I have SO MUCH patterned paper in my stash right now. Especially since I switched from scrapbooking to card making – I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I have more 6×6 now than I had of the 12×12.
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I tend to use only cardstock more often than not. I find it hard to use a printed paper; it just seems too busy to me, and I end up having trouble with focal points or overall composition.
Last year I picked up this paper pad from Joanns. Why? Because I didn’t have any with pumpkins on it yet.
And there it sat. For a whole year, untouched, in my desk, staring at me staring at it – its lovely autumn colors taunting me as I tried to figure out my patterned paper conundrum.
I realized I’d never get past the pattern-a-phobia if I don’t just cut the thing up. So that’s what I did. 🙂
The truth is, I colored that image with my Copics and I wanted to stick it on a card. The pumpkin patterned paper matched up with it quite nicely, although I had to compromise with the sentiment – there was nothing else in my stash that was appropriate for the theme, and small enough not to swallow the whole front of the card.
Pumpkins aren’t pumpkins without a few vines and swirls, so I used a Memory Box “Swirly Tree” die and then trimmed off the branches:
Edit: This die was retired, but you can still find them on Ebay at a reasonable price. Also, there are tons of flourish dies you could use instead.
I layered it all together, but only put adhesive in the center back of the colored image while I positioned the ‘vines.’ Then I tucked a few thin foam squares under the corners to secure it. I may die cut a label to cover over the sentiment with another one; once I get something that will work better there.
Have you ever had trouble with a layout? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you overcome design hurdles!