Hello again!! It’s Melissa here and I’m back today sharing a layout focussing on using a patterned paper background using the gorgeous Unforgettable collection!  For this layout I made sure I selected a paper that wasn’t white based, because lets be honest – that would easy!!  I also didn’t gravitate toward a woodgrain, which also would be easy for me! In order to not overwhelm myself, and to really focus on the paper I chose a neutral photo (without a lot of colours) and I printed it large because I adore this photo of Brielle dressed up in her bother’s stormtrooper costume. The patterned paper I used for my background is called Lacewing, and it is the B side of the gorgeous butterfly paper. I added some small splatters of water activated sparkly gold mist for a little bit of interest, but most of it got covered up!!

I backed my photo with Forget Me Not and made two triangles with a scrap of Unscripted from the 6×8 Paper Stack. Of course I had to distress all the edges of the paper! I used some leaf and flower cut files (designed by Anita for International Scrapbooking Day) that were left over from my scraplift layout. It was very satisfying to use them up on this layout!

I created two main embellishment clusters and once smaller one.  I used lots of Die Cut Ephemera, the cut file flowers and leaves, and fussy cut butterflies from Lacewing.  I always give butterflies more dimension by glueing them in the centre and popping up their wings with dimensional adhesive.  Here’s a close up look at the butterflies on my top cluster.


For my small cluster I featured a Flair Button and another fussy cut butterfly. The “love this” flair button was perfect for my photo.

I also used the some of the Accessory Sticker phrases and a label which I lifted up on some craft foam for extra stability and dimension. I wrote my journaling on a  label that I cut from Story Teller.

Two of the Foam Title Stickers were perfect for my title, and I used three of the foam hearts as embellishment around my page too. White Enamel Dots were my final touch!

I hope I’ve encouraged you to try using a patterned paper for a background.  Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections have a wonderful mix of both bold and subtle patterns, and I find that the more subtle B sides work beautifully for backgrounds.

Thanks for looking!

Melissa xx


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