Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gobble Up Challenge

So. . .

Ah, yeah . . .

[crickets. . .or since it's morning. . .chirping birds]

I'm thinking I should set a time limit on how long I stare at a blank screen before I just post the challenge.  15 minutes?  30?  I mean how long should it take for something coherent to come to mind?  Something pithy.  Something remotely entertaining.

Apparently, today, it's gonna be longer than 30 minutes.

Today's challenge is to mix up, and use, some of that patterned paper.  Sometimes, mixing a sheet or two of older papers with new papers freshens it up and moves the creativity along.  So, with that in mind I headed to Pinterest to search for a fall layout with a decent mix of patterns.  This one, using . . . ta-da . . . the Imaginisce line found in the Smaller than a Breadbox kit this month . . .mixes quite a few papers.  

The key to using a good mix of patterns is to mix up your scale (a sheet or two of small patterns mixed with lesser amounts of larger patterns) and photos that have simple colors and aren't shot from too far away.  Too many colors compete with the papers and shots taken farther away tend to look too busy for the paper and the details in the photos are lost.  Matting your photos will also help them pop from the page, as will grouping the photos together to give them more weight on the page.

Share your link in the comments and earn an entry into the November drawing.  This week, I'll also toss out a goody to anyone who completes two of this week's challenges.

Happy Thursday,

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