Username Post: trying a layout with more than 2 colors/types of paper        (Topic#1584261)
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I'm trying to expand on my layouts but I'm not sure how to go about it. If I have 3-4 co-ordinating papers what's the best way to show them. The background will be lighter. Could someone give tips on how to do this? Thanks!


 
debby_westbrook
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In response to lvcrftg

I'm not sure how to explain it so here is a sample of a couple lo's I did with co-ordinating papers. If the papers are all patterned I will tone them down with a solid color. Also if you go through the Gallery, you will see so many Gorgeous lo's where different papers have been used on one lo...

Little Miss Ladybug By Debby_westbrook

Rock On By Debby_westbrook

You Make Me Happy By Debby_westbrook


 
binkiemonstermom
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In response to debby_westbrook

I agree, a solid piece of cardstock helps to break up your patterns. But I consider small patterns/polka dots and sometimes stripes to be a solid when I am planning my pages. I have several new blog posts and gallery pictures that have LOTS of patterns on them!!!


 
Diva
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In response to binkiemonstermom

LOve the layouts. I am always afraid of using too many patterned papers in one layout, but I love the outcome. I just need to learn my "eyes" more.


 
catzscrapper
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In response to lvcrftg

I like to use whatever papers make me feel right about that page, if it takes many, that's OK! I like to use punches with one of the coordinates, then use those as embellishments. For example, punch flowers, then add a brad as the center and maybe some glitter or embossing and then make a border under the title with them. Or make a card with some coordinates and add that to your LO and use as a place for hidden journeling or more pictures. Use as many or as few as YOU wish to! There are so many ways you can make colors work


 
bigredssw
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In response to catzscrapper

There are lots of examples in the gallery of several papers from a collection layered on a page. Search for the Graphic 45 "Ladies Diary" collection...there are some beautiful pages that use 4 or 5 papers from the collection. There is a page in my gallery called "Hats" that has several layers of those papers...my inspiration was from some layouts here in the gallery.


Edited by bigredssw on 01-22-13 04:30 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
olleharr
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In response to bigredssw

There are so many ways you can incorporate patterns. One is to use strips of the papers you like like this;


Or you could layer pieces of patterned paper and also embellish like here with the flowers;


I use up a lot of my scrap paper doing this. Just play around and have fun with it!


 
Diva
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In response to olleharr

LOve those layouts! Thanks for sharing!


 
jaxxan
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In response to bayamonesa1

one of the things that have helped me is that companies are coming out with solid with a subtle monochromatic pattern. You still get the solid cardstock effect with a subtle pattern. It makes it easier to match patterns.

a couple of examples....


Edited by jaxxan on 01-26-13 12:46 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
madmatter
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In response to jaxxan

collection packs are your friends ... the papers come from the same collection are designed to go together and make it a lot easier to mix and match


 
New Kid On the Block
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In response to debby_westbrook

Sometimes double matting your pictures with two sloid coordinating papers will help to bring, the focus to your pictures, but also make your patterned papers flow tgether better.


 
SHeaRI
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In response to lvcrftg

Here are some ways I've done this before...

Quadrants:
I always want to be By SHeaRI

Strips:
Better than being a superhero By SHeaRI

Layered:
...beautiful By SHeaRI


 
Mama2Thomas
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  • jaxxan Said:
one of the things that have helped me is that companies are coming out with solid with a subtle monochromatic pattern. You still get the solid cardstock effect with a subtle pattern. It makes it easier to match patterns.....



YES, what previous poster said above! Also another thing I found very helpful is to use patterns from the same collection. For a contrasting effect, I will use a busy pattern next to a more subtle pattern. Or stripes against small dots. Here is one example:



Here is one using papers from different companies. I find that matting or using some solid cardstock helps separate the patterns. Also one of my favorite things to do is to use a solid with a subtle monochromatic pattern as the background.



 
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