31 Days #7: Combining Patterned Papers

by Lain Ehmann on July 7, 2012

Scrappers unite! Let’s chat today about patterned paper, as Jennyfer asks:

“How the heck do I select patterns that go together?

Let me help… today’s video is a bit longer than our others, but I show you how I select patterns in real time.

Links in today’s video:

A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking with Patterned Paper by Ali Edwards (available for $2.80 at Amazon!)

simple scrapbooking layouts

P.S. Still plenty of time to get in your questions!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220062703 Kelli Panique

    Great job today, Lain!  Well, it’s a great job every day, but this is such a common point that people get stuck on and you explained the process so well.  When I’m combining patterns I’m always surprised by how many different manufacturers I end up using on a single page or how I didn’t even see some of the colors originially until I was looking for a certain combination.  Great series!

  • Embur214

    Very helpful and informative.  The videos are great little snippets of info/inspiration.  Thanks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKLJSUEMMIKLHTX3HSMEAX4ENM Alison

    Great answer Lain (and really love your page too!) 
    Another good tip to remember when combining patterns is (oo, another rule of 3!) to think about using 3 different sizes of patterns. One large (big floral or that fabulous paisley you showed), one medium (stripes or checks for example) and one smaller print (polka dots, tight chevron, narrow stripes, small floral etc). If you can find a commonality in them – usually colour – then they will work great together.
    Can’t wait to see what you have for us tomorrow! Thanks for all your super helpful answers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sktbaker Susan Traub Baker

    I’m working on my Why I scrapbook layout today!  I am combing through by patterned paper to find the sheets that I have been hoarding for so long that I needed to turn into something artful and well thought out.  That is what this page will be. Thanks for taking the time.

  • Kim Thomas

    I’m really enjoying your videos. Thank you so much for the inspiration. That leads me to my question. There are very few magazines left on the market. It seems that people are forgetting about scrapbooking and have moved on to other hobbies. Where do we go for inspiration now? I miss my magazines, even books are gone. Help!!! Thank you again. Take care. :)

  • Jennyfer

    Thank you so much for answering my question Lain! I’ve really learnt a lot from you. Keep these videos coming!

  • Amber Proctor

    Dear Lain
    I have just recently found you on facebook and I really enjoy your videos. I have been scrapbooking for several years now and I’m finding that I am in a scrapbook/card making rut. What is the best way to stay motivated to scrapbook and keep my books from looking the same?
    Amber Proctor

  • Jeannie L

    Very helpful and informative… Really loved how you explained. I faced the exact problem but it’s only recently that I got slightly better at it. Another great source which I wanna point out to help others is Shimelle Laine. Check out her free videos at 2peas or her personal blog. She really helped me a ton when it came to choosing papers. I used to spend hours and have such a headache just picking papers and I’m not kidding.

  • Nancy McMahon

    Lain I enjoyed your video very much and took notes! Thanks :)

  • Lynne

    That’s the way I learned it too. or to think another way – If you have a very busy pattern with lots of color, the other papers need to be calmer or a larger/simplier print.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1250767961 Coffee Krueger

     Thanks for this. That is all very informative. Thanks for the lot of work.

  • Kris Van Allen

    that really is an amazing book.  I refer to it all the time, still!

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