If you’re going to San Francisco….

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair….

Hi guys, I made another scrapbook layout!  I’ve really been loving the process of scrapbooking again lately and just wish I had more time to devote to it!

I want to start today’s post with a little design lesson.  It’s about mixing patterns.  A thing I love to do.  Many scrapbook companies make it very easy for you by creating coordinating lines that do all the pattern mixing work for you.  But I sometimes find them just a little too “pat”.  Too obvious.  And for that reason, I like to do my own.  Besides which, I don’t always buy a complete line – maybe only a couple of the papers ring my bell, so I need to match them to other papers from other companies and lines.  The key to remember is the weight rule of pound/quart/ounce.  (Or for many of you, litre/centilitre/millilitre.)  Also there needs to be uniting elements, like color, but also opposing elements like size.  In the example below, the colors in the plaid are very close to the colors in the floral pattern and the green pairs well with both patterns but offers a contrast with the smaller print.  Then a little bit of gold polka dot vellum is an extra dash of yummy!


The two samples following are the same papers, but in differing proportions.  Once again, you have similar colors, but differing sizes between the pink ombre and the floral and the surprise counterpoint of text added in.  The portions of large, small and tiny are a really nice balance between the prints and colors.  And the text only works because it’s white background is a close match to the white flowers in the larger print.  If the text were on a cream colored background, it wouldn’t look as good.



This last sample is the one I ended up using.  Ultimately in different proportions than I’ve shown here, but continue scrolling and you’ll see what I did.


Here’s the layout I created with the papers above.


I’ve never been able to look at this photo without the lyrics of this song coming into my head.  Because the photo was even taken while we were visiting the area around San Francisco for our 27th anniversary.  Mr B came back from a walk with this flower crown made from the flowers growing in the resort we were staying at.  Who would think he even knew HOW??


Even though my original idea of using the 3 coordinating patterned papers went in one direction, as I began to think about this beautiful floral paper, my mind started to go in another direction and I started cutting out the various watercolor painted flowers.


Here’s another trick for you to get more out of a sheet of tags, die cuts and journaling blocks.  I felt it was less likely I would ever use the two large journaling cards on this sheet, than many of the other shapes and phrases but I liked the color tones and the sizes were right, so I decided to use them as photo mats.


I had fun arranging the cut flowers in a cascading pattern and then adding in some lines of journaling.  When I glued the flowers down, I only put glue in the very center and only a little bit so that the edges of each of the flowers would lift up and look more like they were loosely falling from wherever…the sky, the top of the page…somewhere “above”.



I did end up using all three patterned papers, but in much smaller amounts than the pound/quart/ounce proportions.



After I added the title, my last step was to paint on some splashes of watercolor to match the flowers in the paper.


Products used on this layout are:

Canson watercolor paper (background paper)

Patterned papers – Carta Bella (floral), Graphic 45 (orange check), text (unknown)

Chipboard alphabet – Thickers – Trinket

Label and phrase stickers – Simple Stories – Sunshine and Happiness

Journal sheet – Teresa Collins – He Said, She Said

Flower sticker – Simple Stories – Reset Girl

Puffy flower sticker – Pink Paislee – Oh My Heart

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

0 thoughts on “If you’re going to San Francisco….

  • Thanks for the lesson in adding different prints etc, that is one thing I have a hard time do. great layout I love how you added the flowers you cut out.

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