Today's Design Tip Post for Memories Trends is all about a beloved product: Pattern Paper. Most scrapbookers who enjoy layering patterns will be familiar with the Gallon-Quart-Pint rule governing the proportion of different patterns to use. They will probably also factor variations in pattern size, scale and density into their design. So I wouldn't go through these considerations. Instead I'll share my unifying tip for creating cohesive and coherent pattern mixtures.
Unifying Patterns :
- select a unifying colour - for my sample layout I use white, but you can chose any shade you like.
- select patterns that contain some shade of this unifying colour - here I use polka dot and circles patterns that include white, on the wood grain chevron that doesn't have any white tones in it I add a camera motif using opaque white embossing powder. having this common colour run through most of your patterns will create a unifying effect.
- add unifying colour in between patterns - what this means in my example is that I introduce white elements like an envelop, a doily, a polaroid frame between different patterns. this separation allows for breathing room between patterns and minimises the commonly encountered problem of patterns becoming too 'busy'
- tone down overwhelming patterns - I've done this on my background by overlaying with a vellum. other options will be to apply a thin layer of paint or gesso over the pattern paper. alternatively you can sew tissue or light muslin on top of the pattern.
Hope you find this tip on mixing patterns useful and start creating more pattern-filled pages.
Memories Trend Supplies : Pink Paislee Soiree Trellis, Echo Park (Everyday Eclectic Journaling Card, For the Record Picket Fence), American Crafts (DIY Shop 6"x6" Paper Pad, Zing Opaque White Embossing Powder) Kaisercraft Basecoat 4"x6" Journal Cards, MME (All Is Bright Collage, Follow Your Heart Be Happy Adorable), Basic Grey (Knee Highs & Bow Ties Wooden Flag, Carte Postale 6"x6" Paper Pad), Jenni Bowlin Wired Vellum Feathers, Technique Tuesday Adored Clear Stamp, Bazzill (White Vellum, White Cardstock), Tsukineko Versafine (Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia), Ranger Watermark Resist Ink Pad, Ranger Heat It Tool, WRMK (SewEasy Floss Yellow, Envelope Punch Board). Others : Citrus Twist Stamp, sequins
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