Using Blending Modes for Background Papers

Many people often ask how I am so comfortable using patterned papers for my backgrounds.  I can tell you, it wasn’t always that way.  In fact, a while back I wrote a series that detailed my problems using patterned papers, and gave some tips on how to use them more successfully.  Since then, I’ve become more comfortable using patterned papers for backgrounds, but still struggle with making sure the pattern doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the layout.  Today, I thought I’d share with you one of the strategies I am using a lot these days to incorporate patterned papers into my backgrounds.  Plus, I did it as a screencast!

I hope that the video will give you a better idea of how I incorporate more patterned papers into my layouts.

What strategies do you have for using patterned papers as backgrounds?

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3 Responses to Using Blending Modes for Background Papers

  1. Amanda Frazier says:

    Such an awesome tutorial! I’ve used this designing, but not in an actual layout. That opens up so many more ideas for layouts now! 

  2. Rachel says:

    Such a great strategy, and layering/blending papers like this really helps increase the flexibility of kits when suddenly you have so many more options.  Thanks for this reminder, Aaron!

  3. Colleen8181 says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tip!

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