Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Designer Showcase: Repeated Patterns

Hello scrapping friends. How are you doing this Sunday?

In my part of the world, we still have winter at this time of year, and usually plenty of snow. But not this year! We hardly have had any snow at all, and the winter has been extremely mild. So it feels like spring outside, and the Nook March kit with the bright happy colors and fun patterns matches perfect this spring feeling.

Let’s talk patterns today! Or to be more precise: repeated patterns!
Did you notice the butterflies in the March kit? Well, honestly, how could you not. *lol*

Not sure how to use them: here are a few ideas for you:

Pimp up your wooden butterfly: use ink, embossing powders, stamp on it, doodle on it – or use the rubons and pins from the kit  to make it even more beautiful.

Rub a rubon butterfly to a piece of acetat (or as I did: I used the plastic bag the wooden butterfly came in), cut around and glue it down as a piece of embellishment. To give some depth to the  butterfly, I used some 3d foam under the wings

Here are some ways to use butterflies cut out from the patterned paper with all the winged beauties on:
Use them to add even more interest to patterned papers on you layout or card.
Make your patterned paper pop by adhering new butterflies on top of the ones in the paper.

Put them on a string:

And here comes the fun part: use them all on the same project:

Title: "Early Spring?" - Norwegian

By using a repeated pattern, the projects get a uniform look, even if it’s contains a lot of details. Try imagining the butterflies replaced with flowers or other embellishments – the layout would probably look a lot more messy.

I have another example for you. The design on the layout below has pretty much the same as the one above, but I have replaced butterflies with circles as my repeated pattern. The result is what I wanted: a uniform look.

My challenge for you is: use the repeated pattern technique on a project. Try out the butterflies or circles as I did, or explore some of the other patterns in the kit: the damask or the stripes. How far do you dare go?