If you’re going to San Francisco….

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair….

Hi guys, I made another scrapbook layout!  I’ve really been loving the process of scrapbooking again lately and just wish I had more time to devote to it!

I want to start today’s post with a little design lesson.  It’s about mixing patterns.  A thing I love to do.  Many scrapbook companies make it very easy for you by creating coordinating lines that do all the pattern mixing work for you.  But I sometimes find them just a little too “pat”.  Too obvious.  And for that reason, I like to do my own.  Besides which, I don’t always buy a complete line - maybe only a couple of the papers ring my bell, so I need to match them to other papers from other companies and lines.  The key to remember is the weight rule of pound/quart/ounce.  (Or for many of you, litre/centilitre/millilitre.)  Also there needs to be uniting elements, like color, but also opposing elements like size.  In the example below, the colors in the plaid are very close to the colors in the floral pattern and the green pairs well with both patterns but offers a contrast with the smaller print.  Then a little bit of gold polka dot vellum is an extra dash of yummy!


The two samples following are the same papers, but in differing proportions.  Once again, you have similar colors, but differing sizes between the pink ombre and the floral and the surprise counterpoint of text added in.  The portions of large, small and tiny are a really nice balance between the prints and colors.  And the text only works because it’s white background is a close match to the white flowers in the larger print.  If the text were on a cream colored background, it wouldn’t look as good.



This last sample is the one I ended up using.  Ultimately in different proportions than I’ve shown here, but continue scrolling and you’ll see what I did.


Here’s the layout I created with the papers above.


I’ve never been able to look at this photo without the lyrics of this song coming into my head.  Because the photo was even taken while we were visiting the area around San Francisco for our 27th anniversary.  Mr B came back from a walk with this flower crown made from the flowers growing in the resort we were staying at.  Who would think he even knew HOW??


Even though my original idea of using the 3 coordinating patterned papers went in one direction, as I began to think about this beautiful floral paper, my mind started to go in another direction and I started cutting out the various watercolor painted flowers.


Here’s another trick for you to get more out of a sheet of tags, die cuts and journaling blocks.  I felt it was less likely I would ever use the two large journaling cards on this sheet, than many of the other shapes and phrases but I liked the color tones and the sizes were right, so I decided to use them as photo mats.


I had fun arranging the cut flowers in a cascading pattern and then adding in some lines of journaling.  When I glued the flowers down, I only put glue in the very center and only a little bit so that the edges of each of the flowers would lift up and look more like they were loosely falling from wherever…the sky, the top of the page…somewhere “above”.



I did end up using all three patterned papers, but in much smaller amounts than the pound/quart/ounce proportions.



After I added the title, my last step was to paint on some splashes of watercolor to match the flowers in the paper.


Products used on this layout are:

Canson watercolor paper (background paper)

Patterned papers - Carta Bella (floral), Graphic 45 (orange check), text (unknown)

Chipboard alphabet - Thickers - Trinket

Label and phrase stickers - Simple Stories - Sunshine and Happiness

Journal sheet - Teresa Collins - He Said, She Said

Flower sticker - Simple Stories - Reset Girl

Puffy flower sticker - Pink Paislee - Oh My Heart

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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At Home….

Hi, hello, guess who!  Yup, Norine again!

I’ve got another layout to share today.  Because I still have some winter pictures and some paper left from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And I doubt that today’s layout will be the last!


I’m going to share with you, some process photos of the cute evergreen branches and how I made them.  Because the photo has a pot planted at the side of the stairs, full of pines and evergreen boughs, and the paper line has some evergreen motifs included, I wanted to make an accent of that.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I daubed on a variety of green colors and lots of water.  I pushed the color around for a bit and then let it dry.  Watercolor pigment dries lighter though, so when it did, I realized I needed more brown color.


Had I started with more brown paint, I don’t think it would have dried with the distinct green undertones like it did, but rather would have blended together and ended up much muddier.  I really like this result.


So, once it was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot die cutting machine, with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies called Holiday Greens.  Because I was cutting watercolor paper which is thicker and more textured than regular card stock, I found that I needed to add a shim of another piece of paper in addition to the acrylic cutting plate.  That little bit of extra thickness made all the difference.


Et voila!


Here’s how they looked on the finished layout.


I’m kind of into the look of lots of layers of mat papers behind the photo.  In this case, I used one of the journaling cards cut from one of the papers in the kit to add a bit of blue plaid to the mix.  It’s unlikely I’d used it as a card front or journaling card for Project Life, so it feels extra productive to used it as a photo mat instead.


I added my journaling straight to the layout after drawing lines in pencil to keep the text straight.  Then I stitched the lines on the sewing machine and erased the pencil lines.


I kind of also like the look of layering up elements that don’t actually have anything to do with the theme of the layout, like the chipboard flower from Blue Fern Studios.  I dunno….it works in my head…

Other supplies used: Simple Stories alphabet stickers (AT), Photo Play alphabet stickers (HOME), Bella Blvd washi tape, Pebbles Inc - Jen Hadfield phrase stickers, Crate Paper label sticker, Evalicious puffy sticker.


That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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