Welcome to the November Edition of....
Patterned Paper Every Which Way Class!
For past lessons visit the class page, here. This month is all about...
Using 'Scene' Patterned Paper
(Scene Patterned Paper=Patterned Paper printed with a picture that is not a repeated pattern)
Do you ever purchase a piece of patterned paper with a printed ‘scene’ on it because it’s too cute to resist…..and then get it in the mail and wonder what the heck you were thinking? I do. While these papers are some of my favorites to look at, they can be a bit harder to actually use. But the results are worth it! I’ve got a few ideas to inspire you!
My biggest tip for making ‘scene’ patterned paper work is to interact with it. Instead of just putting your pictures, title, embellishments on top of the scene blend them with the scene. There are several ways to do this….
One tool I noticed I turn to a lot is a craft knife. Whether it’s cutting a little slit so that the picture slides behind a portion of the scene or actually removing part of the scene. On the sample layout you can see that I cut several of the surf boards out of the scene with a craft knife. I then pop dotted another patterned paper behind the hole to create more dimension. Dimension helps the scene come to life. I also cut around two of the surf boards to slide my photo behind. This helps blend my photo with the scene.
Next I added some texture to the scene. On two of the surf boards I used a Versamark pen to color them in and then added red embossing powder, heated it, and got a nice shiny effect.
Embellishments can also add dimension and texture to your scene. I personalized one of the surfboards with the letter ‘m’. I also added decorative brads to a couple boards.
Adding on to the scene is a great way to make it yours. I took the surf boards I cut out and used them as a template to cut a couple more (the blue wave boards). I adhered those as well as the boards I previously cut out of the scene (red flower boards) with pop dots. I overlapped them onto my photo to again help merge the two. I also added a chipboard sunshine to add to the scene.
Titles can be the trickiest part about using scene patterned paper. As a general rule with any page, you don’t want your title floating out by itself. It’s usually best to have it grounded and integrated with the layout. On my layout that happened by accident. I used my Silhouette to cut a title. The ‘i’ wasn’t welded with the rest of it because there were too many straight lines in that word. I was going to adhere it in place though. But, as I was positioning the title I noticed that the surfboard hole was in the perfect spot to act as my ‘i’. I grounded the title on the photo so they merged instead of being two separate items. The black polka dot circles help tie the black title to the rest of the scene.
Lastly, the journaling….in another attempt to merge the page elements I overlapped the journaling strips with the photo and a black polka dot circle.
The key is to get all the elements on your page to work together.
Be sure to download the PDF, here, for more photos, description, links to examples and directions for this layout.
Each month we will have a challenge associated with the class. This month your challenge is to create a layout/card/project on which you've used 'scene' patterned paper.
To participate in the Challenge:
-Create a project on which you've used 'scene' patterned paper.
-Layout can Digital, Traditional or a Hybrid.
-Submit your layout by uploading to the gallery by December 9, 2010 11:59 CST. Don't forget to click the box next to this class (Patterned Paper Every Which Way: November 2010).
I will pick a winner randomly from all the submissions to win a Gift Certificate to Two Peas and post the winner on the Education Board on December 10th. For every submission to this class you will earn a badge!
Don't forget to stop by the Education Board
to chat and share links to your layouts.
I've added several scene patterned papers to my product list below.....