Tips for Mixing Patterned Paper

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, we’re sharing some exclusive scrapbooking tips from our Art Studio right here on the blog! Last week we shared tips for balancing the colors on your scrapbook pages.

Today we’re going to share some tips with you for mixing patterned papers together using, of course, our Happy Times paper packet, which is available for this month only.

Here are the two pages we’ll be comparing—a sort of before and after, if you will:

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First, let’s start with the page on the left that looks a bit like an overrun garden:

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In the spirit of this floral fiasco, here are some whoopsie daisies (get it, daisies? 😀 ) that make this page a little bit chaotic:

Whoopsie Daisy #1: Using all of your favorite patterns at once.

Yes, these papers are beautiful, but when you use them all together on one page, your eyes don’t know where to look! You want to set a beautiful backdrop for your photos, but in this example, the photo gets lost amid a bunch of theatrics.

Whoopsie Daisy #2: Choosing only patterned papers that perfectly match.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up a little! Remember, your color scheme doesn’t have to perfectly coordinate—the individual components just have to go together.

Okay, now let’s step away from the floral fiasco and look at a more calm, harmonious, page:

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You can really see and feel the difference, huh? Isn’t it amazing how we respond to patterns? This page has definitely transformed into something more sophisticated and balanced, so let’s talk about how it’s blossomed:

Blossom #1: Choosing one pattern to be the hero.

On this page, the floral pattern is the hero. Every other paper supports this one pattern. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Choose one bold pattern, one or two medium patterns that support the bold pattern (pretty mellow patterns), and then choose papers with very subtle patterns or solid cardstock to round off your page. Here, the wooden pattern is our medium pattern and the mint paper is our very subtle pattern.

Blossom #2: Choosing patterns that aren’t too matchy matchy.

Remember, your papers don’t have to match perfectly, they just have to go! The mint color is perfect because it still goes with the hero paper, but it’s not the main color in the hero paper so it adds variety.

We hope you found these tips to be helpful. Stay tuned for more scrapbooking tips this month on the blog!


12″ x 12″ Happy Times Page (good example)
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
CC1064 My Acrylix® Happy Times, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread, Pen

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