I love to mix patterns, and variations on the same pattern! For example, on my layout I have 2 sizes of polka dot paper in similar shades with white. I also used red and white diagonal striped paper with hints of tone-on-tone green and blue diagnoal striped sail boat embellishments. I also added some squares of grid/graph pattern to compliment my base grid patterned paper.
This photo shows my title, made from individual letter stickers. I often overlap my font stickers to give them the appearance they would have in a word processed setting, especially if I am running low on room! I chose this bright lime green as a contrast to the red, and a s a pop of color!
This detail photo shows my very favorite technique to use to add dimension and character to my layouts - edge distressing with a coarse grit sanding block!
And finally, this angled shot of my photo framing shows the multi-layered dimensional effect I created with foam pop up dots, and the leftover "negative" pieces of paper from diecutting squares with my Sizzix Big Shot! I love to use scraps!
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This layout my youngest son and I two Easter vacations ago at the pool! I am giving him lots of hugs, kisses, and squeezes, so I thought "XO" would be a fitting title!
Here is the list of products/manufacturers I used to create this layout: atd Momenta Knee Socks Puffy font stickers Authentique Splendid Collection, Renown paper Bazzill Basics "Blue Calypso" cardstock Crate Paper Borders CTMH Just Blooms Paper Shapes Flutter butterflies My Mind's Eye: Follow Your Heart Collection paper and decorative brads Tim Holz Ranger Distress Ink: Scattered Straw
So as you can see, I love patterned paper! And lots of it! I have also been playing with black cardstock as my base, and I like how it worked with these photos! I used my Fiskars handheld circle cutter for the "circle" in yellow from Pink Paislee's Junque collection. The black and creme pattern and the blue/yellow fleur de lis patterned paper are from 7 Gypsies, as is the title piece ADVENTURE. The 3 red stars are also fussy cut from another sheet in that same paper pad. The printed butterflies are from Close To My Heart - and I must say, I love them! The strip at the top with the word "destination" is from Pink Paislee, and is actually a transparent border sticker! The font stickers in the lower right corner are from Carolee Adorn It. Don't you love the old world script font stickers that appear to be written by quill pen! (And these are ancient stickers by Flavia). The gold/white striped paper is from echo park's Little Boy collection. The blue/yellow polka dot accents in the top right corner, on the lower left photo corner, as well as the red/black circle strip in the top left are border stickers from Crate Paper. I really got a kick out of all these primary colors, and I hope I have inspired you in just a tiny way, to feel more confident to play with angles, shapes, lots of fonts, various manufacturers and collections, and of course ----- patterns!