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Posted 2/18/2013 by mommyof_3 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 525,412
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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:31:39 PM
I have a question, I dont buy just one line, type or manufacturer of paper, I get whatever I see and like in Michaels, AC Moore, Joann's Etc... So, How does everyone know how to mix and match there papers to look so good together? How do you decide what goes with each other? I'll usually just take a solid cardstock and a matching pattern paper, I dont know how to combine patterns!!! How do I go outside my comfort zone and know what looks good? Any tips on what pattern combo's work? What does not work? Thanks so Much!!!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:38:05 PM
I think this would be a great topic for Glitter Girl (if she hasn't already covered it)! I struggle with this one too. I'll typically reach for solid colored cardstock that matches the colors of the line, otherwise I tend to keep manufacturers/collections together.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:38:19 PM
watch glitter girl videos she's good a using different manufacturers and make it work ... thanks to her i have been able to mix and match all my papers

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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:56:10 PM
one of the ways I sort my PP is by the 'feel' of it, which to me means: is it vintage-y feeling, or is it bright and vibrant? If I'm looking to mix patterned papers, I probably wouldn't try to mix papers of one type with the other type, unless they had a major color in common, or I was looking to purposefully make something very 'random' feeling.

One of the other things I look for is whether the colors are predominantly white-based or cream-based... like Amy Tangerine vs. October Afternoon Farmgirl. In one case, the colors are very 'clear' and vibrant, and in the other, they're much more muted and softened, with a bit of a yellowish cast, meaning I probably wouldn't try to mix them together.

It is something that takes a lot of practice, for me, and sometimes I still don't like the combinations I come up with.

ETA: I don't watch a lot of videos here besides Glitter Girl's, but I know she (and Shimelle, too- lol!) sometimes give an explanation about WHY she chose the papers that she did, and what about them makes her think they work together. If the other Garden Girls do that in their videos, though, I don't know.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:56:53 PM
I think the trick is picking colors that co-ordinate really well together. Shimelle's favorite color is Turquoise and she loves it with red. She usually knows what colors she wants to work with before she looks for paper. Lets say she wants to work with turqoise red and gray. She will look for papers that have those colors and work from there.
She usually weeds it down from lets say 15 sheets down to 3-5 sheets of paper. She is now left with (usually) a cut apart sheet, a sheet where you can cut a shape from (flowers, camera) and 2-3 sheets of pattern paper.
Those 2-3 sheets one will be BOLD and the others she might have a chevron, graph or lined (for journaling)

She uses these examples in a lot of her videos.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 3:17:11 PM
Are you familiar with color wheels? Here is a link to an intro to color theory. It might help you to have some idea of what colors go well together.

I believe there is a workshop here about color theory too. Something like kaleidoscope? I need to go check that out myself!

I agree with all then other posters too though. GG talks about why she chooses her papers pretty often in her videos.
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Posted: 2/18/2013 3:20:11 PM
Shimelle's Remix and Pretty Paper Party classes are a good resource on this topic.

The Hitchhiker and Kaleidoscope workshops here at 2peas are also worth taking for tips on choosing colours and papers.
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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:00:40 PM
I love mixing patterned papers and just go with it. If they look good together, I use them! I do make sure they are compatible colour wise and that usually works well.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:04:19 PM
Yes, I just got back into the SB world after a 5 year+ break. Start by watching GG videos from past to current. In several she talks about how she makes her own kits for her lo's using different brands. I am not in close to being could but I have taken notes and started practicing
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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:11:04 PM
I also find color mixing to be a bit easier if I don't go 'too' crazy with the patterns... I use maybe one multi-colored paper, then find other tone-on-tone papers that match some of the colors in the multi-color one, like in these layouts:

Playing Barbies layout
The black background paper is multi-colored, and the other patterned papers have some of the same colors in

cozy kittys layout
The polka-dotted background paper is the most 'crazy' multi-colored paper on the layout, and the other papers all contain one of those colors. (I also added in the striped tag, too, but that has pretty much all the same colors in, so I felt it was enough to match.

or, I use a bunch of tone-on-tone papers in colors that complement each other.

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January 2011
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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:23:30 PM
For me, they have to have the same colors in them. I find I need to have one patterned piece that ties all the colors together. I like mixing a floral with a dot and maybe a stripe or plaid, also varying the size of pattern to give some interest too. I love tone on tone papers as well to add some interest. It also has to be the feel of the paper. I can't mix a contemporary/modern with a vintagey paper.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 7:57:05 PM
The best and fastest way for me to combine PP is to use ones that are from the same collection. It makes it so much easier. I know not everyone does this ,but it works for me!!

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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:56:33 PM
I choose paper the way I choose quilt fabric

Use one paper or photo as your 'inspiration piece.'

Pull colors and patterns to go with it

Large, medium and small prints/patterns

More of one color, a little less of another, and even less of the next. (Think gallon, quart, pint)

If you have a hard to matching or choosing colors, a color wheel can be your best friend.

