We're going to chime in here one last time with a reminder of Crate's Pattern Paper Parade Challenge. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday, August 27th (12:00pm US CST). We've also pushed forward the winner announcement date by one day. Instead of posting the winning project and runner-ups on Monday, they'll post on Tuesday, August 28th. This is to ensure that "all" submissions reach us on time and are taken into consideration during the winner selection process. We realize that weekends can get pretty hectic for some of you, so we're hoping the extra day will make it easier for those wanting to participate in the challenge. If without the challenge details, locate them HERE.
And the final two Pattern Paper Parade are waiting for you, just below...
If there's one thing I can't pass up in scrapbooking, it's indeed, patterned papers! I like to mix them, layer them, sew them, etc. Initially, to illustrate this week's Creative Weekly theme, I thought to make a patchwork with lots of little pieces of a paper, but then the picture led me to these two layouts. The first, a heavier version of the second, left me unconvinced! In response, I decided to re-design the right-half of the layout. I created a butterfly stencil/cut-out with the help of my Cameo machine. Behind each butterfly, I glued a different patterned paper. The openness of the cut-out creates a lighter looking layout and easily does away with the addition of extra embellishments.
Pattern Parade as a fun challenge and the hardest part was narrowing down which patterns to use since I started out with so many! In the end, I decided to go with a cooler color combo of blues, green, and yellows from Acorn Avenue and On Trend. The colors mix well together and none of the patterns are too busy or overwhelming. My favorite pairing is the yellow-green shell print with the taupe and cream zebra print. I punched a scalloped border from each paper strip and then layered them to create a tiered effect. Because the bottom of the card had so much going on between the patterns, colors, and frills, I wanted to stay relatively simple on the top. A few embellishments from the Story Teller collection did just the trick and the border around the "Notes" card even offered an additional pattern.