Hello everyone! It’s Zinia here and today I want to share with you a layout I created using my favorite technique. This was one of the most difficult assignments I have ever had because if you know me, I really love experimenting with new ideas and techniques all the time so it’s really hard to pick one and call it a favorite, I love them all! But after thinking about it for awhile I decided to go with my latest obsession, creating custom backgrounds by collaging paper scraps.
The inspiration from this specific design came from a quilt I saw on Pinterest. It’s really a great source for design ideas. To create some guidelines on my background, I used the WeR Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board to cut a chevron template out of a scrap sheet of paper and I lightly traced the design with a pencil.
Once the guidelines were in place, I started preparing my scraps. If you are a perfectionist you can take a long time to make sure all the pieces are as even as possible or use your die-cutting machine but you really don’t have to. The final result looks pretty intricate so all the small imperfections get lost in the beauty of the pattern.
Cutting and sticking all the pieces together takes a little bit of time but it’s really worth it. Plus I find the process enjoyable and therapeutic. It’s a really nice way to get your mind off the daily struggle and get some crafty time to yourself.
To embellish this layout, I focused on small pieces. I didn’t want to add big and distracting elements since the background is the star of the show here. I added my title vertically so it blended a little bit with the design and used a relatively small photo.
To help my picture pop against the background I added some paper layers behind it. But instead of cutting into my precious pattern papers, I used some scraps from my ephemera. I really love how Pink Paislee ephemera packs include the negative space inside the frames so they won’t get damaged. Those extra pieces don’t just keep the frames safe but you can also use them as layers!
It’s a really fun technique and you can create really gorgeous and unique patterns, all you need is paper scraps and your imagination (or some inspiration from Pinterst ;P).