Mad March Memories Blog Hop

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my blog today… If you made it here from Erica’s as part of the Mad March Memories Blog Hop, you’re in the right spot.

If you stumbled directly onto my blog you are in for a treat, but you’ll want to stop now and jump right over to check out what Liz Jutila has to say on the Design House Digital blog. She’ll let you know exactly what you need to do to be entered into a drawing for a Wacom Bamboo tablet, plus how to get this amazing collab kit:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? That’s 42 papers, and 44 elements, and you can get it FREE. (Seriously… go read what Liz has to say!)

I’m super excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite things to do in digital scrapbooking: How to mix patterns in your digital layouts.

As a predominantly “paper” style scrapper, I love to recreate the look of layers and layers of patterned paper. It’s something that can be very intimidating to some people, so I’m going to share a few tricks I’ve learned. I’ll tell you which rules to break, which ones you can bend, and which ones you need to follow, and hopefully we’ll have some fun along the way.

Rule #1: Don’t mix more than 3 patterns. BREAK IT.

I’m not saying you have to use more than three, but don’t let any number be your standard: I used 17 different patterned papers here. SEVENTEEN. But, by keeping them in very small doses, and in similarly sized strips, they don’t compete with each other or overwhelm the photo.

Rule #2: Choose one base color, and make sure it is in all of your patterns. BEND IT.

I’m not going to lie, this one can be a good rule to follow, and an easy one. Each of the five patterned papers has pink in it, so they all go together. Working out of the same kit ensures that they will coordinate, and it takes the guesswork out of it. But, if you’re ready to take it to the next level…

Why not try mixing patterns and colors that don’t match? With this layout, I used multiple patterned papers with no colors in common. The eclectic mix gives it a fun and fresh vibe, but it’s kept grounded by a central design and neutral background.

Rule #3: Some patterns are solids. FOLLOW IT.

The background paper here is actually patterned. Yep… not a single solid paper was used on this layout. It’s neutral, not because of the color (although grey is obviously a neutral) but because of the very slight tonal pattern that reads as a solid.

Rule #4: Only use one multicolored pattern at a time. BREAK IT.

Yeah, I’m all up in this rule’s face. Using multiple patterned papers, with lots of different colors in them is just plain fun. How to make sure it jives? Work out of one kit. All of the patterned papers (except the neutral ledger) are from the same kit, so the colors are spot on. It can be tricky to mix strong multicolored patterns, and there’s no shame in taking the easy way!

Rule #5: Mix together a large prints, a small print, and a solid print. FOLLOW IT.

This is pretty much a way to always guarantee your patterns will work together, because they will always have enough variety to make it interesting. Wanna know something tricky, though? I’m also following #3 here, and my “solid” paper is actually the pink polka dot strip. That’s right.

Rule #6: Pair linear patterns with floral patterns. BEND IT.

While I love a good floral print, this is not a cut-and-dried rule. Here, I’ve put three very graphic prints together: the plaid, the polka dot, and the gingham from the bow. I’ve balanced out the strong lines with the scalloped paper edge and rounded label, so it still works!

Rule #7: Use shades and tints, instead of matching exactly. FOLLOW IT.

If you’re hesitant in any way about mixing patterns, this is the way to start out. It doesn’t matter how many different patterns I use because they are all in the same color family, and it allows me to play with another pattern… the stitched circle background!

Rule #8: Give your eyes a break. FOLLOW IT.

I think this is by far the most important rule there is… follow this, and you can’t really go wrong. Let’s do a quick check of our rules again, and see how this layout fares:

  1. 13 patterns total… definitely bent that rule.
  2. Nope, no base color in every pattern.
  3. Yep, the grey stripe is my neutral.
  4. 3 multicolored patterns!
  5. Large + small + solid: Yes.
  6. Linear and floral… check.
  7. Shades and tints of every color on there!

But, even with all that going on, I’ve left plenty of white space so it’s not visually jarring. It works.

One last thing I’d like to share about mixing patterns… it’s so freeing! As digital scrapbookers, we sometimes get caught up in kit scrapping. Designers are so great at giving us everything we need in one tidy folder, that we might not even venture out of it. If you can learn to look at all of your supplies, and mix and match no matter the designer, or store, or even style, you will truly be maximizing your supplies! And isn’t that one of the best things about digital, anyway?

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my blog today! Feel free to browse around, and if you’ve been following me you might want to update your links… I’ve moved, you see. πŸ™‚ Before you venture on to the next blog on the list, I’ve got two more things to share with you.

