If you read yesterday's post then you know know some basic principles of designing with bold patterned papers. There are just two more hints to share and then it's up to you to get up your courage and boldly scrap with Patterned Papers and never look back!
Principle 4 - Choosing patterns and colors that convey emotion
"But Emilie, what if I want to scrap a black and white photo?" Well, that's the easiest of all! When scrapping black and white photos...choose a color scheme that fits the emotion you are trying to convey. Pick one color from your dominant paper and use it as your main focus. Use the other colors from the paper as your accent colors. Of course, you should strive for this with every layout, even when scrapping color photographs, but with B&W you have no restrictions.
You must still follow the rules of pattern size and scale. Here is an example...I chose these papers because I felt they conveyed a very domestic theme and feeling to my layout of my daughters pretending to do the dishes together.
Time for the last (and maybe most important) principle...
Principle 5 - Play!
Remember...there's no right or wrong in scrapbooking. Experiment with mixing patterns and see what mix YOU like. Play with whimsical papers and designs that fit your theme. Play with colors in embellishments and trims. Sometimes you can break all of the rules and LOVE the result. Try a few different things until you get the feel for mixing patterns and you'll be hooked in no time!
Here are a few more of my layouts which use 3 or more patterned papers. I hope this helps inspire you!
CHALLENGE TIME! Your challenge is to mix at least two different patterned papers together on a layout. Then post it in the Flickr gallery for all to be inspired by. You don't have to stop at two....you can go ca-raze-ay if you really must. You rebel!