Wednesday

Mixing patterned papers with Ashley Horton!




My guest today is the fabulous Ashley Horton of Ashley Horton Designs. If you love the look of patterned papers but have no idea how to use them, then Ashley is your go-to girl. Her layouts are a combination of patterns, colours and textures laid out in the most pleasing ways. Even though there are lots of eye-candy on her projects to drool over, I love that her pages stay relatively bulk-free. She shares her approach to mixing patterned papers and is hosting a challenge with an awesome prize for a lucky player! :)


Let's check out some of Ashley's fave layouts....
Yvonne_Yam's Ashley Horton Gallery album on Photobucket



My name is Ashley Horton and I live in the Southern US, with my husband Tyler and our three kids ages 7, 5, and 4.  I've been Scrapbooking for over 7 years, and I love documenting the antics of my children on my layouts.  I have had the privilege of serving on several Design Teams over the years.  I have been published in Creating Keepsakes magazine, Scrapbook Trends Magazine, Life.Paper.Scrapbook magazine, and Scrapbook News & Review magazine.  I describe my style, as Cutesy Eclectic and I enjoy using a mix of products and techniques on my layouts.  Other than Scrapbooking, I enjoy cooking, reading, spending time with family, and watching movies with my hubby.



One of my most favorite techniques, is mixing patterned papers and colors.  I am definitely a patterned paper addict and 9 out of 10 layouts, are usually all patterned paper.  If you find this technique a little intimidating, here are a few tips for putting your patterns and colors together.

1.  The first tip for putting together patterns and colors is, use a Collection!  Working with a collection is a perfect way to dive into this technique, because the patterns and colors are specifically paired to go together.  For example, I used the Maggie Holmes collection from Crate Paper for my Cute New Do layout and used these patterns:




2.  Here is a second option for working with patterns and colors, that also ties into the papers I chose for this layout.  Use the Ounce, Pint, Quart, Gallon method.  That may sound complicated, but it's really easy.  When you are choosing your patterns and colors, decide which pattern/color you want to use the biggest "amount" of on your layout and then work down from there with your other patterns and colors.  The background pattern was my "Gallon" choice on my Cute New Do layout and then I used smaller doses of the other patterns.

3.  Another fun option, is finding a Color Scheme to work with.  Using Color Schemes can really help, when you are putting colors together and pulling papers that may not be all included in one collection.  This website offers many color combinations and you can also find several challenge sites, such as Life.Paper.Scrapbook that offer weekly or monthly color challenges.

I would love to see you use the technique of mixing patterns on your layout, so here's a little challenge:  Put together a layout, using no Cardstock and at least 5 different patterns.  If you get stuck, just remember the tips in this post and you can also visit my Blog for inspiration on putting those patterns together.
The prize is a $10 gift certificate to Paper Bakery. :)

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Ready to play along with Ashley's patterned paper challenge? Please link your newly created layouts featuring no cardstock and the use of at least 5 patterned papers via Inlinkz [located at the end of the post] by Friday, October 4th, 11.55pm (GMT +8).


As always, please leave a little love for my guest Ashley. :)








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27 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I just loveeeeeeeeeeeee Ashley!! I love love love love love her creations and what a FUN CHALLENGE!!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Yay for Ashley! LOVE her mix of patterns, too! What a fun challenge!

~amy~ said...

yahoooo for Ashley!!!!!

Isha Gupta said...

Looooove how Ashley used pattern paper. Gorgeous LO and a fun challenge. TFS

Reusing with Quilling said...

Thanks Ashley ! I loved the tips lot as I am one of those intimidated by the idea of using pps, though the tips are for LO they are perfect for cards too ! Thanks Yvonne for introducing us to a wonderful guest !

Suman Pandit said...

Thanks Ashley for your tips !! I love to just ogle at my little collection of PPs and run short of ideas about what to do with them, thanks to you I may finally put a scissor close to them!!
http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

Sandie Edwards said...

Gorgeous Ashley, love your use of the papers in the LO shown ... wonderful tips too, thanks!

Hussena said...

Your Lo is just gorgeous Ashley I really loved the tips you have shared regarding how to use the PP's. I have been hoarding them for so long as I am always short on ideas on how to go about using them ..But reading through your post has been an eye opener :)I loved going through your gallery as well ..Beautiful work there !

Lizzy Hill said...

Loooove your style, Ashley, & really love the colour combos too...I'm definitely going to give this a go...probably in a card, 'cos I'm OUTTA them & need to get the stash going...hope that's OK!!!!!

Naomi Edwards said...

Ashley's style is gorgeous!!! Thank you for the tips for I struggle constantly with pattern papers Ashley! Beautiful layouts!
Hugs

Audrey Pettit said...

Really adorable projects! I am a patterned paper girl, too, so I absolutely LOVE Ashley's style!

sandi said...

Ashley, and her style are just so sweet! So nice to see her creations featured here!

Katy said...

Totally love your stlye and pages! Thank you for the tips! This is something I struggle with! :)

Tracey Sabella said...

I love Ashley's style. What a great LO and suggestions! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Cindy deRosier said...

Beautiful layout. I definitely struggle with putting multiple patterned papers on a page. The minimalist in me always wants to remove, remove, remove!

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous layout!! The papers and design are fabulous!! Thanks for the tips!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Monique Liedtke said...

So fun to see you here Ashley!!! Love your style!!

Missy Whidden said...

I'm a big Ashley fan, too! Love all of her work...especially the ones with all the patterned paper mixes! I think I'll play along with this challenge!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is a fabulous layout, love her work as well.

Angi Barrs said...

I am a big fan of Ashley's work. Her pages are always so fabulous! I will have to whip up something for this challenge!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Goodness me this is ADORABLE!!!

Rose said...

always LOVE Ashleys work!!!

only make cards (no layouts) but she inspires me with here awesome fun layouts :)

Ashley Horton said...

Thanks so much for having me Yvonne, and all of you Ladies are so sweet!! Looking forward to seeing what everyone does with the challenge!

Tone-Lill said...

This looks awesome Ashley and a brilliant tutorial as well. I'm not very good to use patterned paper, and I Really got inspired so I might give this a try :)

Lynnda said...

Big fan of Ashley works!!! Awesome... I think I will play along ....coz I love PP... hugs...x

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

So bright and cheerful, what about us layout-phobic crafters?

Juliana Michaels said...

What a great layout by Ashley!!!

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