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Pinfluence: Patchwork Backgrounds

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Hello everyone! It’s Gail here today to let you in on one of my favourite ways to use Pinterest to inspire my scrapbooking! I have a board ¬†where I pin interesting patterns from quilting/patchwork, linen, stationery or papercrafting designs, that could translate into pieced background designs.

Here’s my example, starting with this image:


(This is the original source)

And here’s my layout with the patchwork style background, similar to the inspiration piece!

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When “translating” a pattern to a scrapbooking layout, I usually have a practice first using normal photocopy paper to test out the correct sizing of the blocks etc. For this pattern, the rectangular blocks ended up 3″ x 1.5″. Here’s a couple of progress photos that I snapped with my phone while I was creating:




After I finalized my background and all the pieces were adhered and then edges trimmed, I got to adding my photos and accents. One tip I have is to raise your photos on pop dots to make then stand out from the background a bit. I ended up with one main grouping including my title, photos, accents and journaling.

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And a few accents in the top left corner to balance.  This way the background that I spent time piecing together was still very visible!

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This is a great technique for using up paper scraps and by using papers from the same collection, you know that they are going to coordinate already! For some of the larger patterns, I used papers from the 6″x6″ paper pad so the designs didn’t get lost.

I hope I’ve given you another idea how Pinterest can inspire you in your scrapbooking. Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest here as I’m always searching for and pinning new patterns and pieces of inspiration!

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