Designing with Pattern | Nancy DamianoJul 06, 2017
Hello pretty Summer Kit! My favorite part about this kit is the patterned paper. The idea for this layout came from that mad love. I decided to try my hand at a very layered, colorful look. Let's take a look at the how's and why's to choose the very best patterns.
Start by choosing your favorite pattern in the kit and cut a large square. We want to make this one really stand out! For me, it was the floral pattern. So I cut it large and put it front and center. Next, I placed my two photos on opposite ends of the layout. These three points serve as my design "anchor". Everything on the page was built around them.
Pattern layering needs to be balanced. I chose three larger scaled, bolder patterns (floral, yellow wave and black hexagons) and three smaller patterns (tiny aqua wave, blue flowers and gray stripe).
Vary the sizes of the squares and rectangles. The two circles add just a bit of movement to the design.
The layering and circles are repeated in this frame. Punching out a 1-1/2" circle in the solid coral paper in the kit creates the perfect contrast and frame for the focal point photo. A few pieces of chipboard and an enamel dot complete this layer.
Using flair is a great way to add a pop of texture to a circle shape of patterned paper. Notice that one of spots where a square piece of patterned paper could go, is instead replaced by stacking the puffy alphabet for a simple title with impact.
The yellow circle acts as a bridge between the patterns at the bottom of the layout. A contrast in color and shape give the layout some design interest.
Finally, notice the stamped dots (from the July stamp) that lead the eye around the design. Coupled with pops of color, and 10 different bits of patterned paper make for an interesting design that frame out the photos beautifully! Try your hand at creating this eclectic look!