Product Review: Crate Paper Neighborhood Collection Patterne

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Article Courtesy by Heidi Anne Giebel


Product Name: Crate Paper - Neighborhood Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad


The 6"x6" patterned paper pad holds 32 single-sided sheets of paper. There are eight different patterns and you get four sheets of each. This Crate Paper Neighborhood patterned paper pad is $5.99.

Product Description:
Crate Paper is known for its popular and whimsical designs when it come to patterned paper and the Neighborhood Collection does not disappoint. This paper collection is adorable.  The colors are fresh and current with shades of pink, mustard yellow, slate blue, powder blue and olive green. The little characters throughout are darling. There are kittens, tiny birds, bumblebees, little houses and lots of flowers. There is even a design that incorporates trendy banners.

In Use:
This tiny 6"x6" paper pack is perfect for cardmakers as well as scrapbookers.  The patterns on these papers are sized in proportion to the 6"x6" size of the paper pad; you are not getting large 12"x12" patterns cut down. This collection would be perfect for happy, cheery cards for any occasion. The Crate Paper Neighborhood Collection would make a wonderful mini album about a child or a pet. If doodling is your thing, this paper pad is perfect for scrapbooking pages where you might doodle on them as well.

Tips & Techniques:
When creating cards with this Crate Paper Neighborhood patterned paper pad, I choose a busy pattern and complement it with a less busy pattern. This way I am able to allow the vibrant pattern to really stand out while the more subdued pattern supports it.

To keep my patterned paper from overpowering my card I use an oversized  embellishment or cover part of my patterned paper with a piece of solid cardstock.

When using a 6"x6" patterned paper pad for a scrapbooking page, I choose two or three patterns from the collection. Then, I take the 6"x6" papers and arrange them on my background paper, overlapping them to create a pleasing base for my photos.

Project Ideas & Examples:

For this puppy dog card I placed the lighter colored dog over the top of a darker colored pink polka-dot patterned paper to allow the dog to really stand out.

I let the sweet Neighborhood Collection patterned paper stand on its own with this card by placing the large bird cage in the center, allowing you to see the beautiful paper around it.

I used the quiet slate-blue dotted patterned paper as a base for my embellishments on this card.

I wanted the banner pattern to really show with this card so I placed the large embellishment off center to the left.

I knew that this patterned paper was too lively to stamp a sentiment directly on to so I layered a scalloped circle over it, stamped my sentiment and then adhered my embellishment.

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