Ways to Use Patterned Paper
Patterned paper is one of the most common and useful scrapbooking tools. There are so, so many ways to use it. In addition to the techniques I have listed below, scrapbooking paper can be used in card making, crafting around the house and in pretty much all of your paper crafting adventures. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it! Use scraps and lots of different patterns in your layouts. This will create a fun, whimsical vibe, and will help your focus photo stand out if you place your paper strategically. Have more tips for share? Comment below and let us know what they are!
1) Create Your Own Ephemera with Patterned Paper
This technique also helps by scaling down a busy pattern. Using just a punched portion of the patterned paper adds color and cheerfulness but doesn’t overwhelm the eye. You can also use stamps to create a specific image, cut around it and layer the image. Creating ephemera with this technique is great for flowers, tags and more.
Paste them together and create truly unique, layered ephemera! You can use a pencil to curl the edges of the paper, and foam dots between the layers to create a 3D embellishment.
2) Cut Words and Quotes Out of the Patterned Paper for your Layout
I don’t love this page personally (below). It is too busy for the background. Instead of leaving it unused, however I can cut out words to add some whimsy and dimension to my layout.
3) Use Patterned Paper as a Photo Mat
Mating your photos makes them pop. And patterned paper will make everything more colorful and interesting. I often use multiples layers of patterned paper when I mat a photo, to create more dimension. Below are some photos of my use of pattered paper in my layouts.
4) Patterned Paper for Scrapbook Journaling
Journaling is a tool to make your story come alive. What is the theme of your scrapbook? What is it you are looking to illustrate? Once you have decided on that, it is time to write out your most treasured memories to help tell the story along with your photos. Check out out page on How to Include Journaling in Your Scrapbook for more ideas.
Comment below with your pictures and experience!