First, I’ve got my own contest for you: Comment here, and I’ll put your name in a drawing for a guest spot on my Creative Team. You’ll get all of the kits I release in March, April, May, and June for free! FA-REE! Share this blog post (through Facebook, your blog, or Twitter) and “Like” my page on Facebook for even more chances… just leave an additional comment for each one here with a link, please. Contest ends Wednesday, Mar 14 at 11:59 PM MST.

Secondly, you can win a spot in Tiffany Tillman’s upcoming class, It’s Elemental. Check out all the details on the Renee Pearson blog.

Now, scurry along to Jen Allyson’s blog and see what she’s got to share with you. Don’t forget to take your secret letter… it’s

Like the supplies I used on my layouts? Click on the images for credits.

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163 thoughts on “Mad March Memories Blog Hop

  1. Mendie says:

    Thank you! I love your kits!

  2. Meagan says:

    Thanks for tut Gennifer. I have such a hard time with mixing patterns!

  3. Meagan says:

    I already have “liked” your facebook page! πŸ™‚

  4. LOVED all your layouts, Gennifer! And REALLY LOVE DHD blog hops!

  5. mvhardjanto says:

    Love your layouts! I especially love the first one with tons of patterned papers. Hope it’s okay that I pinned your LOs. What a great post! πŸ™‚

  6. Linda Hagerty says:

    Loving the tips! And your prizes are AWESOME!!! Thanks for the Hop.

  7. Sarah says:

    Love using patterns too! Thanks for the great post and contest!

  8. Tammy Davis says:

    These are beautiful layouts! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  9. Tammy Davis says:

    I am following you on facebook (tlcd1961) I don’t know how to show it!

  10. Tammy Davis says:

    I think I am also following you on Twitter (tlcd1961) (still fairly new to twitter).

  11. anna says:

    WOW – I would love to get that guest spot on your Creative Team.

  12. anna says:

    I shared on Facebook!

  13. anna says:

    I friended you on facebook

  14. Stephanie says:

    Lots of great advice on pattern paper. Thanks!

  15. Denise L. says:

    These tips and layouts are fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. beatrice says:

    liked you on facebook. WordPress certainly makes it easy.

  17. Teri Owens says:

    Your pages are drool worthy!! Thanks for the tips!

  18. Teri Owens says:

    I am now following you on Twitter

  19. Teri Owens says:

    I also liked you on facebook!

  20. jennybean says:

    Thank you for sharing your tricks!!

  21. Emma O. says:

    Your layouts are beautiful and thank you for these tips! It’s good to break some of them!

  22. Sarah C. says:

    Enjoyed the rules! Thanks for a chance to win a spot on your Creative Team and for the fun collab freebie – waiting on the kit to download so I can play! πŸ™‚

  23. Sarah C. says:

    Liked on Facebook – Sarah Coggins

  24. Staci G. says:

    A spot on your Creative Team would be a dream. Your layouts are such an inspiration.

  25. Staci G. says:

    I “Like” you on Facebook.

  26. Staci G. says:

    Posted about this blog post on Facebook –

  27. JenRay says:

    Beautiful pages – thanks for the “rules” lesson!

  28. Melissa Rhodes says:

    Too cool! love how you broke the rules!

  29. Wow! What a great opportunity!! I love your pages-some of the best digi pages I have seen!

  30. I tweeted:

  31. Rachel Piper says:

    Love people who like to break the rules!!

  32. rsheedy says:

    I love your style! You are amazingly talented. I’d love to know what font you used in your blog header, for the subtitle?

  33. Melanie Call says:

    I loved all of your layouts…fabulous designs!

  34. Jan in Alberta says:

    It seems that I’ve already been unconsciously following many of your rules already! Makes me feel pretty good…

  35. lizanne says:

    Wow, all those pages looked AMAZING… I’m in awe (seriously). Those tips sound great….if only I remember them! (sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the stuff I’m trying to learn – my software & how to digiscrap – so my retention is not very high these days) Anyhow, thank you so much for the chance to win your contest.

  36. treasureBachs says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

  37. treasureBachs says:

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  38. Janet R says:

    Great tips! Thanks! I’m following your blog & liked you on Facebook.

  39. Liz says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I, too, have been following your rules, too!

  40. MamaBug says:

    FABULOUS pattern paper tutorial, Gen!

  41. MamaBug says:

    I’ve have “Liked” your Facebook page for a long time now. πŸ™‚

  42. MamaBug says:

    I updated my status with your blog link, which I probably would have done without the give away anyway because the patterned paper lesson is just way too cool not to share.

  43. Sabrina says:

    I just LOVE your style and your products!! I will pinning this article! Thank you for the wonderful information especially since I am new to digital!

