Mosaic Moments Pairing Patterns
Someone’s in the Kitchen with Auntie
featuring: The Arch Tile and Tab Die Set and Violet Grid Paper
The Violet Mosaic Moments Grid is our feature this week along with the Arch Tile and Tab Die set. The vibrant Violet is a perfect backdrop for a selection of pastels and bright spring colors. Now let’s see which patterns in the Pattern Gallery will pair together in this week’s Pattern Pairing Post.
When taking the photos of Cecily and Hannah in the kitchen I had a pre-planned color scheme and papers to put this together. No matter how I tried it just wouldn’t come together. So all that was scrapped and a new direction was decided. The pretty prints Tami has introduced with the new spring kits with papers from Doodlebug Designs caught my eye and I was inspired! Cardstock solids to match completed my preparations. Now the decisions needed to begin…what patterns would work for my photos and my dies?
The Arch Die is a 2×3 block and the Tab Die is 1” wide and less than 3 blocks long. These are key elements I’m looking for in my patterns. I also had a good selection of horizontal and vertical photos and several that I could crop to a square.
The first pattern to fit the bill was Pattern #272 there was a place for the Arch and three spots for the tab. Initially I chose Pattern #211 to work with because of the three horizontal photo spots, but I soon found out I was going to need more spaces for the photos I’d selected and I’d have to sacrifice a larger size for quantity.
The next pattern to try pairing up with #272 is Pattern #316. This pattern has several squares to match the size of square in #272. Additional 4×5 blocks and a 3×4 keep a variety of sizes making it eye appealing. Problem is that vertical row of squares on the left side of Pattern #316 feels like a roadblock to me. It makes a nice outside border for a left hand page, and as I have a plan for the left hand page, this won’t work.
I then decide to try to pair another pattern entirely with #211 and #179. This time I’ve given up the chance to use the 1” tab die for a good mix of photo sizes and directions. This pair I’ll think about for a while.
The final pattern combination I considered was going back to my first choice, Pattern #272 and this time the mirror image of Pattern #316. Putting the column of squares to the outside creates a border to the right with Pattern #272’s column of strips and squares for a left hand border. I now have a center area for a variety of photos using almost entirely Die Set C for horizontal and vertical blocks. The spaces for the arch tile die sit side by side and work to my advantage for a journaling idea. This is the combo of my choice.
With Patterns in hand it’s time to start filling them in. Cecily’s outfit is going to guide me in color choices and the stripe paper from the Doodlebug Design Easter Express collection will get me started. Teal, Aqua, Pink, Orange, Lime and Yellow cardstocks and floral, stripe and pink Doodlebug Design pattern paper serve as mats for the photos.
The large 5×6 block on page one is my lead photo. I’ve added a strip of pattern paper along the side to fill the block, and then I decided to add her name along the edge using Doodlebug chipboard letters.
My title is placed within three of the tab tile sections and mounted along the left side. I printed the title on a 4×6 and then cut using the tab die. I mounted each on full 1×3 strips. I’ll continue to repeat this combo of colors in the strips and squares on both pages to keep them connected.
I had many photos from this little cooking lesson with Auntie Hannah and it was hard to whittle them down to a select few. I didn’t want to get them too small but actually have them large enough to see her expressions and actions to enjoy. By varying the sizes I can emphasize some over others and cluster some of them together keeping the timeline on the order of events as I look left to right.
The arch tile die for this layout will frame out the journaling on the pages and this time I begin a thought on page one and finish on page two as they sit side by side. The Arch Die is a nice die to use to highlight your journaling as well as your photos. I hope you’ll find many ways to incorporate it into your pages.
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