Hour Seven: Happy National Scrapbook Day! Today we are celebrating all things Scrapbooking related! Each hour we will be sharing a new post with some inspiration combining Paper House products and our designer’s favorite techniques!
Of course we can’t have a celebration without a giveaway or two! Stay tuned at the end of the post to find out what we’re giving away! Now let’s hear from Samantha!
Happy NSD! Samantha with you to share some tips for a technique I use on almost every layout; mixing and matching patterned papers. But before we dive into that, I get to share a little about myself and my crafty habits!
What’s your favorite type of paper crafting? I really love creating mini albums! I make them in any size out of just about anything.
Where do you go for inspiration? I like to look at home decor and interior decorator sites (especially on Pinterest) for color combo inspiration. I’ve found the fashion industry is also a great place to find current trends in colors and textures.
Where do you do your crafting? I am truly thankful to have a room dedicated to my crafting. It’s stuffed full of lots of re-purposed and second hand storage options.
What are your favorite crafting tools? All of them! I am a tool junkie. I love trying out new tools as well as using lots of old tried and true ones.
What are your favorite Paper House products? The Puffy Stickers. These are not the puffy stickers of your childhood! They are whimsical and rich looking, and just so fun!
What are your favorite colors to work with? I tend to gravitate towards blues and greens.
How would you describe your crafting style? My style tends to be clean and simple. I also like to watch current trends and blend them into my style.
Do you like it quiet while you work or do you have music or tv on? I love to have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon on in the background. Have any good series suggestions for me?
What’s your go to snack/drink while you craft? I tend not to snack when I craft, but I do love coffee anytime.
Just like any technique, some people are pros at it without ever thinking about how they do it, some people love it after some practice, and some people will decide it’s just not for them. No matter what your experience level is with mixing and matching patterned papers, I’d love to hear about (and see!) your experiences with this technique.
If you’re new to mixing and matching patterned papers, the best thing to do is stick to one paper collection (like I did here by using One Big Happy Family). As you get more comfortable working with lots of patterned papers at once, you can pull papers from multiple collections.
The second thing to look for is a patterned “neutral”. Here my patterned neutral is the woodgrain paper. It’s manly one color, with no big bold patterns on it. A patterned neutral will help ground your layout and keep things from looking too busy.
The third thing I always try to find is a patterned paper that has all of the colors of the other papers and embellishments you plan to use in it. It will help tie everything together and will make your layout look cohesive instead of disjointed. On this layout, the blue patterned paper is the paper that serves in that capacity.
Play around with the order of your layers. I pull out all the papers I’m thinking about using and I start to layer them up in different piles. I pull out or add papers based on how I think they look together. For example, on this layout I tried the blue patterned paper on top, and I tried the red patterned paper on top. For whatever reason, the red paper looked wrong on top, but fantastic underneath the blue paper.
Finally, don’t be afraid to use your embellishments to tie all your patterns together even more. I used label stickers from Everyday Moments Labels to pull more pinks and reds into the layout, which in turn helped the red patterned paper layer pop a bit more.
Our First Giveaway today involves our very first ever YouTube Hop! Several of our design team members and Brand Ambassadors are hosting one!
Here’s how to enter:
All you have to do is subscribe to her channel and ours. Then leave a comment on hers. You will be eligible to win a $25 gift card to our online store! AND you can get multiple entries for subscribing to all the designer’s channels, so be sure to check them all out! The YouTube giveaway is open thru Tuesday, May 9th! Head over to Katty’s video to get started.
Our Second Giveaway is happening right here! It’s also for a $25 Gift Card to our online store. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post to be entered. And with 9 new posts today you can enter each hour – so comment often and get all those entries! This giveaway closes at the end of the day on Sunday, the 7th. We will announce a winner on Monday.
Thanks for joining me for mixing and matching patterned papers for NSD!