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Sara's Pick: Mixing Textured Papers

Designer Pick: Mixing Textured Papers By Sara Naumann

I came home from a recent trip to the Stitches & Craft show in Australia with a ton of photosand brochures, and flyers, ticket stubs, receiptsyou name it, I brought it home!

The problem? Unpacking it alland realizing that between the photos, the memorabilia and the journaling, I was in for a BIG project. Rather than feeling excited, I was overwhelmed. I wanted my photos and stories to be the focal of my album, and I wanted my pages to look good. On top of that, I also wanted to get this book done in a reasonable amount of time. (I know, I knowIm not asking for much!) What to do? Well, I let my three weeks worth of photos, brochures, ticket stubs and receipts sit in a big plastic container while I procrastinated. Then I found my solution.

It came in the form of a new book of papers: Mixing Textured Papers. To say it inspired me to scrapbook that giant pile of stuff might sound dramatic, but its true.

These papers are SO easy to work with. The paper book has 30 sheets of lightly textured papers with all-over patterns, in coordinating color sets like brown (my favorite), green and blue. The patterns are subtle, so I can do different kinds of matting and layering if I want to, or I can get lots of photos and memorabilia on a single background sheet and it wont look messy or crowded. And I know they all go togetherno more wasted time squinting at papers to see if they really match. Because theyre not themed designs, I can see them working for a zillion different kinds of projects.

The result? In three evenings of scrapbooking, Ive completed three layouts using all those photos and memorabilia. And I like the resultsin fact, Ive done one of my favorite layouts ever! Mixing Textured Papers is definitely my Designer Pick of the Month.



Mixing Textured Papers contains 30 sheets of true 12x12 paper and retails for $9.99.