Photos of Scrapbook Paper

So I was bored in my office long after business hours, waiting for a customer service response one day. What else to do but take Instagrams of scrapbook paper hanging on the wall?

The above image is a small part of the design from this piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper:

Which is part of this group of papers mounted on wood panels, hanging on my office wall (see the DIY post showing how to make this):

There are an endless choice of patterns in scrapbook papers. And these photos are making me think, why not take photos of small sections of paper patterns, to make new patterns? Then if you’re really ambitious, you can also manipulate the images in Photoshop or other program. Then print them out. You have new images! Fun!

Here are more Instagrams I took of the above papers, and applied Instagram filters to some of them to make them look different. This pattern is in the center bottom in the above image. Here it is lighter:

This is just a corner of a paper:

More pattern:

If you photograph just a part of the pattern, such as the one above, and manipulate it in Photoshop, you can easily create a new look:

This could be cool if you wanted to create an Andy Warhol type effect of four different colors of a scrapbook paper you own.

I have a whole stack of papers, and will look at them with an entirely different eye now. The possibilities!

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Pin Up Girl Friday: Lessons in Mixing Patterns and Prints

As part of this year’s goal to “Be like, BAM” I want to mix patterns with bravado. So I’m exposing my eyes to wild pattern combos. When you open your eyes to all the patterns in tiles, home decor textiles, clothing, even in the carvings on furniture, and how they all mix n’ match, you realize you can be a student of the world.

I’ve set up the most fun “self-study” lesson in mixing patterns in prints, on Pinterest of course:

Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll find among the 100+ images there …

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When Designs from Around the World Collide …

… they don’t have to clash.

Pinterest lets us neatly categorize images. But sometimes those categories might make us miss some cool combos. My Pinterest feed showed three images I repinned this evening into three different Boards. So they would never be seen together. But in the feed, they did temporarily show up together, and I saw this:

They’re a bed cover, a door and tiles from different areas of the world, but they look kind of nice together.

The bed cover is antique Chinese, Qing Dynasty, and silk satin. Luxurious! See more explanation about the designs on it at mirabile visu tumblr:

The old door is in Biot, France. Found on tumblr where it’s attributed to Hole in One:

And the tiles in this beautifully-simple shower — I don’t know where this shower is, but the tiles don’t look Chinese, and French design isn’t my forte, maybe Moroccan?

Imagine all these elements together in an Old World master bedroom/bathroom suite (including some stone!). Don’t be afraid to mix designs and patterns from different worlds!

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