No, I’m not talking about myself. I’m referring to the background of my latest layout. It isn’t unusual for me to use patterned paper as a background. I actually use it quite often. However, I will generally opt for a nice tone on tone or polka dot. I like a little pattern, but nothing that screams, “Look at me!”
So why did I choose this as my background? I decided to take on a dare. Okay, it was a challenge. It’s a crazy challenge. Essentially you go into your paper supplies and blindly choose 3 papers that have to make it onto a layout. In this case I chose that background paper, the pink polka dot, and the paper I used to mat the photo. Given those parameters, this is what I came up with. Honestly, I think perhaps I should have switched the polka dot and the background papers. When I had the floral next to the photo, it just didn’t look right.
This really was an interesting challenge to attempt. I was lucky that 2 of the 3 papers went together well. Two of the papers had pink that matched almost perfectly. That third piece of paper behind the photo is yellow. Why did I hide it? This yellow was heavily distressed with a grunge feel. It absolutely did not match the pristine nature of the other papers. So I lopped up most of the heavy grunge and let just a small slice show. The rest of the papers I pulled from my scraps. I let the flowers in the background determine my color choices. Perhaps using more cardstock would have helped with the pattern overload.
I don’t do a lot of product reviews, but today I just have to. See that butter yellow cardstock behind the pink polka dot paper? I’m in love! It’s so difficult to find the perfect soft yellow shade. So often when I order cardstock online, the color is much brighter than what I need. This is the yellow cardstock I have been searching for! It is the My Mind’s Eye yellow classic cardstock from the My Colors line. This is the perfect light yellow with a little bit of texture. I’m in a bit of a panic because I’m seeing places putting it on clearance. It looks like I may need to buy it in bulk and hoard it for future use.
So are you up for the challenge? Can you close your eyes and pick 3 random papers to make a layout? May the odds be with you.