Hey everyone! Erica here with you today to talk about using busy, bold and fun papers on your layouts! I tend to use white cardstock as my base for layouts or a very subtle paper as my layout base but I always admire when other scrabookers use the busy patterns in their layouts! So today I am sharing a layout I created using a beautiful polka dot paper from My Minds Eye that is included in the August 2014 kit.
Now this may not be busy for some scrapbookers but for me this would normally be cut up and used as a layer piece in my layouts but today I went for it and used it as my base! Once my layout was complete and I stuck everything down and committed to using it I really did love how it looked!
To keep my main focal point from looking like it was just floating on the page I adhered two strips of solid paper along the top and the bottom of my page. This helps to ground your layout and give it more of a complete look. I also used some cork embellishment from my stash to try and create a visual triangle to help your eye move around the page.
You can see I also stamped out some tiny hearts from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Wish You Were Here pretty close to the cork embellishments. The Fancy Pants corrugated paper adds some texture to my layout along with the May Arts string that was also included in this months kit! Using busier backgrounds as a base for me will take some getting use to but I am up for the challenge! How about you? Do you love using a busy pattern paper as your base? Feel free to leave your tips and tricks in the comments section below if you would like share! I challenge you to pull out your busiest pattern paper and have some fun! Share with us on Facebook or upload to our Flickr gallery! If you are a subscriber and using one of your kits please upload to our Pinterest group board! I am looking forward to seeing what you all share with us! Thanks so much for stopping today! I really hope you enjoyed my layout today as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Our 25% off sale is still going on and some products in our store are already marked down so this is the perfect time to get some great deals on some fabulous products! Enjoy your day!
Products used today
August 2014 Glam Camp Kit
My Minds Eye Enamel Dots
Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here Stamp Set
July 2014 Kit
Aloha, it's Gia! I don't know if you heard this, but watercolors are a hot trend in paper crafting right now! I love to paint my own scrapbooking layout backgrounds with watercolors and today I am going to show you a resist technique using stamps and embossing powder.
First I stamped a feather pattern with a clear embossing ink pad. Then I sprinkled white embossing powder over the page and tapped the excess off. I used a heat tool to set the embossed feathers. Finally, I painted with my watercolors over the whole page in an ombre pattern with darker pink at the bottom.
Some of the My Mind's Eye Market Street journaling cards in the Glam Camp kit were the perfect complement to my watercolor background with a similar soft watercolor look.
I love the exclusive flair in this kit, and also used one of the extras in the School Store- the My Mind's Eye enamel dots. The arrow die cut was one of the cut files in this kit, and the transparency is from the Studio Calico Wanderlust acetate card set.
I love how painting a background really stretches your supplies and achieves a totally different look. I hope you will give watercolors a try if you haven't already. The Clique Kits watercolor art set is a great way to get started right now, and is on sale for an additional 25% off by using the coupon code AUGUST25 at checkout. Thanks for joining me in the Art Studio today!