How to choose scrapbook papers

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thought I'd show you something a little different today... I've been using my phone while I scrapbook (no surprise to anyone that knows me!) and hope this could be helpful to someone. Sometimes I have a difficult time deciding which paper to use... so I just take pictures of my options! Then I can quickly scroll back and forth between options to see which one I like the best.

I recently made a Halloween scrapbook layout and mixed and matched papers from different collections to complete it. I gathered some embellishments and I wanted to use and then picked out 3 12x12 papers that I liked. I took pictures of all 3 and compared them before deciding which one to use.

Once I choose the background paper, I then took pictures of different options of 6x6 papers I wanted to put behind the photo.

I also used this technique when I made this layout about Harley. It took me a minute to decide exactly which papers to layer and where to place the vertical strips. I moved them around and took pictures until I found my best combination. I also cut out a couple of die cut titles for that page and took pics of those before deciding which one to use.

How do you decide which colors or papers to use?

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  1. Good idea to help decide, Emily! I choose my papers quickly, it's all the rest that takes me a while to figure out! :D

    1. Thanks, Elise! You could definitely place embellishments and take pictures to choose.

  2. This is great! I know when I take photos of my layouts then look at them, it gives me a better perspective on the completed page, and I might make changes based on that. Not sure why - maybe it's the angle, or the fact that it's a flat photo? Very cool. I also use the phone camera for laying out layers, and then remembering how to assemble them when I'm ready to glue.

    1. I totally agree. It's like looking at the layout with fresh eyes.

  3. Good way to do it and it does help to see what the layout is going to look like ahead that way :) You seen how I choose :) I grab my counterfeit kit, decide the background paper usually from a a color from the photo and then the rest fall into place by what challenge I decide to do that day :) But I have also done it this way your doing it when I want to put a few page kits together :) Good job and look forward to seeing more layouts :)


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