Paper and Fabric: Using Patterned Scrapbook Paper

                Who doesn’t love patterned paper for their scrapbook pages? I gathered together some of the best suggestions and tips for getting the best and most out of your paper. I’m going to explain how you can use the paper in different ways to fill space without clashing patterns, as well as a few other great tips just for you! It isn’t uncommon for beginner scrappers to find the joys of patterned scrapbook paper and wind up overusing it to a crazy extent. I sure did that. But now I have the experience to know what is best to do when it comes to patterned papers. You can find a ton of great patterned scrapbook paper Singapore for low prices that are well worth the savings.

4 Uses for Patterned Paper

                One of the go-to uses of patterned paper is to create your page background. It can have a huge impact, though it can be a bit difficult to ensure that your photos aren’t overwhelmed and taken over by the backdrop. You can use embellishments to keep the photos the main focal point. For example, a yellow polka dot paper can become overwhelming. However, by using white as the background for photos, titles and embellishments, one can ensure that the photo remains the focus.

                Patterned paper can be a great photo foundation. For example, you can use text-print paper to mount you photos and build up from there based on this foundation. You can use this foundation to build your page around it, giving your photos a unique look while cementing the theme. You can use it to block your page, which allows you to mix different patterns together. You can mix multiple patterns together, though it’s wise to keep in mind whether they are tone-on-tone, multi-colored or tone-on-white. You can pair these fairly well together. You can create beautiful accents for your page using patterned paper. You can mix bold patterns with solid backgrounds to make the colors pop. Punched shapes from your paper can work wonders for embellishing a simple scrapbook with a blast of pattern. Try adding charms to punched out shapes for a cool look.

6 Tips to Patterned Paper

                Make yourself some patterned strips! Cut them into variable lengths to add interest to your page. You can use coordinating color schemes, repeat patterns or contrasting colors to give your scrapbook page some depth instantly. Some strategies include lining the paper to draw the eye toward the central photo or using some strips to create journaling spots.

                Try tracing out and cutting circles from your scrapbook paper. You can use plates and lids for larger circles for your page. Simply set them against the backside of the paper and trace it out. Cut them out with some good quality scissors. You can layer and overlap circles of varying sizes to give your scrapbook page intriguing contrast. You can make circles using coordinating color schemes, patterns and contrast for some depth.

                Try dividing your page into sections. If your page is 12x12, you can take 4 sections of 6x6 scraps of patterned papers. Take the square sections and round the corners out using a corner rounder punch. For an interesting look, you can round out the opposing corners or choose two corners. You can use this technique for creating your own embellishments, such as flowers.  You can experiment with shapes, such as rounded corners of rectangles on patterned paper, layering and stacking.

                Create a wave on your scrapbook page. You can give your page the appearance of motion. Take a sheet of patterned paper and cut into a wave with a pair of quality, sharp scissors. While it may seem simple, it allows the eye to travel across the page. Place embellishments and photos along the way to make it easier for the eye to be drawn to the main focal points.

                You can take smaller rectangles and use them to fill those barren sections of your page. Mixing patterns is a great way to add interest to a simple page, as well as a way to take advantage of those scraps you have lying around. You can take 3x4 rectangles and align them to fill in lower sections of a page. Embellishments can overlap rectangles for a cool look.

                Patterned paper is great when you combine them together. One great strategy is to take the page, and divide it in half. Combine it with some large circles of other patterned paper.

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