Saturday, July 26, 2014

Playing with Patterned Paper

     Hi everyone.   Ally here and I am excited to show you my layout using designs from Sweet Caroline at Pixels and Company. Check out her store.  Her kits are very versatile and some of the prettiest papers I have ever seen.
     Maybe you are like me and many other scrappers who have a hard time "playing outside the box" with patterned papers.  So many kits offer such beautiful patterned papers and we often stick to a solid background with a pattern over it.  It can be daunting to mix and match patterns.  It's fun be fun to mix and match patterns.  Just jump right in!
    You will  find as you keep adding and deleting papers from your layout, you change the papers over and over (which I did in my layout and you will see)  Experimenting is so much fun and you don't have to worry about making any mistakes because they can always be corrected!   I modeled my layout after one of our extremely talented team members-Zakira.  Her layout caught my eye and I had to scrap lift it!!!  One of my favorite kits from Celeste is "Cameo"  I love "newspaper" papers.  I also used items from "In Bloom".  Mixing from kits is so much fun.  To start with, here is the layout from Zakira I liked so much:

I started with one of the background papers from Cameo that is a newsprint, which I absolutely love.  I used that as my background.  Then I selected the newsprint that had pictures, another of my favorite papers and like my team member, I also cropped and layered from the papers.  There is no magic to cropping, I use the rectangular marquee tool in PSE.  You see the dotted box below and I right click on my mouse and choose "layer via copy"

Now you can see the framing is coming along nicely.  I played around with the framing a bit, to figure out where I wanted each frame to go.

I added all the framing I wanted as well as framing my two pictures.  I wanted to go easy on elements since I had the patterned papers.  I found some floral stamp elements in the kit "In Bloom" and added those.  One as a border and the other as a decoration in the top left corner as you can see.  I also decided to add another floral paper for contrast.  

Here is the finished layout.  I added the word art from "In Bloom"

The kits I used by Sweet Caroline (Celeste Knight) were "Cameo" and "In Bloom" .  You can check out her entire store at Pixels and Company. 

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