Patterned papers, something we all can't do without. Or, at least I can't do without. What do you think of when you look at your stack of patterned papers? I always think that they're oh so pretty. I want to use them all! When I got this Patterned Parade assignment in my inbox, I already knew what I was gonna do for it! I gathered several of my favorite patterned papers, not caring from which collection they came from and went to town! I played around with the placements, took away some papers, added more and when I was finally happy with the selection, I was able to use eight pieces of patterned papers on my layout. Can you find them all? I have papers from Paper Heart, Random, Farmhouse, and Pretty Party. They work wonderfully well with each other, I must say. If you haven't already, try mixing the lines! You'll love it! :)
Patterned paper is actually one of the more challenging supplies for me. Usually, I like to work with it in small doses, but for this challenge, I thought why not "go big" and use a whole lot of patterned paper? So, I did! I mixed a bunch of papers from the Little Boy Blue collection to create this fun chevron pattern, and then threw it off a bit by cutting the three main pieces at a diagonal before piecing them together. To emphasize the quilting of the pattern paper pieces, I used my sewing machine to run a zig zag stitch along the seams. I laid my little photos on some white tissue and matted them with a light colored pattern paper as well, all of which I put on the same diagonal slant. Finally, I completed my project with the red doll thickers, which pop nicely against all that patterned paper. Even though I'm not normally a big patterned paper user, I really enjoyed doing something different with this Creative Weekly, and I hope that inspires you to try something new, too!
I took this photo of my daughter when she was just two years old, and during that time, we took her to the park every day. She was always interested in the playground equipment, especially the swing and slides. She'd run around the park, and after some time, I'd eventually catch up with her. It was a blast to play with her and watch her enjoy herself. Her eyes would always sparkle while at the playground. To capture the feeling of our exciting, adventurous trips to the park, and the happiness expressed by my daughter, I created a layout using lots of patterned papers in bright, bold colors. It fits perfectly with this month's Creative Weekly, too! The layout is charming and sweet, don't you think?
I love combining different patterned papers together from different product lines with my projects. I find that they don't always need to match to create something pretty. Don't be afraid to mix and match collections together when working on your own projects - it's fun and lends a hint of uniqueness!