If you haven't been over to Scraptastic Club's site in the past week or so, you may not have noticed that they now have a Store!!! I got some awesome new goodies and I just finished 2 layouts using the some of the gorgeous new Gossamer Blue products. Today I thought I would share my love for using patterned papers as backgrounds for my layouts. The key is to keep it light or to be sure you have good contrast to show off your photos. For both of my pages I used mostly the "Gramercy Road" collection. I love the very nice detailed papers that have great colors, but over all they read as lighter more neutral tones and they don't overwhelm the photos. There are several papers in this collection that make great background papers.
For my first layout I chose a lighter blue/grey pattern for the
background and it has just enough of a pattern to keep the layout from
looking as flat as it would with a solid paper. The light papers kept
the page from becoming too busy because my photos are already busy and
dark. I also used one of the darker patterned papers to have nice
contrast for my title. I used some old twine that I bought when I was
antiquing to tie a double bow on the tag and then added a few of the die
cut leaves to the ends.
Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Sheridan Place Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road West Seventh Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Tupelo Ridge Paper ,Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Tags ,Gossamer Blue On My Desk Gold Foil Transparencies , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Ephemera,
I have to point out the 3/4 transparency card from the "On My Desk"
collection that I used behind my die cut tag, these cards are the
perfect touch when your layout needs that extra something.
For my second layout I used a light wood grain paper from the Sweater
Weather collection by Simple Stories and I may need 10 more sheets of
this one! I wanted a more out door look for my safari photos. I thought
it would be a great way to lighten up my animal photos. Often times, zoo
or outdoor layouts are darker colors and the photos aren't the focus.
Simple Stories Sweater Weather Crisp Days Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road West Seventh Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Tupelo Ridge Paper , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road The Third Ward Paper, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Leaves , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Tags , Gossamer Blue On My Desk Gold Foil Transparencies , Fancy Pants Designs True Friend Sequins , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Skinny Labels, Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Die Cut Ephemera , Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road Enamel Dots ,
The package of tags and the package of die cut leaves helped me put
together a very coordinated page in less time then my pages normally
take. I added some white sequins to the leaves and straight stitched for
a dimensional border.