Hello Pebbles Friends! It is Leanne here today hoping to inspire you to create your own embellishments using only patterned paper. I know, I know.. Pebbles have so many gorgeous little embellishments it can sometimes be hard to narrow down your choices! But I thought I’d like to challenge myself and showcase the gorgeous patterned papers, especially those in the new Patio Party collection.
The first step towards creating your own patterned paper embellishments is colour choice. Take a lead from the photos you wish to use. Colour match as best as possible and then think about story you want to document. If you can highlight the story with colours and patterned paper embellishments, your layout will have a more polished look.
Gather your supplies:
After I have chosen the paper collection I want to use, the rest of the patterned paper placement is easy. Within Patio Party, there are a few papers with polk-a-dots or circles. As my layout documents a first time trip to the ice-skating rink for my children, these dots and cool toned colours represent snowy features. As you can imagine, living in the tropics, we don’t get to experience extremely cold temperatures! So it was a lot of fun to play with this theme in mind.
Coincidently, did you know today is also World Penguin Day? 🙂
To build up my layout base, I layered white cardstock over black to create a simple border. I then machine stitched around the outside and ran my cardstock through the typewriter.
This layout has been designed with a linear look to it. To help reinforce the clean and simple design, I managed to align all my text on the right side. However, typing the text like this was time consuming and involved a first draft on scrap paper. Next I counted the letters and spaces between the words to work backwards from.
Patterned Paper Embellishments..
In the process of creating my layout, I started looking at the border strips provided as an extra bonus on each patterned paper sheet. I trimmed these borders to size and started to layer the strips across the top third of my page.
Trimming sentiments already established on the patterned papers is definitely a great way to use patterned paper on your page. My title “Happy Day” comes from the “From Me To You” patterned paper.
Fussy cutting clusters of flowers and mounting on foam tape helps to link other elements on the page together. Trimming or fussy cutting images from patterned paper is the easiest way to create your own embellishments.
Another method is to create your own banners. This is simply put together by cutting a strip of patterned paper and adding a notch to the shorter ends. I repeated this idea with my title sentiment and added a small notch to it as well.
For a more dimensional look and to fill in the blank space on top of the navy banner, I have created a small tag and tucked it below my top photo. To achieve this, trim a strip of patterned paper to the required size and evenly cut the corners off of one end. Punch a hole in the center of that same end and add bakers twine.
Repeat the same layered pattern style of DIY paper embellishments on the lower half of your layout, to complete a cohesive look.
Raise the fussy cut flower cluster onto foam dots to match the dimension of the other clusters.
Complete your layout and additional touches such as stamping or paint splatters. Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope you have as much fun creating your own patterned paper embellishments as I do!