Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Light Bulb Moment!

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.

Happy Crafting!



  1. I like this tip and layout, cute embellies and mix of pp's

  2. I don't think I've ever matted pattern paper on a LO although I almost always do so on cards. What a great tip! Thank you!

  3. I'm very linear as well. Never thought about matting my patterned paper on a layout, yet we do it on cards all the time. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Ahh ha moment for me, too! This is a wonderful tip! TFS, Moanica!

  5. Great layout and it's just my style...love the little peek of cardstock showing.



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