Thursday, September 20, 2012

Working with Patterned Paper + Sketch

Hey all, it's Pam here with a sketch and two examples of using patterned papers in interesting ways. I love to use strong design in my layouts as you will see below. In this first example, I created an interesting number page along with lots of color. My dog is the center of the page. She is an adored pet and I wanted to create a celebration page with her at the age of five. I chose patterned paper that was mostly from the Country Charm collection. All of the circle cutting and fussy cutting was done with a kraft knife. I don't own a big die cut machine, so I must do everything by hand, which I actually like. As you can see each patterned paper is cut to fit into different circles and it actually does a good job of drawing your eyes to the main two photos.

Supplies: GCD Studios Country Charm, Flower Child Collections, American Crafts Thickers, Making Memories flower, October Afternoon sticker.

My second example is my son's first day of school for fourth grade. Here I spread out the patterned papers into squares and added them to my page. I purposely planned my photos like that so they would stand out the most. With bright colors surrounding them, they stood out quite well. I alternated with papers and patterns to add lots of interest to the page. For instance notice how the blue patterned paper on the bottom ties into drawing your eyes down the page. Below my page is the sketch. I hope you enjoy and use this sketch for your upcoming projects!

Supplies: GCD Studios Country Charm, Flower Girl, Sweet Tooth, Bonjour Collections, American Crafts Thickers, Jenni Bowlin Stickers, October Afternoon embellishments, Chic Tags Circle Tag, My Minds Eye Paper, Bazzill Basics Kraft Cardstock.

Have a great day!!


  1. Pam those are two fabulous layouts and I love your fussy cutting you could have fooled me...

  2. Beautiful designs, Pam! Although I love fussy-cutting, circles stump me. Yours are PERFECT :)

  3. Beautiful layouts!
    Love de colours on the first one and the happiness on the secornd one!

  4. How on earth do you cut so smoothly and evenly with a craft knife? Beautiful layouts!

  5. Your eye for color, pattern, and shape is amazing!!