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Let Busy Patterns do the Work for You

When I create a scrapbook page, I start with the photo and the background patterns. Some paper patterns can be overwhelmingly bright or bold, and take focus away from a photo. Today, I am going to share a few ways that I let the patterns do the work for me.

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The Graffiti Art kit from {Not} Just for Boys has some bold patterns and bright colors, and I was not sure how to use the components together on a page. I began by separating the patterns with black cardstock creating a defined line where the eye could rest.

Brick patterns will lead the eye to a focal point on the page. As I added the brick, I was intentional about the direction the lines would lead. I placed pieces opposite the photo and one above in an arrow shape that pointed downward.

On a busier background, the photo needs to stand out. I backed mine with a black frame and vertical elements. Vertical pieces create a platform for the photo to sit and break up horizontal patterns.

To widen the frame, I layered pieces of ephemera and phrases. The roundness of the leaves and die cuts softened the harsher lines and brought a natural element to the page.

At the base of the page, I have a cardstock design cut in two. The white cardstock creates a grounding element on the page and operates d like arrows pointing in the direction of the photo.

The final piece on the page was the journalling block. I widened the base of my photo frame with the horizontal element, creating a large piece in the center of the patterns that stood out on the page.

If you would like to see how this page came together and learn a few more tips for using busy pattern paper, I have a short process video for you.

Stepping out of my comfort zone has been my theme for the year. I often shy away from vivid patterns, because I fear they will overpower my photos. Instead of avoiding these prints, I let them do the work for me, pairing them with other elements that would keep my photo the focus.

I hope this project inspired you to give this Graffiti Art kit a try. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.

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