Hi, Kathy Adams here today. When I get around to scrapbooking, instead of spending hours rifling through my stacks to find the exact patterns I need to match my photos, I’d rather create my own. By using the 12″ x 12″ size Gel Press® Plate, I can customize a set of patterned paper to create a truly unique scrapbook layout for that very special photo.

Create custom patterned paper using 12" x 12" Gel Press® Plate

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

To make the patterned paper I used some obvious mark-making tools, like stencils and stamps, but included denim fabric (my new favorite!) and corrugated cardboard which created unique effects.

See how Kathy makes her own patterned paper using 12" x 12" Gel Press® Plate.

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Watch the video below to my story about scrapbooking and to see how I created this layout.

http://https://youtu.be/eBUDZqFt9O4

Here are more detail shots of the layout.

Mixing Patterns with Gel Press®

Shell Detail

Mixing patterns with Gel Press®

Shell Detail

Mixing patterns with Gel Press®

Scrapbook Layout

Mixing patterns with Gel Press®

Scrapbook Layout

Things to remember about creating your own patterned paper:

  • Vary the size and shape of the patterns. In my layout, I used the overall denim pattern for adding texture then combined the small lines, medium coral , nd large shells.
  • Limit the color palette to three or less.  Use different shades of each color to add depth and interest.  I used tone-on-tone colors when creating my paper to “quiet the chaos”.
  • Add texture with distressed or inked edges, book pages, fabric or ribbon.
  • Add contrast to make the photo pop.  Mat lighter photos on darker paper, etc.

I have an idea for all of that scrapbook paper you’re hoarding.  How about printing on them with the 12″ x 12″ Gel Press® Plate? We’d love to see your creations on our Facebook group, Gel Press Junkies.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Kathy Adams

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