November 2023 Wk1 Scrapbook page Layout

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November 2023 Wk1 Scrapbook Page Layout

Mixing Plain Cardstock and Printed Paper

When it comes to designing captivating layouts, the combining of plain cardstock and printed paper can elevate your scrapbooking game.  Melinda, our guest scrapbooker this month has done this very well on this layout.

Mixing these two elements on a layout provides depth, contrast, and a unique visual appeal that enhances your overall design. Let’s have a look at a variety of creative ideas for combining plain cardstock and printed paper to create stunning scrapbook layouts.


Establish a Solid Foundation

Begin by selecting a plain cardstock sheet as the base for your layout. This solid-coloured foundation provides a neutral canvas for your design and helps your printed paper elements stand out. Choose a cardstock colour that complements your theme, whether it's a classic white or a shade that matches the dominant colours in your photos.

Layer for Dimension

Layering is a fundamental technique in scrapbooking. After setting your cardstock base, use printed paper to create layers and build dimension in your layout. You can cut printed paper into various shapes and then position them strategically to create depth and interest. Mat your photos with coordinating cardstock (like Melinda has with the green cardstock) to make them pop.

Mix Patterns and Textures

The variety of patterns and textures found in printed paper can add visual interest and excitement to your scrapbook layout. To avoid overwhelming the eye, mix different patterns and textures but keep a cohesive colour scheme in mind. For instance, combine a floral printed paper with a subtle polka dot pattern or a striped design with a textured solid paper for a balanced composition.

Create Focal Points

Select a standout printed paper or a series of patterned papers that highlight the theme of your layout and serve as focal points. These can be used as backgrounds for your photos, journaling blocks, or as a striking backdrop for a title or embellishments. This technique draws the viewer's eye and conveys the story or emotion behind your photos.

Add Decorative Borders

Plain cardstock is versatile and can be used to create decorative borders that frame your layout or individual elements. Melinda has used a wide top border to break up the patterned paper and provide a place for her title.

You could also use border punches, die-cut machines, or your own creative hand-cut designs to produce decorative edges along the page. These borders can be made in coordinating colours or in contrast with the printed paper, adding an extra layer of visual appeal.

Balance with Solid Blocks

To balance the busy patterns of printed paper, consider adding solid cardstock blocks as a backdrop for journaling, titles, or embellishments. This provides clarity and readability while maintaining the overall harmony of your layout.

Experiment with Techniques

Mixing plain cardstock and printed paper allows for experimentation with various techniques, such as distressing, inking, and embossing. Create distressed edges on the printed paper to add a vintage or shabby-chic look. Ink the edges for a defined, polished appearance, or emboss parts of your layout for a raised, textured effect.

Coordinate Colours and Themes

Always keep your theme and colour scheme in mind when selecting plain cardstock and printed paper. Coordinating these elements with the theme and mood of your photos will create a cohesive and visually pleasing layout. This attention to detail can make your scrapbook pages even more meaningful and engaging.