If you see my layouts, you know I’m a pretty linear scrapper. I like clean lines, orderly titles, a few impactful embellishments and I especially love matted photos. I was thinking about that as I worked with some photos from a cruise last year. And it suddenly occurred to me – why not “mat” the patterned paper!
It was a classic – why didn’t I think of that sooner? – moment. So, I started planning the page. Of course, the photos would be matted. But what was the best way to achieve the same effect with patterned paper? I decided to use three different papers with different widths for almost the full length of my page. With a little (OK, a lot!) of trial and error, I discovered that I liked just a sliver of the base cardstock to show along the edges and in between the pieces of patterned paper. Of course, this is a personal preference and you can adjust it to suit your taste.
A few embellishments and a simple title and my layout was done. I love the result. It’s still my style, but with a little more interest. Of course, you could turn this 90 degrees and have the pieces of patterned paper placed horizontally. That would be especially cute with a single, vertical 5x7 photo and the title placed along the bottom.
A Walk Downtown by Moanica Caston. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper, chipboard, brads: Basic Grey; Wooden veneer arrow: Studio Calico; Alphas: American Craft Thickers.