bucket list: Mixing Patterns

20 Mar

I’m not going to lie, I feel like I wimped out on this one so I might tackle this again.  When I say “mixing patterns”, I really mean “MIXING PATTERNS”.  I’m talking about bold, colorful, crazy patterns where, for a fleeting moment, you’re not really sure if they go together, but you think, “someone put them together, so it must work, right?”  And the more you look at it, you realize you really love what they did.  Let me show you some beautiful examples I’ve collected:

“Girl Time” by Nicole Samuels

“I am so blessed” by Melissa Mann

this layout by Nayda Rocha

this gem of a card by Maureen

both of these cards made by Teri

Now, I know there are “rules” to make this technique more doable and pleasing to the eye, but I haven’t taken the time to try it before today.  Here are both of my very own examples:

This is a mix of October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Dear Lizzy, and Lawn Fawn.  I call it “Shabby Chic on the Farm” style.  <–totally pulled that out of my you-know-where.

The card was just so I could dip my toe in the water.  I’ve learned that the reason I like cards is that the pressure is off.  You send it to someone, and chances are, they throw it away.  (Perfectly fine by me, as long as they appreciated the sentiment.)  With a layout, the pressure is on to make it something awesome because chances are its not going away unless you lose it.  (This is a silly idea that I’m trying to leave behind…I think I need therapy.)  I did sort of “cheat” and use coordinating papers from the same line, but I also added a napkin.  A napkin, people.  (<–using my “garbage”)

This uses mostly Heidi Swapp’s new collection “Sugar Chic” but also some Dear Lizzy.  Another side note: I actually used one of the awesome make-n-takes I’ve collected from Archivers!  The fun little flip-book that houses the pictures is what I made in-store last week.  It happened to be perfect because I included the photos in order of my birthday candles being blown out (by me and my uber-adorable cousins).

Happy Belated Birthday to me!  And yay for using my stuff that usually just sits around looking pretty!!!


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