Today we have Tina Walker as Making Memories' guest designer.
Agreat way to use up all the scraps of your patterned paper is to layer thin strips of several coordinating papers under your photo and on the edges of your background paper. This technique works well when your background paper is a solid, coordinating color. It is a fun way to add a little color without overwhelming the page. I used several papers from the Noel collection (both patterned paper and background paper) to make this layout.
To add more subtle texture to your background, you can make your own paint mist by mixing acrylic paint and water in a spray bottle and spraying it over a stencil. To add more dimension to the background, I took the cap of a bottle (that just happened to be the same size as my stencil circles) and added random areas of paint to the sprayed circles.
To add an old, vintage feel to your layout, layering random pieces of fabric and stitching them in place adds texture. I also like to leave the ends of the sewing thread on my page (instead of trimming close to the sewing) for added texture dimension.
Another easy way to use up your patterned paper scraps is to use both the positive and negative of your favorite punch. To create a simple, fast layout, follow these quick steps:
- Add random paint splatters to background paper.
- Punch out several shapes, line them up in a row next to your photo and stitch them down.
- Add several pieces of paper behind photo and adhere to page.
- Add a couple of the negatives from the punched shapes and ‘hide’ them behind a scrap piece of patterned paper at the bottom of the page. Stitch them in place.
- Staple several strands of bakers twine across page.
- Add title and you are done.