Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Layout Backgrounds

Hi all!  Candace here today sharing with you some ideas on how to create your own background for a layout.  If you have a bunch of scraps left over this is the perfect way to use them!  You can work with papers that are from one collection or mix and match.  That is the joy of creating your own background, you get to choose!
First off is a layout that I created from a bunch of different lines.  I used a Silhouette cut file as my base and cut various scraps to fill in the spaces.  It was quick and easy.  I didn't worry about cutting the papers perfect as the overlay covered up all the imperfections.  I felt that the paper piecing added a lot to the layout so I went light on embellishments to let the background be the focus.

On the next layout I used I used a 1inch square punch to create a pattern.  I cut a bunch of squares out of a 6x6 paper pad then cut each square in half, corner to corner.  I laid out all the squares on a 12x12 base that I had lightly watercolored.  To keep all the pieces secured to the page and to add a little more interest I sewed diagonally on the page.  I love the final result!  (Now I just need to find the perfect picture to scrapbook.)

Lastly is a layout that I shared earlier this month.  I re-share this layout because I want to show you how easy it is to create a background even if you can't think of any ideas.  The idea for this background came from a 12x12 paper in the collection.  Here is a picture of the original paper.  

To create the background all I did was cut out along the lines.  Then I placed all the colored pieces of paper on another paper from the collection and stitched right down the middle of each line with my sewing machine.  The idea was right there!  

I hope this gave you a few ideas on how to create your own background for you layout.  If you have any questions leave a comment below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Candace, I love this idea! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Awesome ideas... I've been tempted to make a few backgrounds, just haven't got there yet... maybe one day when I'm big?


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