Inspiration needed for using colorful pp

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Posted 4/26/2013 by iritellen in General Scrappin'
 

iritellen
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Posted: 4/26/2013 7:12:59 AM
I really love vibrant colorful pp(like the new BG pp from Knee highs or some of the Kesi Art papers, for example),but I find it hard to use. I can't seem to have pics (that aren't black and white) that go well with such papers. I really want to incorporate such bold pretty patterns into my scrapbooking, without letting them take over my entire LO (and be able to use more than a tiny strip) or my photos. Any ideas? Examples?
thanks

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Posted: 4/26/2013 10:56:37 AM
I'm challenged at this as well.

In Glitter Girl's lastest video she discusses tertiary colors (specifically the pink aqua combo). I thought I'd like to know how GG uses bold colors, especially the primary colors.

ETA: In another video, GG does say to try to get over the idea that the paper color must match (or be taken from) the pictures. Can you tell I'm a fan?


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Posted: 4/26/2013 11:27:00 AM
Inspired by Shimelle's take on Glitter Girl's challenge http://www.shimelle.com/paper/1746/batch-scrapbooking-and-following-glitter-girl-s-advice-to-use-my-kit/ I am learning to embrace bold! I found, while scraplifting the map pattern (horse) layout, that bold isn't overpowering when coupled with more subtle patterns. I used a multi-colored bird print for my center block with subtle colors and patterns for the background and bottom strip. Then I matted my photo with a hot pink paper (went with the photos) but since there wasn't a lot of it showing it wasn't overwhelming.

Try getting out a bold pattern that you like but haven't used and try to find complimentary papers that are more subtle. As a previous pea said, you don't have to match your pictures with your paper as long as the colors are complimentary.

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Posted: 4/27/2013 12:09:59 AM
IMO, bold patterns work best when paired with photos that are more simple. So if your photos are very busy, have a lot of colors or a lot going on in the background, then the paper will compete with that. But I think that when paired with a simpler photo - such as a closeup of someone or something, or a photo with a lot of white space in it - that bolder patterns can really shine.

I also like to matte my photos or have them printed with a white border if I know I am going to put them against a very bold pattern. It gives some separation.

Also, many bold patterns make great embellishments when you cut apart the designs, and I love doing that.

And as you already said, you can always use smaller pieces.



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Posted: 4/27/2013 12:38:25 AM
I haven't read the other replies but here's what I used to teach in my classes on how to use patterned paper. The stronger your photo is - the busier your paper can be. Photos that are of a single person, with solid colors on, very in focus, crisp, just simple but stunning photos - not with a busy background, very simple are good candidates to use with busy patterned paper. But even still, I like to use a small dose of the pattern. Like 1/3 of the page. The rest could be a less busy pattern.

On the other hand, the busier the photos are, the more in them, the more people, the more stuff, the more colors - you need more muted papers unless you're using just a tiny portion.

That's been my advice for 10 years.

ETA: I read the replies after I typed that and scrappyhare (above me) and I must think alike!!

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Posted: 4/27/2013 12:48:59 AM
I seem to have the opposite problem, I only use bright and vibrant pp. I have tried on several occasions to use more muted pages but that really doesn't work for me. As for not using but a strip of pp, I also do that all the time.


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Posted: 4/27/2013 2:00:21 AM
Honestly Glitter Girl helped me with that. She uses it a lot in her lO's


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Posted: 4/27/2013 5:44:16 AM
I am concerned about that, too. I do not like my pics to be overwhelmed by bold, strong colors.
I also use a lot of mats, large pics and sometimes use a piece of vellum to cover most of the strong paper like this:
vellum


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Posted: 4/28/2013 4:20:29 AM
thanks everyone for some great ideas!
using strong photos is a great tip.
I also use more pp thx to Glitter Girl
thx again!

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Posted: 4/28/2013 8:53:57 AM
If you're having trouble using those types of papers try using smaller pieces first. They can be used as punched borders fairly easily to get the flavor of the paper without all the busyness. You could also punch shapes like scallops and circles to use as embellishments.


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Posted: 4/28/2013 11:07:14 AM
I like to use vellum under my photos to kind of separate the photo from the busy paper.

This background pp isn't terribly busy - because of the color - but just to give you an idea.

Spring Beach Day



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Posted: 4/28/2013 11:08:02 AM
I like to use vellum under my photos to kind of separate the photo from the busy paper.

This background pp isn't terribly busy - because of the color - but just to give you an idea.

Spring Beach Day

I did it here too
Good Morning NYC



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Posted: 4/28/2013 6:35:01 PM
I have the opposite problem... I tend to only use bright, busy patterns! I just love them!

If you look through my gallery, you will see lots of busy, colorful patterns that may help you get an idea.


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