Monday, July 29, 2013

Creative Backgrounds

Hello!  I hope you’re enjoying your summer. We’re in the full swing of things and enjoying the longer days.  We’ve also been doing a little travel. 

We went home to Louisiana for my nephew’s birthday.  It happens to be on the 4th of July.  And since it’s hard sharing your birthday with a holiday, we try to do something extra special for him.  This year, we took him and his friends to an activity center.  It was a definite winner!

When I started to scrap the photos, I did my usual process:  select my photos, select a page kit and go. But as I started looking at the photos and thinking about their placement, I decided that my usual “boring” cardstock wouldn’t do.  I started looking at my patterned papers and found this cool zig-zag one that helped emphasize the randomness of 10-year-old driving.  

These are some photos of my nephew on the Go Karts.  He had an awesome day with rock climbing, putt-putt golf, bumper cars and, of course, --- birthday cake and ice cream.  But these Go Karts were one of the big hits of the party.

Which Way? by Moanica Caston.  Patterned Paper: Simple Stories; Cardstock:  Bazzill; Stickers: Simple Stories; Wood arrow pieces: Studio Calico;  Alphas: Jillibean Soup.

So, here’s my challenge to you -- Instead of doing the usual and pulling out a piece of cardstock for the background of your layout, take a closer look at your patterned papers over and see if there’s a creative background you might use. 



  1. Great layout and suggestion. I have tried using pattern paper as my background for a layout, and I agree, it really works.

  2. Fun layout, the pattern paper works great with the photos. Love all the arrows & flag banners. I use pattern paper as my background a lot and love it...great tip!

  3. That's a GREAT idea! I need to explore a whole lot more with my patterned papers! Thanks Moanica!

  4. I love your layout. I don't use patterned papers enough as my background. I lack bravery! I'm working on it though!

  5. What a fun layout! I use pattern paper as my base quite a bit.



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