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Reworking Backgrounds

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Hello everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying this new week!  It is time for a new tutorial, and this time i wanted to show a way to rework those layouts we some-and/or-many times we end up not loving after they are completely finished.

This is the original layout i had created for this tutorial, i wanted to show you a quick and easy mixed media background, but i think i got carried away, and ended up not loving the finished product.  So i set it aside for a while, and played with a few ideas, but i knew that it was not up to my liking, so i decided to rework it.  So please enjoy the following video that will show you how this layout yielded two new layouts:





How about those layouts!!  Let me just give you  a bit more information on what i created with that salvage layout.


This new layout is similar to the original one created.   The major difference is all that extra gold stenciling that run diagonally across the opposite side of the picture.



This layout has a more refined background, and all the elements of the previous page (i kept them all as they were featured in the first page).  With this simpler design, the picture is the focus of the page, and all the embellishments (all from Pebbles’ Patio Party Collection) shine without being overtaken by the background.  Now onto the next page:



This layout features the background of the original page.  The choice to cut circles out of the original lbackground takes away the busy pattern that all that extra stenciling created on the page.



A bit of a watercolor brings a new clean canvas for all those background circles.  Due to the bold pattern of the circles, just a few of them are enough to complete the page, and add dimension to the layout at the same time.



To balance the bold pattern in the circle, the rest of the layout’s embellishments were kept simple, so that the picture becomes the focus of the page.

I am sure some of you might think that reworking a background into other pages might be a bit of a stretch, and i completely understand.  But  this might serve as inspiration to create your own patterned paper (so you could create shapes out of it), or to try a simple mixed media background.    It is completely up to you!

As always please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I would love to help you, it at all possible.  Remember to stop by Scrapbook Nerd  to check all the materials used in this page.


Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com


Patio Party collection and embellishments – Pebbles

Vicki Boutin Art Crayons,  gesso,  ephemera, rub on, glitter word, gold and iridiscente glaze,

Pebbles_ NIght Night word foam thickers.

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