I promised myself a while ago that I would stop buying thematic paper(that's what I am calling it). But I did it again. I have San Francisco paper and I need some ideas on how to be creative with it. Any ideas? The paper I have has a giant Golden Gate bridge on it, and another sheet has a shot of the city with a cable car in the forefront. Thematic paper is beautiful, but can be limiting.
I looked up those type of papers, well San Francisco specifically, to see if there were any completed layout images to share w/ you as an example, but there weren't any! I guess a lot of people have trouble w/ it.
I would suggest maybe doing a search through the superstore on other Thematic papers and see if you don't find better results than I did (like i said the San Francisco ones came up empty for me).
Also, if your creating an album... maybe use those types of papers for cover pages and or pages for just journaling. Those require less and will allow the paper image to still be on display.
Edited by Doreena on 06-27-13 09:43 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I do like Doreen suggested, usually using the themed paper for journaling, but if the journaling is fairly long, I print it onto vellum so that the paper can still be seen a bit. Or us it for the title page and place the lettering where it fits the best.
Also, if I'm doing several pages, like for a week trip to San Francisco, I might use matting and photos on a themed paper, but then use the same paper a page or two later and use the journaling or title techniques so that the background can be seen. Not sure if this makes sense, but in one place just the edges and some clear spots will be seen, but in another LO the whole thing will pretty much be visible and they all tie together.
I used a Beach paper that sounds like what you are describing as my title page for my vacation album one year. I put one large 5 x 7 that was matted and a title. The picture was of my sister and my son playing in the water from far away, so it was very similar to the paper. Then I used a contrasting matte to make sure the picture stood out. My title was fairly large and covered most of the sand in the picture. I thought it turned out nice.
I'm sure you could do something similar if you had pictures taken around San Francisco. You're right though, it seemed like it took me a while to work out the details. I just kept it simple and was very happy with the results.
I used a SugarTree paper for a title page. I didn't have photos of people from that trip, but I used heads from previous times, joined them with clipart bodies, added a few odds and ends and a title.
When I use my NYC themed-paper, I'll probably use small photos and a title, then use the photos larger on a different LO...like by the Statue of Liberty have a little pic of my gd looking up at it, or a little pic of the taxis way-down from the top of the Empire State Bldg.~Judy
I have used them for a first page in an album and I have also used them with one large picture that covers up much of the paper, but you still know what is under it. Like the velum idea. You could also cut the paper into one inch strips and make it cover a two page layout.
If you have the patience you could do some detail cutting of the bridge and cable car then use them as an border or embellishment.
The e remainder of the paper could be used as mats or journaling piece.
Edited by jaxxan on 07-04-13 07:33 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I did a beach theme layout with beach theme paper. I used a 5x7 picture of my husband on a beach with the ocean behind him. He was standing under a palm tree. It fit the themed paper perfectly. Then I placed shells and a couple other embellishments around the paper.