Picking Paper For Scrapbooking Layouts
Paper: Friend or Foe?
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For my two-page layout, I used the Little Man Paper Kit By Echo Park for its bright colors and fun patterns. Now, I did have to buy two paper packs since these types of paper packs don’t come with two of the same pattern, and I usually need two of the same pattern for background paper when designing a two-page layout. I will mention that this is one of the reasons why I love our Double Layout Kits at Kiwi Lane. These are designed so that you have everything you need to design a two-page layout and so that don’t have to buy two different kits to get started. (For more about how we design our paper kits, check out this post)
Speaking of getting started, when picking paper for a two-page spread, I almost always choose 5-6 double-sided paper following these guidelines:
Picking The Paper
When picking the main pattern, there are two things to keep in mind; Pictures and mood. Sometimes I’ll choose a pattern that resonated with my pictures and sometimes I’ll pick a pattern that doesn’t correlate perfectly with the memory I’m scrapbooking but it sets the mood I want. Either way, I always choose something that has a little more color and theme to it.
For the supporting paper, you will want to pick one that layers well with the main pattern that you chose (and I often choose a pattern that is more subtle than that of the main pattern). To do this, I simply lay them against each other until one catches my eye. This one depends mostly on your personal preference.
The last decision to make concerning paper is background paper and mat paper. For matting, people usually choose cardstock paper. For the background sheet, I often choose a blender page. This just means that the pattern on the paper is subtle and usually the same color as the background. This allows the other patterns to pop off the sheet and for your pictures to really shine. For more about that, check out the video at the 6:50 mark.
Overall, the paper you choose can change the entire mood of your layout, so taking the time to intentionally choose paper can go a long way!
See how the mood changes?
The Finished Layout
Once you have your paper sorted, it’s time to play-to-create! I had fun pulling out some of my favorite Designer Templates to create these two birthday layouts. I used the Abbie Road Border set, Rings Accessory Set, and the Tiny Celebrate Accessory Set for both layouts.
For these two layouts, I actually drew some inspiration from a layout in Idea Book #3 on page 125. I was inspired to pull out the Rings accessory set as shown on the layout and instead of using the Sunnybrook Lane Border Set I used Abbie Road. The Idea Books are a useful tool if you’re trying to get layouts done fast and you need some quick inspiration. For more about our Idea Books, check out this post!
For a closer look at each of the Designer Template sets that I used, check out the video at these marks:
- 16:38– Tiny Celebrate
- 17:50– Rings (For more on how to cut and use the Rings, check out this post)
- 21:25– Abbie Road Border Set
That’s A Wrap
Well, that is a wrap! As you mix and match you can come up with even more designs than we originally showed you. The options are endless, and the moment you change that paper to your needs, the look changes as well.