  44. Janneke says:

    Wow! Thank you for writing this article. I totally needed this and I am bookmarking it! I needed some extra tips on how to use patterned papers and I feel like you’ve given me some great direction. And THANKS for a chance to win a spot on your CT or the Tiffany Tillman class. Holy AWESOMENESS!!!!! Wowee. πŸ™‚

  45. Janneke says:

    I requested you as a friend on Facebook. πŸ™‚ I hope that’s what you meant by your page.

  46. Lory78 says:

    Thank you so much to everything! Love what you do

  47. Judy in SD says:

    Enjoyed reading your rules and learning when to break them. Thanks for this chance to be a guest on your team.

  48. Amber says:

    Thanks so much for the tips and the freebie!

  49. corrin says:

    I thought this was great! I loved how well each example supported your tips, and they were great tips! thanks

  50. Janka says:

    Wow! Thanks for the chance. Great blog hop giveaways πŸ™‚

  51. Wencke says:

    Thanks, I love the examples you gave with the tutorial!

  52. lawyerlyn says:

    thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!

  53. Cat says:

    really great tips! i’m pinning this post πŸ™‚

  54. Sharon Dale says:

    I just love your tips Gennifer and I sure do love mixing up colours and patterns in my pages!

  55. Sharon Dale says:

    Shared this post on my Facebook Timeline – πŸ™‚

  56. Emma says:

    Awesome tips Gennifer thank you so much for sharing them.

  57. Andrea Boyer says:

    What an amazing prize to win! Your blog is incredible. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  58. Andrea Boyer says:

    Liked you on FB also. Same linky

  59. Kelly T. says:

    Some great tips! Thanks.

  60. Kelly T. says:

    I liked your fb!

  61. Kelly T. says:

    I can’t get the link for my share on FB to post!! I really did it πŸ˜‰

  62. Demetria says:

    wow… what a great set of breaking the rules TIPS… awesome… thanks for sharing the inspirations… and the chance


  63. Demetria says:

    Fb’d it:

  64. Demetria says:

    Luvin your facebook page!!!

    Thanks for the chance!

  65. Demetria says:

    Tweeted it:

    Thanks for the chance

  66. flowersgal says:

    Thanks for the tips — very helpful — and the layouts are great.

  67. Wow! A lot of info to absorb, I love it!!!

    I know I am soooo hoping to win a spot in Tiff’s class, that would make my year!!!!


  68. Alice J. says:

    Thanks for the great tips on using pattern papers. I would love to guest CT for you.

  69. Colleen E says:

    Thanks for all your tips!

  70. Jan says:

    Great tips for patterned paper.

  71. Great tips, Gen! πŸ™‚ And I would loooooooove to win a spot on your creative team … what a fantastic prize!

  72. I already follow you on Facebook!

  73. Betsy says:

    I really like your take on how to mix patterns, etc. Thanks!

  74. Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    awesome post, going to have to bookmark, will be great to go back too πŸ™‚

  75. Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    Shared on fb!

  76. Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    tweeted πŸ™‚

  77. Bobbie (aka claysmom) says:

    and liked you on fb, thanks

  78. Pitty Pat says:

    Fun, fun, fun. Great tuts…

  79. emelyn says:

    Your layouts are amazing, so inspirational!! I could spend all day on your blog πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much!!

  80. Lori says:

    thanks for all the great tips!!

  81. Alanna says:

    Oooh! Yes please!!

  82. Alanna says:

    … and I “liked” you on facebook ages ago!

  83. Else says:

    Love your rules. They are so ‘free and open’ Anyone can have fun with them

  84. Debi Schroder says:

    Great set of rules but I didn’t know there were rules? LOL

  85. Nicole Gray says:

    Not really a rule breaker by trade but I can try :).

  86. Lynn says:

    I break, bend, and follow like you! πŸ™‚ Just didn’t know how to explain it!

  87. Awesome tutorial. I love to use patterned paper but can never seem to put them together. Hopefully this will help! Thanks so much.

  88. I also shared this post on FB.

  89. And because I don’t want to forget where I saw this great tut, I am pinning it.

  90. Audrey says:

    Thanks for the tip! Luv your stuff!

  91. Rosalie says:

    Cool reminders about patterned paper. Thanks

  92. Melissa L. says:

    Such great tips – I love breaking (and bending) the rules! πŸ™‚

  93. Thanks for the great tips and a chance to win. Love this blog hop.

  94. bethany says:

    what a great opportunity and prize, I want it!

  95. bethany says:

    and I liked your facebook (once my facebook started working–it couldn’t find you)

  96. Liked your page on Facebook

  97. Mary M says:

    Awesome prize. Love your kits. Thanks for the chance.

  98. Cathy says:

    Thank you for the tutorial.

  99. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the pattern paper “rules”. I can always use a refresher to get me out of a rut.

