How to pick paper from different companies

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Posted 8/13/2012 by HoneyBee13 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 8/13/2012 12:15:36 PM
I have been a scrapper for many years, however, its only because I did not try really hard.
I have found myself watching Glitter Girl on youtube, and I have found new enthusiasm for balance.
My problem is that I would usually use bits and pieces from one collection, and Glitter Girl would use bits and pieces from a variety of companies. I would love to know how to pick bits and pieces from a varity of company and know that it will work together.
Any suggestions

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Posted: 8/13/2012 12:36:31 PM
I think the key is mixing size and scale and type of pattern. You need to balance different types of patterns. Unless you are really good at mixing patterns, all multicoloured florals together is going to look too busy, or all stripes in the same colours is going to look blah and blend together.

Mix patterns:
large scale and small scale
pick two florals/swirly/damask and one geometric (check, stripes, dots)
or two geometrics and one floral/swirly/damask

Then for colours:
pick one multicoloured pattern and solid colours in the other patterns to match
pick all one solid colour/monochrome for each pattern
pick one colour for two patterns and a complimentary colour for the other pattern.

Or, you can go with a less stuctured method.... grab a whole bunch of paper and spread them out and grab combos that catch your eye. This is my favourite way to mix patterns of random sheets of paper that have gathered in a scrap bin or in a folder of paper sheets that I don't know where to organize anywhere else.







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Posted: 8/13/2012 12:41:33 PM
I usually go for the "less" structured approach described above. I start one of two ways: think of a color scheme I want to use, or find a busier, colorful pattern I want to use and draw from that. Then I usually choose a solid piece, a background color (almost exclusively white, black, or craft), and then some tighter patterns - polka dots are a current favorite, as well as map prints and chevrons.

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Posted: 8/13/2012 12:48:56 PM
One thing that has helped me in doing this is using Alison Davis's Sketch books. I find her instructions so helpful in getting the right amounts of different patterns, then I feel more freedom in mixing lines.


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Posted: 8/13/2012 1:52:30 PM
Try doing Shimelle's Hitchhiker's Guide class and/or the Pretty Paper Party class on her blog. PPP really helped me get the courage to start pulling papers from lots of different manufacturers.


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Posted: 8/13/2012 2:31:19 PM
I start out with colors then I go for scale and pattern and if I like the way they look together, then I use them. I love mixing and matching patterned papers.


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Posted: 8/13/2012 5:00:44 PM
One of Shimelle's other tips is to try not to mix prints that have a pure white with a creamy off white color. Stick to all whites or all creams when mixing prints, and you will end up with a more cohesive look. That tip helped me alot when mixing papers from different manufacturers.

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Posted: 8/14/2012 11:58:46 AM
I tend to use a less structured version of what BiochemPea does.

My #1 rule would be to match by colors or tones. So do I have two that both use similar shades of blue, and they are all on the same color background? That works. I've also picked the colors according to various websites that have color schemes, ie csicolorstories.ning.com
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My #2 rule is to have different scales, style or intensity in the pattern, i.e. on intense floral, one subtle - which I've done numerous times. One floral, one stripe, one geometric.
Two stripes, different widths, one floral. 3 geometrics, one of which has a much more intense pattern. One other of which is the basis for the entire color scheme. Etc.



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Posted: 8/14/2012 12:49:22 PM
What great tips everyone!


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Posted: 8/14/2012 1:36:24 PM
Thank you everyone for your help! I really appreciate it!

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Posted: 8/15/2012 12:31:21 PM

I tend to use a less structured version of what BiochemPea does.

My #1 rule would be to match by colors or tones. So do I have two that both use similar shades of blue, and they are all on the same color background? That works. I've also picked the colors according to various websites that have color schemes, ie csicolorstories.ning.com
m
My #2 rule is to have different scales, style or intensity in the pattern, i.e. on intense floral, one subtle - which I've done numerous times. One floral, one stripe, one geometric.
Two stripes, different widths, one floral. 3 geometrics, one of which has a much more intense pattern. One other of which is the basis for the entire color scheme. Etc.



What Ellenpea said. I tend to be less structured too. Sometimes, I like to grab one piece of patterned paper and then find others that coordinate based on what other colors are on the the patterned paper or photo(s) I want to use. Other times, it's a more thoughtful process. I like to take color inspiration (from a challenge or Pinterest) and pull papers based on that specific color scheme. Part of the fun is to just grab and play. Honestly, I don't put that much thought behind it. If I'm lucky, it kind of just happens naturally. It helps to spread all your goodies out, take a step back and see if it all coordinates and makes you happy.

Hope that helps!

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Posted: 8/15/2012 1:45:31 PM
I start very much along the same lines as Cherrypicker. I start with one paper I love... and find those colors in other papers. In my pile I make sure to have some large and some small scale patterns. That's about it.


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Posted: 8/15/2012 3:54:31 PM
Did you see that Glitter Girl selected your post for this week's video? If not, go check it out! It has great advice!


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Posted: 8/15/2012 5:38:44 PM
for me, the colors and design help mix and match papers from companies. sometimes i make albums with a color theme so i look for papers with those colors. other times, it's a design theme like vintage, school, vacation etc. so i look for papers which look like they have common elements.

i always mix and match different lines of paper. i'm not a big fan of that super coordinated look of using all the papers and embellishments from one collection.



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Posted: 3/24/2013 4:39:54 PM
Thanks for all the great tips everyone!


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Posted: 3/24/2013 7:58:43 PM
I think of scrapping like quilting
I choose my paper as I would quilt fabric

I choose my inspiration piece. This is usually a photo
Then pull colors from that

I also go with the gallon, quart, pint theory when choosing colors

So if I have a piece of paper with several colors, I choose one to use as my gallon.
That will be the predominant color
Then I choose my quart color. That will be about 1/4 of the amount of the main 'gallon' piece
Then I choose my accent or 'pint' color

The papers don't have to be from the sane company. In fact I like it when they aren't

I hope this makes sense. Everyone understands when I teach but I can use examples




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