Hello, friends! It’s Tania, back with you today, sharing a layout with an eclectic mix and match of patterns that somehow just works. After choosing my photos, I reached for a variety of patterns that helped to compliment the tones in the photos. To accomplish that, I used a few different packs of the Dots & Stripes papers on this layout, namely the Neutrals, Spring, and Brights and mixed it with a strip or two of nearly every washi tape Echo Park Paper has made from a variety of different collections (i.e. Bundle of Joy Boy, Jack & Jill: Jill, Jack and Jill: Jack, Creative Agenda and Bundle of Joy Girl). While some of the individual washi patterns (i.e. baby boy) don’t necessarily scream ‘use me!’ for pictures of my girls, the combination of subtle patterns and colors still work together to compliment the layout as a whole. Creating a backdrop for your photos like this is a great way to use up those leftover strips of patterned paper, washi tape or sticker borders from your Element Sticker Sheets.
Clearly, I chose the stripes pattern from the Neutrals pack to build upon as the background of my layout. But then, I wanted to add in some of the Spring and Brights Dots & Stripes patterns along with it. The Brights are very bright and fun, so I wanted to use them sparingly as not to overwhelm my photos. Even when using them sparingly, I still wanted them to pack a powerful visual punch, so I paired them with my favorite flower-shaped Designer Dies to create some custom flower embellishments.
I cut flowers from the following Designer Die Sets: Flower Set 1, Flower Set 3 and the Spring Flowers Set. I made my flowers dimensional but to do so they first required a little doctoring up. You can see from this image that I chose to cut deep into the spaces between the scallops to create loose petals. When you do this it gives you way more flexibility in being able to manipulate and shape the petals for a wonderfully dimensional flower embellishment. So if you follow the guidelines I’ve drawn in black as your cut lines (flowers on the left), you’ll end up with loose petals like you see in the flowers on the right.
I pre-pierced a hole through the center of three flowers before stacking them together making it easier to insert my brad through the thicker layers. Once the brad is through, you can then shift the layers of the flowers to be off-center from one another so the petals fill out around the flower giving you a lovely dimension. Of course you can manipulate the individual petals as much or as little as you wish to get your desired dimension.
There are many different options for layering and you’ll just have to play with the color combinations and flower sizes that you prefer. I personally prefer to mix a bit of the Bright patterned with the Spring patterns to get that two-tone visual effect. It gives it much more dimension when all the petals aren’t the same color and blending together.
Placing the flower embellishments in a visual triangle and adjusting the sizing of your clusters so they aren’t all three big, bold, powerful statements will be much more visually pleasing to the eye!
Hope these simple tips help you when you sit down to play with your own Dots & Stripes papers and Designer Dies!
DS15017 Caramel Patterned Paper (Neutrals Dots & Stripes)
DS15026 Hot Pink Patterned Paper (Brights Dots & Stripes)
DS15027 Aqua Patterned Paper (Brights Dots & Stripes)
DS15029 Lime Patterned Paper (Brights Dots & Stripes)
DS15005 Bubblegum Patterned Paper (Spring Dots & Stripes)
BJGT79030 Flower Set 3 Designer Dies
EPMDIE18 Flower Set 1 Designer Dies
SDA82030 Spring Flowers Designer Dies
JJG81026 Washi Tape – Silhouettes (Jack and Jill: Jill)
JJG81027 Washi Tape – Damask (Jack and Jill: Jill)
JJB80026 Washi Tape – Ruler (Jack and Jill: Jack)
BJGT79026 Washi Tape – Plaid (Bundle of Joy: Girl)
BJBT78026 Washi Tape – Plaid (Bundle of Joy: Boy)
BJBT78027 Washi Tape – Moon & Stars (Bundle of Joy: Boy)
CA70029 Arrow Decorative Tape (Creative Agenda)
HE83014 Sticker Sheet (Happy Easter)
BJGT79020 Bundle of Joy Girl Brads (Bundle of Joy: Girl)
AG74020 Anything Goes Brad Set (Anything Goes)
JJG81028 Enamel Dots (Jack and Jill: Jill)
White Cardstock (CartaBella)
Cuttlebug Manual Die-cut Machine
Foam Dimensional Adhesive
(2) 4” x 6” horizontally-oriented photo
Silver Photo Corners