If you are into trends, one of the latest is anything woodgrain. The combination of the organic pattern with the fun colors we see all over makes for some great options! I bet you’ve got some woodgrain somethin’-somethin’ in your stash already!
If you are wondering how to actually put your stash to use, we’ve got some pages from ScrapHappy members that will give you some great ideas to get those woodgrain products out of your stash and into your albums.
One of the easiest ways to use woodgrain is as a background. It’s a great, neutral pattern that helps ground your page, and can help illustrate your story as well. Case in point, this simple and sweet layout from Joy McHargue:
The aged look of the wood emphasizes the antique look of the photos, as well as complementing the cowboy theme.
Woodgrain product isn’t always patterned paper, however. More and more we’re seeing it in embellishments where it shows up as a subtle texture added to shaped stickers, wordfetti, and alphas. In this page from Marcia Fortunato, not only is there a bit of patterned woodgrain paper as a grounding strip across the center of the page, but also in the banner, stars, border strip, and title alphas. The repetition of the woodgrain creates unity on the page, and helps tell the story, while letting the focal photo shine. Woodgrain can be a great boy-ish addition for masculine scrapbook layouts.
Woodgrain patterns don’t always have to be photo-realistic, though. (Nor do they have to be used on pages about cowboys!) This page from Jane Bain uses a more graphic style of woodgrain, as well as an actual wood embellishment. The combination of graphic approach with real wood creates a fun and cozy page that just begs to be touched, due to the variety of textures and layers on her page.
Woodgrain is also useful when you want a pattern but not something that is so bold that it will distract from the overall page. Here’s a page I created with woodgrain background. It’s so subtle it could be seen as a neutral or solid. It also ties in well with the photo of the woods — a stripe or a polkadot (my other two favorite patterns) might have conflicted with the natural theme, but the woodgrain patterned paper actually reinforces it.
As you can see, it is very easy to use woodgrain patterns in your simple scrapbooking since it is a natural and neutral pattern. If you don’t have any in your stash, it’s a worthwhile addition, since it is so adaptable. If you’ve got any fun examples, link them up below!
P.S. Here are some super-cute and fun woodgrain products and embellishments:
Amy Tangerine 12×12 Ready Set Go papercrafting kit (Also available in a 6×6 paper pad)