Remember that hues and shades are different and you want to choose colors that compliment each other.
So choosing three colors next to each other on the color wheel works, or you can choose colors across from each other. Or even every third color

If you don't have a color wheel and gave a hard time with colors, you really should invest in one

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June 2006
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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:22:32 PM
There are basically two things to look at:

1. Is the color family in each paper the same?

Sometimes you can mix two color families but that's more complicated and if you're just beginning, you should stick with one. Another poster gave some ideas about this above.

2. Is there good contrast of some kind between the papers?

For example, if you have two florals you like, and their colors work together, you'll want contrast between them. If one is a small right floral and the other is larger and not dense, then you have good contrast. If not, they might still work together if you spread them out across the page. The space between them will give you the contrast you need.

Different types of patterns have contrast. Different scales of the same kind of pattern have contrast. Different colors of a similar or same pattern have contrast.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:23:22 PM
I meant to say, "tight floral," not "right floral."


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:36:54 PM
I was going to suggest Paperclipping for great suggestions. Shimelle has already done some lessons on picking paper frequently in her Glitter Girl videos.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:45:10 AM
I took Shimelle's Remix class last fall and LOVED it! It was all about mixing papers. Lots of suggestions and great video lesson. I highly recommend it - it's available through her personal blog.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:23:57 AM
Thanks, KatyLouWho!

I love mixing patterns so I've always shared lots and lots on the subject.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:17:46 AM
If you ever get caught up .. You can always use a color wheel! As daunting as that sounds, it might work for you! Whatever is opposite on the color wheel would be complementing colors.. Ex: say you have a patteren paper with the primary color being blue opposite on the wheel is yellow, yellow orange, red ! So find a paper that has those colors in them.. Mix and match different tones of that color! I really think it just all boils down to eyeing the papers together to see if they match well! I sometimes will take the most crazy patterns and use them together on a LO and they look great! Practice and soon enough you will get the hang of it!

Some of my favorite color combos are.. Pastels.. Mint green/teal & bubble gum pink! LOVE those colors yellow & navy! Grey & pink, bright colors together look nice... HTH


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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:38:58 AM
I wish you luck with this! I tried for years and years and finally gave up. I buy collection packs now or several papers from a collection so I don't have to think about it. This art of scrapping stressed me out so bad!!

Some Peas have the magic touch, I would say most actually! They can just grab 5 random pieces of paper and make it look awesome! I also recommend watching the Glitter Girl videos, I know they have helped a bunch of Peas.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 1:09:56 PM
Thanks for all the reply's! I'm going to go throught each one and check out all the great ideas and videos!! There is one lady, who makes banners, who I think is FANTASTIC at it, and I have NO CLUE how she decides what goes together!! Here's one of her banners, it's Beckys Paper creations on Facebook...


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Posted: 2/19/2013 2:51:55 PM
Another vote for Shimelle's videos and glitter girl too!
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Posted: 2/19/2013 3:01:51 PM
I usually find it easiest to mix patterns from the same line, but another three rules you can follow are:

1. Pick one multi-color pattern and then other patterns with only those colors, not others

2. Make sure all your papers have a white base, or all have a cream base

3. Mix scales. For instance, although my last time doing this involved three papers from the same line, they have increasingly larger circle patterns, ranging from polka dots to circles about 2" wide.

I think Glitter Girl did have an episode covering this in 2012.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 4:52:40 PM
Debbie Hodge's site Get It Scrapped has some great free blog posts on this - especially mixing florals & stripes.

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Posted: 3/17/2013 4:13:36 PM
I think that sometimes we make it too hard on ourselves. The collections lately are so varied within the collection itself - both patterns and colors - that the possibilities are wide open for us to produce many different looks within a collection. I am one to want to combine collections but often have to ask why not just take the easy road every now and then? We're really busy, for the most part, these pages are for ourselves and the process is supposed to be pleasurable, remember?

That being said, I am always impressed by the combinations of products that the original Garden Girl Kistina Nicolai-White (Pea1) uses. She often prefers mini books or albums. She will use grey or khaki or black within beautiful lush pallettes. She goes the extras embellishment mile.


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Posted: 3/17/2013 4:42:09 PM
I love to have fun by mixing & matching, but totally get that it doesn't always work. i find it easier to start by choosing the one sheet of PP that i really want to focus on (it's usually a bolder print) then take my solid/s and choose 2 or 3 coordinating PP that have a smaller patter - maybe polka dots or stripes, even tone on tone prints.

If you're really struggling maybe you could take small strips from your scraps and use them as a collage under a photo mat, placed on a solid, for a small accent and then work your way up to larger pieces?

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Posted: 3/17/2013 5:21:43 PM
Well most importantly, let go and if you like it, do it. I don't care if papers are from the same line and I mix patterns. I just do what I like. And you do not have to love every page, but experiment anyway.


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Posted: 3/17/2013 5:46:43 PM
I tend to choose papers by their predominant colors but sometimes find unusual combinations by just laying different papers out together. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules to this.
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