So yeah, I really love patterned paper. Of all my scrapbook supplies, it's definitely the most plentiful. But often I find it's hard to select just a few to feature on a page. So when I'm feeling too indecisive to choose, I'll implement the strip method (and I promise it's not as scandalous as it sounds!)
Using just a small strip of each paper is a great way to gets lots of pattern on a page without overwhelming the design. On this page, I incorporated 10 different patterns, positioning various lengths vertically across the center of my cardstock:
S U P P L I E S :
Yes, it's busy, but the page theme lends itself to a bit of liveliness! You can tone that down if you limit your color palette to two hues, but I've chosen to use blue, green and yellow on my page. Each paper strip is about one-inch wide (though I kind of eyeball that) and staggering the heights of each strip gives the page some energy and motion. For texture, I've tucked a few vintage tags in between some of the strips and added rows of maching stitching as well:
For a final bit of flair, I used the exclusive stencil from the February JBS Mercantile kit to draw the yellow starbursts in the upper left and lower right corners. I used a fine-tip yellow pen, because I'm currently in a fight with my yellow paint dabber, which has twice decided to revolt against my gentle squeezing and explode all over my workspace. (I'll spare you all the gory details and just say me and that yellow paint dabber? We are not friends.) A little sprinking of green pearls and the details are done.
My title is a mix of Pebbles letter stickers and a die cut word "happy" that I designed and cut with my Silhouette. And speaking of which, I'll be sending that very cut file to anyone subscribed to my mailing list next week, so it's a great reason to subscribe to my blog! (And my lawyer says that I should also add: I solemnly promise not to sell your email address to anyone and you are able to unsubscribe at anytime!) So no pressure.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!