Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What to do with busy backgrounds

Fiskars Quilt Block of the Month #10

Busy...busy...busy...and what??!!
We are just entering the "busy season"?
I've been in the busy season for awhile.
So, I've decided, "why not just embrace the "busy" and create "busy" layouts?"

Fiskars Quilt Block of the Month #9

I'm catching up on my Quilt Blocks of the Month with Smitha Katti over at the Fiskars site. While quilt blocks are great for piecing together fabulous backgrounds, using patterned paper can get them looking a little "busy". My solution? Keep the embellishments to a minimum. With these colorful pieced background blocks, I don't want my photos to get lost. After all, we wouldn't be scrapbooking if we didn't have photos, right?

Fiskars Quilt Block of the Month #8

On these pages, I used solids (but textured) lettering for the titles. The solid colors are necessary so the title doesn't get lost on the page. But, with a bit of dimension, (stencil/negative space on the first layout, burlap textured letters on the middle layout, and glitter-embossed letters on the bottom) I can still play with embellishing but balance it with the background.

So, feeling busy?
Embrace it.


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