When I first started scrapping, pattern paper intimidated me. My early pages consisted largely of cardstock + minimal embellishments. I wanted to use pattern, but I wasn't sure how to incorporate it on a page while still maintaining focus on the photo and story.
Fast forward several years, and I've gotten much more comfortable with patterned paper. In fact, there's rarely a page I create without it! I've learned many tricks to using it, but one of my favorites (and most-used) is to frame each pattern to "contain" it. And grid cut files like the stars I used below are a perfect way to do that!
S U P P L I E S :
Adding a white border around each pattern keeps them confined and separate, so they don't compete for attention. I used eight different patterned papers in this design, in four different colors. While there is definitely energy and motion (which helps support the whole theme of the page - running!) the end result isn't too chaotic because the patterns are organized within clearly defined spaces.
Because there wasn't a great place to include my journaling, I wrote it on a tag and tucked it behind the two photos. A twine topper makes it easy to pull out for reading, and also keeps it from sliding down behind the photos. (I also used some foam squares about halfway down the photos so the tag can't slip too far down.)
To frame the focal point of the page, I grouped pairs of buttons in purple, dark pink and aqua in a triangle around my photos. To keep the embellishment clusters odd-numbers, I added silver star stickers, which also repeat the star theme of the die cut.
You can download both the star grid and title by clicking the graphic below. The zipped archive includes both .svg and .dxf file formats.
Wishing you a fantastic Friday, my friends!