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Posted 1/24/2013 by madebykarla in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 482,521
September 2010
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Posted: 1/24/2013 6:50:21 PM
I have a piece of patterned paper with big bold, beautiful watercolor flowers. I would LOVE to use it on a LO but I'm not sure how to really showcase it in a LO. I almost want to put it in a frame it's so pretty. Is anyone comfortable scrapbooking these kinds of big bold patterns? Anyone really into florals? Anyone?
Thanks for the help peas


PeaNut 227,373
October 2005
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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:31:37 PM
I know what you mean, I have a tough time with those, too.

I haven't figured out how to use it in a lo, but I have used them for cards because then I didn't have to put photos on.

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PeaNut 553,867
May 2012
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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:47:34 PM
I usually cut a price of kraft, creme, or white card stock to put my photo + title and journaling on (usually about 7x7 or 8x8) and use the big floral as a background. I find those pages work best with fewer embellishments.

This is one of those times you really have to trust the process. It will look not quite right for a while until it suddenly clicks.

Go for it - I bet you will love the page!


PeaNut 193,131
February 2005
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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:56:02 AM
What about as a title page for an album? Or for a page about a story that you don't have any photos? Or if it matches your home decor and you really love it, then why not frame it?

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PeaNut 416,788
March 2009
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Posted: 1/25/2013 1:17:26 AM
I'm listening for the patter of little Glitter Girl feet......

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PeaNut 2,356
January 2000
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Posted: 1/25/2013 3:32:51 AM

I'm listening for the patter of little Glitter Girl feet......

Indeed Glitter Girl has already been on this adventure! The Battle of A vs B also includes a pdf of page sketches (including some singles and some doubles) that are useful for showcasing a bold pattern you love without it overwhelming your photos.

I hope that's a little bit of help!

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PeaNut 413,587
February 2009
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Loc: Western NY

Posted: 1/25/2013 4:45:55 AM
Sometimes I fussy cut the designs out and put them on the page. It looks really nice. The other suggestions here are great too.


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:30:20 AM
I had a piece that I was intimidated by a while back. I loved the paper though so I cut it down to 9x9 and placed it on a kraft 12x12 . Then I layered my photo mats and embellishments with the two main colors from the paper with more subtle patterns and splashed some i.k on.

There is a LO that I love from Crate Paper that using a bold pattern in a great way, I love it and it gave me inspiration for my page


PeaNut 482,521
September 2010
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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:36:41 PM
Thank you for all the help. You girls are amazing. I will watch that GG episode again maybe with new perspective.


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:51:14 PM
I was going to suggest fussy cutting for embellishments. I have used these papers for cards that way a lot.
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PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:19:21 PM
I've been reading through the older posts on Shimelle's blog (I'm a relatively new follower there, and I didn't want to miss any inspiration!) I found this post and thought of your question. It's a sketch meant to showcase a special paper, so you don't have to cover much up!


PeaNut 482,521
September 2010
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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:47:36 PM
Thanks for the link


PeaNut 414,014
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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:56:47 PM
This is a great question. I need to watch GG's video again.
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