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What Is Scrapbooking Patterned Paper Used For?
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  • Writer's pictureLily Bell

What Is Scrapbooking Patterned Paper Used For?

Updated: Apr 14


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Find out what variety of uses scrapbook patterned papers are for. And how to snatch a printable freebie I designed on 8 1/2" x 11" patterned papers on my blog.


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In the creative industry, you might have heard of scrapbooking. No doubt it painted a picture in your head as papers, colors, colorful paper, glitter, Cricut, cardstock, embellishment, glue together, album, and so on. But what is scrapbooking?



Scrapbooking is a creative hobby that involves preserving and documenting memories in a visually appealing way. It involves taking blank pages and adding photos, memorabilia, journaling, and embellishments to create a book, box, or card.

How is patterned paper used in scrapbooking and what is its importance?


Read on to find out more about the uses of patterned paper in scrapbooking.


Understanding How Scrapbook Patterned Papers are Used


To better understand what scrapbook patterned papers are, we are going to look into the definition of it.

Scrapbook patterns are any kind of repeating element that you include in your scrapbooking layout. This could be printed on the cardstock or paper itself (patterned paper), made with different plain colored papers, created with washi tape, stamps, hand-drawn, or even stenciled.

-Scrapbooking coach



And guess what, there are types of patterned papers available. So you are not pressed on a single one. There's variety! Echoing the definition above and explaining it further on types of paper available there are printed designs, textured patterns, and specialty papers (e.g., vellum, foiled paper, shimmer, glitter).


The popular sizes of scrapbooking papers are 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". You can easily find it in most online and local craft stores in your area.


Role of Patterned Paper in Scrapbooking



We are going to discuss how patterned papers can enhance, and create, and what is used of scrapbooking paper for journals and texts.


In this way, we can know the options for using scrapbooking patterned paper for design ideas.


  • Enhancing aesthetics- this role of scrapbook paper is very widely used if you are a scrapbooker with expertise and an eye for art and design. It sparks your inner creative scrapbooking techniques when you are working on a project. It isn't just putting together pieces of colorful printed patterned paper, but you can create a whole another level in your design if you keep an eye on making scrapbooking papers enhance the aesthetics.



  • Creating layers and dimensions- there are ways you can use scrapbook paper to design backgrounds and borders. Also, you can bring out the layers and make a photo stand out with photo mats and frames on the scrapbook layout using patterned paper.

  • Journaling and text elements- I love this role of scrapbook paper. Layering it with another vellum scrapbook paper design on top that has text elements makes it all unique.


Vellum see through scrapbook paper with text and vintage graphics


Techniques for Using Scrapbook Patterned Paper


You name it there are plenty of creative scrapbooking techniques. From paper piecing and layering, fussy cutting for precision, mixing and matching patterns, and creating custom embellishments.


Try some of these forms techniques and see for yourself how you lost track of time and at the same time beautify your projects to a pro level.


These techniques take practice if you are a beginner in scrapbooking but in the future, you can be a pro. It will show on your projects as time progresses.


Tips for Choosing the Right Patterned Paper



In choosing the right scrapbook paper, you may want to consider the theme of the scrapbook.


Planning out the coordinating colors and patterns will lead you to succeed in the outcome you envision. Just like having paint chips on canvassing the colors for the wall you want to paint. Sort out from your materials what paper packs to choose from and if you want to mix two coordinating themes from two paper packs close to each other's design or color scheme. With embellishments that have a similar style.


You may want to also factor in photo styles and sizes. Since the photos in your scrapbooking album are the focal point, you may want to factor in the scene of the photo and how it will look on your layouts.


Maybe if it has snow, you can gravitate to scrapbooking papers that have blues, whites, and grays. With a pop of color once in a while like green or even blue. I mean use imagination to cater to the vision you have in hindsight as per your experience in using color theory. You got this!



DIY Ideas and Inspirations


I for one am a fan of scrapbooking paper. Even so, I design my own. Sometimes digitally hand drawn using a HUION tablet or through AI-generated images. I use both techniques.


I have tutorials for inspiration on my YouTube channel on anything about design and making mini albums, making full-size albums with binding, and ideas on how to make signatures all with the use of scrapbooking paper ideas, even greeting cards, and card embellishing.


Vellum see through scrapbook paper with text and vintage graphics

We discuss the roles of patterned paper in scrapbooking, how to make better use of techniques such as paper piecing and layering, fussy cutting for precision, and mixing and matching patterns. And you can find inspiration on my YouTube channel for other things you may want to look for in using scrapbook papers.



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