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Posted 5/3/2012 by mommamoonrn in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 5/3/2012 5:57:14 AM
You know how some paper come with a bold printed design in one corner, I can never make the page look right when I add pictures. An example would be a large glittery Christmas tree in the corner. Maybe I am being too picky, but I just do not seem to make them work.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to make this kind of paper work?


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Posted: 5/3/2012 6:17:29 AM
I am not sure if this will help but ........

I often use a craft knife to cut a slit around/near the design and slide one corner of my photo in. Ok that makes no sense so I will try to explain in a different way.

Assume your 'design' is in the lower left corner. You lay your photo down and it covers a portion of the design and you don't like that ( I don't). I cut around that part of the design and slide my photo under the cut. Of course you have to be using a picture that does not have something in that corner you need to 'see'.

I do this a lot with large floral designs, some border type patterns and those corner prints. Sometimes I cut very detailed and sometimes just a curve or even 1 inch over and 1 inch down.

You know I'm afraid the above is not a good description. Guess I better not get a job writing how-to manuels.

It is really a great way to use those pretty papers. They become their own 'embellishments' when cut that way

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Posted: 5/3/2012 6:53:18 AM
I have the same problem. But I love some of the papers and want to use them. I have just a couple that I think are examples of what you're talking about and instead of covering them up or cutting the images, I put the photos on the side.

In this example it's a spray of flowers and I'm not sure this even applies..

Oh Brother

Then in this example it's a big Christmas Tree..

Christmas Programs (of course my scanner always makes my 12x12 lo's look crooked).

Great question and I'm going to keep an eye on this thread for ideas too!



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Posted: 5/3/2012 8:29:05 AM

large glittery Christmas tree in the corner.

Don't know what size layout you are doing, or what corner the tree is in, but what about one 5x7 pic with 2 other embellishments placed to lead the eye through the page?

And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.


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Posted: 5/3/2012 10:32:19 AM
I used to feel that way but after doing some of the SG sketches I have learned that its really just a matter of thinking of it as an embellishment. SG uses this paper alot and I always love the outcome of the pages. If the bold design is in the bottom left corner have your photos up against the right edge (maybe 2 4x6 stacked).

Also you can cut out the design and then attach to another paper as an embellishement. Strange because its the same size but its easier to work with!

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Posted: 5/3/2012 11:19:53 AM
Here's a couple that I've done.




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Posted: 5/3/2012 11:43:43 AM
I always seem to end up using this type of paper for journaling...I print it directly on the page and use it as a lead in for the next pages in the album. That way, I still have the pretty paper but I don't have to deal with trying to fit my photos around it. KWIM.


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Posted: 5/3/2012 11:51:09 AM

The best use for me is to cut it into a 6x6 square and incorporate into the page design.

This is exactly what I do. I turn it into an embellishment somewhere else on the page. I just did this when I made a Mickey page. He was in the bottom right side of a paper, I cut a square around him, backed it with black and placed it like he was one of my pictures. Looks perfect.


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Posted: 5/3/2012 12:19:41 PM
I tend to shy away from those papers too, but I do have a fex examples where I've used them and was happy with the results.

On this page I cut out parts from the embellished papers and used them as embellishments on my page (behind title).
Two People Fell In Love

On these pages I designed my layouts around those embellishments already on the papers.
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Posted: 5/3/2012 2:22:18 PM
I'm loving this thread! This is one of my hurdles too, and I have a lot of this paper that I keep buying cause I knew one day I'd get it figured out!

Duchess of Stuff - I completely understood what you were saying and I love that idea I'll just have to have my DH do the cutting for me cause he has a more steady hand on detail stuff like this. And I love all the examples you other Peas posted; I even bookmarked a few

For those of you that cut the large design out and use it as an embellishment - What do you do with the rest of that sheet of paper? I'm assuming you utilize it in the layout, I'm just wondering what other creative ways you would use it?

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Posted: 5/3/2012 2:54:01 PM
I tend to cut things out of mine to use as embellies on other pages. If the B side is a good match I'll try to use that as well to use up the paper. I also use the suggestion of cutting a slit in the design so that it looks like the embellishment on the paper is more related the the photos.

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Posted: 5/3/2012 9:06:42 PM
SOunds like a good qustion for GLitter Girl!!!

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Posted: 5/3/2012 10:07:54 PM
Here's one I did last week. Not sure how great it but maybe it will giv e you some inspiration.
spring school picture

I'm so glad you posted this because I have so much trouble with those papers, too. This is actually the first paper I have used that had a design in one of the corners & it's been in my stash for at least 1 year! I just could never make it work.


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Posted: 5/4/2012 3:05:42 AM
Wow Thanks everyone! I was so struggling with the perfect paper last night, but I just couldn't make it work with the pics! I figured it out with ya'lls help! Yeah!!!

this is what I came up with.

Beauty(my daughter)

You will be able to see the big flowers on the left side. I wanted so to use this paper, but I didn't know how to incooperate in those flowers. I decided to tone them down and add the title over them. I placed the pics over woodgrain paper so that the old wood in the pics who have attention drawn to them. It ended up working out great!


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Posted: 5/4/2012 6:57:38 AM
That does look great!!

I realized that those sorts of paper just are not my thing for the most part, so I usually use other parts of the page, cut up, or else the B-side, or else I just don't buy them. Everybody else makes it look great, though!

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Posted: 5/4/2012 10:51:53 AM
Becky, your page looks great!

And I agree, the woodgrain pp looks terrific with those pics!

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Posted: 5/4/2012 10:56:11 AM

I often use a craft knife to cut a slit around/near the design and slide one corner of my photo in.

I do this too! Just thinking if you wanna tone things down, you could always slide a piece of vellum or some kind of transparent overlay just to mute the boldness a bit...


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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:09:46 AM
There was a Glitter Girl episode on this topic! It's called "Battle of A vs. B", from a few weeks ago. She gave some great tips on how to use bold patterned papers. I just love those videos!


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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:25:26 AM
I think it was a Memory Keeping Monday's video a while back that used one of these papers from MME Lost and Found. She cut what looked to be a 4" wide or so strip that included the image and used it as part of the embellishments on the page. It turned out really cute.

I agree though, these are harder to use when it is only in 1 part of the page! But like dancer4life said, I keep buying them because I'm hoping I figure it out too!!!

It was actually a From Start to Finish video. Here is the link:


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Posted: 5/4/2012 1:04:29 PM
What a great thread! TFS all the GREAT ideas!

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Posted: 5/4/2012 1:39:01 PM
I am also a little intimidated by bold, busy prints. I like to gesso a thin layer of paint over the print and use this area for my photos and embellishments. I just recently finished this layout with that technique.

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Posted: 5/4/2012 2:30:32 PM
Those are all really great examples. I have the same issue also, but I love those papers especially the beach ones. Here's examples of some that I did:


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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:47:20 PM
These are great examples! Thanks for the inspiration


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Posted: 5/5/2012 1:16:37 AM
This is also a huge hangup of mine. Thanks for the links to these layouts. I will go check them out.

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