Organic Background Techniques – Paperclippping 201

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Is the changing of the season and weather having an impact in your page designs?

Are you more aware of nature lately?

I know I am, and it’s manifesting in my scrapbooking.

Every day this month I’m blown away by our stunning cloudy skies. And for the last two pages I’ve made, I’ve turned to my folder of soft organic patterned paper for my backgrounds, looking for blues and greens.

Both times I found I don’t have any.

Guess why?

The scrapbook industry has been all about the geometrics lately; chevron, especially. But even the “natural” patterns have strong lines and angles: herringbone and honeycomb. Our patterned papers with clouds look like graphic computer generated modern structures instead of natural organic puffs.

I’m not complaining. I love them too.

But what do we do when our story is about something softer, peaceful…more natural?

This is a great time to break out your inks and sprays, stains, and paints.

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These technique-oriented products are great for making backgrounds that are organic. Things that are organic and found in nature tend to have these characteristics:

  • curvy or with undefined blended edges
  • layered
  • squishy
  • moving
  • changing
  • adapting

You could describe most techniques and their results the same way. Why not let this month’s change in the weather inspire your scrapbooking? Pull out the ink and sprays!

Shine On,

P.S.> I combined 7 different techniques to make a nature background for my most recent page. I am in love with all the layering, the movement, and the balance of quieter energy. I love it so much I decided to show you how to do it! With all the different techniques I share in this week’s video you’ll find you can adapt them to lots of different stories and supplies.

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  • What a gorgeous background you’ve created Noell! I love that you’ve combined the feel of clouds and leaves … all in one stunning, page. LUV!

  • Thank you!

  • Geralyn

    The soft background you made for this page is stunning and compliments the photo so nicely. I really like the bolder green leaves that come down from the top of the page almost pointing to the photo, beautiful layout Noell.

  • Yes — that branch of leaves was an intentional line to lead the eye — absolutely a great example of what I love about the “game” of design! Thanks for noticing. :)

  • Krystal

    This is definitely one of my favorite
    episodes. I love all of the simple, yet fun techniques. THANKS.

  • So love this! I loved seeing this along with listening to the podcast on mixed media. Thank you!