  100. Just found you on Facebook and “liked” you

  101. Kay S. says:

    Thank you for the patterned paper tips. I posted on Facebook and I think I “liked” you. The options were to “friend” you or “subscribe”. I chose subscribe.

  102. LinhC says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  103. Crissy says:

    Thanks for the tips. I really need the help. I look forward to following you and having the opportunity to learn more from you. Thanks.

  104. grannymike says:

    Thanks so much for all the great scrapping ideas and hints. I would love to win a seat in Tiffany’s class. I am neither a prolific scrapper or a good enough scrapper to have the guest spot, however. I wish I were. : )

  105. grannymike says:

    I have also subscribed to your facebook. Thanks again.

  106. Paula Bagwell says:

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the awesome design tips you’ve posted. I’ve just started digital, and I’ll try to put them to good use.

    p.s. Please don’t enter me in the drawing for the guest spot on your Creative Team… I’m not anywhere near ready for that… still trying to figure out Photoshop, lol πŸ™‚

  107. Justine says:

    thanks for the tips – amazing pages and advice & your letter

  108. T says:

    Thanks so much for these great tips! I have a better idea now of why I love some layouts and others just don’t seem to work. πŸ™‚

  109. Dawn says:

    Fabulous pages – thanks for all the tips! Liked you on facebook too Thanks for the chance to win!

  110. thecoxfam says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. I can’t wait to try some new ideas!

  111. Amy N says:

    Love the rules to follow, break & bend.

  112. Claudia says:

    Thanks so much for the tips! And for the fabulous giveaway! What a dream to be able to be a guest on your creative team!

  113. Claudia says:

    I “liked” your page on Facebook. Thanks again for the chance to win a guest spot on your creative team!

  114. melt003 says:

    Thanks for the tips! πŸ˜€

  115. melt003 says:

    I already like you on fb.

  116. alicia king says:

    thanks! love your layouts!

  117. alicia king says:

    i tweeted!

  118. tape says:

    Great advice and I love your layouts! ❀

  119. pinned one of your layouts, love your style!! thanks for all the tips!

  120. i just liked your page on Facebook!

  121. Thanks for the tips! I hope I could remember them all πŸ™‚

  122. Trish says:

    Love your style so have your tips handy will be something I will go to often. Thank you.

  123. yanina says:

    Thank you for your tips!

  124. Nancy Wyatt says:

    What an awesome post and love all your tips! Thanks for putting these down for us! Love your work and I already like your page πŸ™‚ Hugs from Conroe, TX

  125. Ronna says:

    Some rules are just made to be broken…and it looks like you have so much fun doing it too! Thanks for giving us the tip “license” to break the scrapbooking rules…and the tools to do it right!! I am inspired by your refreshing layouts. Thank you so much!

  126. Great tutorial and wonderful LO’s!

  127. Soco says:

    Wow! I loved your post and I love your pages! I love using patterned papers too and I’m happy to see I’m already applying some of your ideas on my LOs! Thank you very much!

  128. Tiffany says:

    Wow, great layouts and thanks for the chance to win.

  129. Heather D. says:

    Thank you for the tips πŸ™‚

  130. mischalaneous says:

    THANKS for the great tutorial. BTW, I LOVED your layout “What Does She Know?” That’s an awesome way of journaling.

    Thanks also for the chance to win. You designers are so awesome at DHD!

  131. mischalaneous says:

    I shared on FACEBOOK about your contest to be a guest CT. Here’s the linky:!/mischalaney

    THANKS again!!!

  132. Thanks for the great post and contest! Really good tips for beginners as me πŸ™‚
    Shared on Facebook also πŸ™‚

  133. Lindzie H says:

    I love your stuff. Thanks for sharing your tips. Hope I can follow them!

  134. Tiffani says:

    Love those layouts! Thanks!

  135. Arielle says:

    Love the “rules”! And all your beautiful pages! I also posted this to FB!

  136. Connie Cook says:

    I love your kits. I think someone will be really happy to get a Guest spot on your Creative Team.

  137. Shay says:

    Thank you for all that great information! I love your work.

  138. Lime says:

    Hi!!!! I loved your post and the example LOs were just out of this world! I wondered where I could find the credits for them? I’m going to check the Gennifer Gallery at DHD and hopefully they will be there, but really, they are all just FANTASTIC and I want to scraplift them all!!! Have a great rest of the month!

  139. Your layouts are great and I love this tutorial! I dont understand what you mean when you say a “solid” pattern though. What does that mean?

    • Hey, Jennifer! When I say “solid” pattern, I mean that while technically it’s a pattern, it’s a very very subtle one that at first glance appears to be a solid. It gives one block of color, instead of multiple ones. Does that make sense?

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