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow...awesome layout!!

Cin Cin said...

Those are some great tips! I love what you ended up with. A TOTALLY FUN and colorful page! TFS! :)

Sandi Counceller said...

Very Pretty! I have a layout on my blog with this paper line as welll - I love red, white, and blue!

Ki said...

Yummy page Lacintha and great tips!!