Hey there, Becca here with your next installment of mixing patterns. When the theme for this week was chosen, I was ecstatic. Mixing patterns are my thing! Like Jennifer, I have used patterns as a background layer as well as mixing them in smaller sizes on top.
Here's an example of mixing patterns in one of my layouts. I like to choose a bold pattern for the background, but one that's is either all one color, or not too busy. The trick is to keep the other patterns smaller and keep the background the focal point. I love kits that have similar colors that tie everything together like in this layout.
For this one, I picked a neutral background and mixed a bunch of different colors and patterns behind it. They are all completely different, and that's okay! My trick here is to pick a patterned paper that has all or most of the colors I used in the other patterned papers — in this case, the striped paper — to tie all of the papers together.
And for this last one, I made a bold move and mixed two patterned papers together for the background. I had to, because it was a bold kit, right? The trick to this is that the papers complement each other, and I added tiny bits of those same colors in other elements to pull the page together. The lime green made everything pop.