Let Patterned Paper and Color Decide Your Scrapbook Page Story | Get It ScrappedIf you’re a patterned paper lover, surely you’ve got a stash of papers calling to you. Challenge yourself to shake up your scrapbooking page storytelling process by starting with a patterned paper and color before your photos or story. It will give you a chance to play with new techniques and products and yield unexpected story angles.[hr]

Marcia Fortunato says, “I got this background paper in a recent scrapbook kit, and I immediately thought it would work well on a layout using a photo of a sunset.”

“This page shows a photo I took of a beautiful summer sunset, and the journaling speaks of how happy I was that I was able to finally get a sunset photo unobstructed by trees. I paired this photo with the background paper since it had similar tones of pink, and then I selected a turquoise paper to use as a mat for the photo. I felt it still needed more grounding, so I stamped with inks in the colors that are in the photo. Finally, I cut the title from watercolor paper and painted it to coordinate with the photo.”

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I Love a Great Sunset… by Marcia Fortunato | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (As You Wish line); Mixed media paper: Canson; Metallic watercolors: Prang; Stamp: Tim Holtz; Ink: Hero Arts; Letter stickers: Studio Calico; Pen: Sharpie; Silhouette Cameo: Font: Magneto; Other: doily.

Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “I loved this patterned paper with oversized center-pointing chevrons the first time I saw it, and I thought I’d need to use it with a picture on which I want to bring the viewer to focus on one particular part of the picture.”

“The perfect picture to go with it is one of my daughter taking a fondant figurine I made on her birthday cake. The story is that I spend hours on her cake each year and I always hope we can keep it one week or so to just look at it, but her, all she wants is to eat those figurines! The chevrons are great to highlight the act of taking the figurine. The pale pink picks up the hint of pink and the skin tones and make a beautiful contrast with the blue of the other patterned papers and of the cake.”

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No mercy by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Die Cuts: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; Project Life Cards: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; Puffy Stickers: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Thickers: American Crafts; Vellum Shapes: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; Chipboard: Heidi Swapp, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Golden Ribbon: Recollection; Thread: Lawn Fawn; Others: Tiny Attacher from Tim Holz.

Audrey Tan says, “I was taken in by this photography-themed background patterned paper and knew I had to use it for my selfie-photo project.”

“This page is about documenting my selfie project. With a group of best friends, we churn out a selfie each week based on a theme that we make up. Hopefully at the end of this year, we will have a reflection of our selfies taken this year. I go a step further and create a page with every selfie that I take so that I have an album.”

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It’s All About Me by Audrey Tan | Supplies: Ju Kniepp: What You Bring To It, Wild & Free, Made To Fly, Capturing Bundle, Learn & Grow, Me Myself I, Vintage Harbor Blossom, Practically Perfect; BeeDee Designs: Moments That Matter; Ju Kniepp & Studio Basic: Be.You.Tiful; Crafty Button Designs & Studio Basic: Lovely Messy Life; Font: Phat Grunge Bold, Pookie Stretch

Gretchen Henninger says, “I started with bold green patterned papers because green is my favorite color.”

“I then chose a photograph of my husband and me in Iceland. When were were there, I kept saying that their national colors should be green, black and white because these colors dominated the landscape.  This photo not only has the green, black and white landscape, but my green jacket and my husband’s black jacket as well.”

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He Loves Me by Gretchen Henninger | Supplies: Paper: K & Company; Alphas: Studio Calico, American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (mowed lawn, pumice stone); Spray Ink: Mister Huey’s (Shine); Pearls: Freckled Fawn; Flair: Findingnana; Stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop); Other: modeling paste

Sue Althouse says, “I started my layout by piecing together a background of three patterned paper bands: a bold, playful polka dot on the bottom, a small grid in the middle and a tone-on-tone watercolor at the top.”

“A warm color palette unites all three and a geometric border sticker completes the design. I enjoy combining patterns like this to create a new look. This page is about the baby shower for our daughter in-law. The colors in the photos and the festive occasion were a good match for my background of color and pattern.”

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Baby Shower by Sue Althouse | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Brads, Photo Frames, Tape Strips: Basic Grey; Alphabets: American Crafts; Floss: We R Memory Keepers; Typewriter: Remington

Katie Scott says, “I wanted to work with library themed papers since I am always drawn to them while shopping but then rarely end up using them.”

“I recently took a trip back home and photographed lots of my family’s old books which are nostalgic for me.  These photos of my family’s old books are a good match for these papers. I made one traditional 12×12 page and paired it with a pocketed 12×12 page since I had lots of photos that I wanted to include.”

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Old Books by Katie Scott | Supplies: Studio Calico, Allison Kreft and Crate Paper patterned papers; Studio Calico wood veneers;

Debbie Hodge says, “I bought these outdoor-themed papers last Friday, and challenged myself to use them over the weekend.”

“I’m finishing up an album for my mom of our time together in 2013 and these photos of water fights were OK, but I wasn’t sure I’d scrapbook them because I had so many photos and it seems I scrapbook this topic every year and these photos weren’t really grabbing me. The targets on the papers, though, gave these photos great energy, and I’m so glad I scrapbooked them.”

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Squirt Fight by Debbie Hodge | Adventure by Lynne-Marie; Woodgrain Alpha by Crystal Wilkerson; Westover by One Little Bird; Cork It by Gina Cabrera; For the Record by Paislee Press; 11:30am by Amy Wolff; Pastiche Brush, Bohemian Typewriter fonts