Product Review: Echo Park Dots and Stripes Collection
Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Rachel Myerson
Product Name: Echo Park Dots and Stripes Collection
The entire collection pack for either color scheme can be purchased for $13.99. Individual double-sided patterned papers are available for 0.89, sticker sheets are $2.99, and a 6"x6" paper pad containing 24 sheets is available for $5.99.
Echo Park Paper Company, formed in April 2010, is named after Echo Park, the original home of the silent film. Each of their collections offers a themed set of 12 papers along with two coordinating sticker sheets. The Dots and Stripes collection consists of two basic collections, each of which are based on six colors.
The Metropolitan Dots and Stripes collection has a more masculine color scheme, consisting of black, grey, red, lime green and two shades of blue. The Candy Shoppe Dots and Stripes collection is a more feminine collection consisting of orange, brown, yellow, light blue and two shades of pink. The patterned paper in each color is available with large dots, small dots, diagonal stripes, and straight stripes for a total of 24 patterns on 12 double-sided papers per collection. The alphabet sticker sheet contains two alphabets styles plus a third style with numbers. The elements sticker sheet contains borders and some basic stickers which can be used for journaling or other purposes.
The Dots and Stripes collection is a perfect staple that can be used by itself or combined with other scrapbooking items. These traditional colors and simple patterns will not go out of style. The basic patterns in these collections are flexible and can be used for a variety of themes. One of the best parts of this collection is the banner stickers on the alphabet sticker sheet; they are a really easy way to make a great-looking banner. The only disadvantage is that there are not enough of these wonderful banner stickers.
Echo Park makes high-quality, double-sided papers and initially repositionable stickers that are easy to work with.
Tips & Techniques:
- Use the collection pack by itself to quickly create a coordinated layout.
- Combine papers from the Dots and Stripes collection with matching patterns from other Echo Park collections or other manufacturers.
- Since the patterns are very basic, they can be used in place of cardstock, particularly when framing a layout.
- Combine the stickers with the papers to make quick greeting cards.
Project Ideas & Examples:
This layout about my son's race uses papers and stickers from the Metropolitan collection. I used the diagonal stripes on the reverse of the navy large dot paper to frame the layout. I used some small pieces of the patterned paper and stickers from the collection with some random journaling spots to form my embellishment cluster. I love how the banner stickers can be used for a simple title.
There are several stickers in this collection with a greeting already on them that are just perfect for cards. I used the patterned papers that matched the thank you sticker from the Metropolitan collection to put together this quick thank you card.