Combining geometric patterns–making a mashup of the style–is currently trendy for surface pattern design.
Take a look a examples we’ve collected on Pinterest here, and let them inspire and instruct you in making your own mashups.
Take a look, also, at how our Creative Team makes their own geometric mashups on the scrapbook page.[hr]
Gretchen Henninger says, “This layout features a photograph from a wonderful evening out with my husband at Lincoln Center seeing one of his favorite jazz musicians perform.”
“I felt that a design using bold colors and a mix of geometric patterns worked well to capture the feel of the music. I began with a large black and white chevron patterned paper. I used the center of the chevron to create downward movement along the left side of the page. The sides of the chevron create diagonal movement along the right side of the page (leading right through the photograph). In between these sections, I layered black and teal triangles over a white dot paper to create a zig-zag line down the page.”
Karen Poirier-Brode says, “This page is about the visit my niece and I took to Las Vegas and our enjoyment of the M&M Museum. I used a digital template to keep the mix of geometric prints orderly, and I picked common color-stories in the papers for unity (gold, pink, turquoise, black and white). The bright colors of the accents come from the photo and help keep the attention on the photo and not the busy background.”
Terry Billman says, “Tiny Dancer showcases my grand daughter’s first dance recital at the age of three. My ‘mashup’ is subdued and includes a representational print of dancers in addition to plaid and monochromatic blocks. I used tilted and nested squares to provide a geometric progression across the page to the focal photo. The geometric design unites the patterns, yet is simple and delicate showcasing my tiny dancer.”
Christy Strickler says, “I wanted to document how I started homeschooling my son in preschool. The photo is really grainy. Using a mashup of geometric shapes helped distract from the bad quality of the image. I started with a busy patterned paper and then layered in vellum shapes. The vellum allows the layers beneath to show while keeping a separation between the photo cluster and the patterned papers.”
Audrey Tan says, “This page is about my trip to Goa, India. While waiting for my meal to arrive, I stopped and gazed at the sea. It was a lovely, serene feeling.”
“In adding a mashup of geometric prints, I cut them from a series of hexagonal shapes. I also included mixed media prints. A few embellished bits finished the page.”