Tuesday, January 22, 2013

10 Things You Can Do With... Pattern Paper!

We all have it-- probably even tons of it! Actually, I measured mine- all 6 feet 11.25 inches of it! Have you guessed what I am talking about? That's right- pattern paper. We buy it because it's pretty, has the perfect colors, would match those pictures from your last family vacation, seem to be running low on this holiday/theme, or you just can't say no when you see something new from your favorite manufacturer. Those are just half of the reasons I buy it and have so much of lying around. The problem is how do you use it all up? I don't have all the answers, but I do have 10 fabulous ideas from our designers to get you moving through all that pattern paper.

1.) Create Layered Embellishments
Practical Scrapper Charissa used Authentique patterned paper and Kiwi Lane Designer Templates to create her layered flower embellishments.

2.) Create a 3-Dimensional Effect
Practical Scrapper Karen used double sided patterned paper and created the folded circles which is a great way to enjoy both sides of the paper. 

3.)Save Up Those Scraps
Practical Scrapper Linda loves patterned paper and wanted to show you one way to use up even the smallest leftover scraps of your favorite papers. She used Stampin' Up!'s pennant punch to cut the little triangles and created the background using them. The triangle theme continues on the background paper from Color Conspiracy.

4.) Pop Out Those Patterns
Practical Scrapper Leslii used several different patterned papers from The Paper Studio's Poteeka Souffle` paper line to make this colorful layout.  The background paper did not have any glitter on it so she fussycut from another paper and popped out the glittered birds with PopDots to add some dimension.

5.) "Scrap" Them As Is
Another way to use your scraps is to use them as-is, with not cutting whatsoever.  Practical Scrapper Claude only used her trimmer to cut down the background paper from 12x12 to 8.5x11. All other papers were left untouched. She simply moved them around on her layout until she found a design she liked. Add a few embellishments and you are done. This layout took a total of 20 minutes, how awesome is that?!

6.) Get Wordy With It
Practical Scrapper Kelly Jean wanted to show you a great way to patterned paper with words on it.  She altered this frame from Goodwill by adding American Crafts paper to the outside frame, removed the glass, adhered American Crafts paper to the inside background and added Thickers and Jillibean Soup Alphabeans Stickers to the background.

7.) Create An Eye-Catching Background
Practical Scrapper Sarah used repeated patterns with varying colors and sizes to create a unique background design and focal point for this clean and simple card. 

8.) Create a Mosaic Masterpiece
Patterned paper takes center stage on Practical Scrapper Lisa's 2 page non-photo layout.  She uses leftover scraps to cut and fit pieces together to create her mosaic heart. She also wanted to use patterned paper for her title words but wanted them to stand out from the background rather than lay flat.  She creates this dimension by cutting her title 4 different times with her Cricut and layering them on top of each other. Finally she also uses patterned paper to cover Maya Road chipboard pieces to create the  house embellishments for her title. 

 9.)Alter Some Art
Practical Scrapper Lanette used pattern paper from Echo Park’s Family Man Collection to alter a wooden picture frame.

10.) Embellish An Embellishment
Practical Scrapper Kerri took this old clothing tag and altered it to create am embellishment for her card.

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Jean said...

Very cool ideas!

Dawn Carlyle said...

Love the great ideas! What a wonderful variety....

KrissyClarkMcKee said...

Great examples and wonderful work!

Kelly Jean said...

I love all these ideas! I'm going to use these to get through my pp!