Stretching Solids for Digi Scrapping

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Fontologie Textura Traced font. Papers by Katie the Scrapbook Lady


If you’ve looked through my layouts, you will notice that I (Katie) love using solid papers! While it may be the patterned papers that tempt me to buy digi kits, I won’t ever give in if there are not at least a few good solids included. I just have to have them! Solid papers go with any theme, are easy to journal on, and can also be recolored to suit any photo. They also make great partners for patterned papers, so they help me utilize the other pieces of a digital scrapbook kit. Solids are the foundation pieces for almost every layout I create. There’s only one drawback… they can be a little too plain sometimes. I’ve found several ways to stretch the way I use solids for scrapping though, and I’ve been having a great time reusing digi papers I thought had hit the retired list in my collection!



Janet’s most used scrapping trick of using some sort of edge or border treatment on a layout, is especially important with a solid background paper. The eye needs a frame to give the page definition and boundaries. You can use all types of borders and creative ways to edge a layout and we have loads of examples to inspire you in this Living on the Edge post. Here are some other examples of how to add some interest to the edge of solid papers:


Distressed Edge Overlay by Anna Aspnes



Paper Reveal Overlays by Katie Pertiet



Sparkle Me Happy by the Shabby Princess



Square Border Frames by Jenna Desai



Text on a Path by Sahlin Studio. Also refer to this tutorial by Steph.



You can easily turn solids into patterns with several tricks and products!

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Pattern Overlays by Loreta Labarca.

Fill with solid papers to create a new patterned paper.



Play around in your program to use different effects. I used Color Fade – Vertical (in Photoshop Elements) to get this look.




Play around with program filters to add texture and design to solid papers. I used the patchwork filter under the filter effects menu in Photoshop Elements to create this look.




My solid paper blended with a paper from Hello Spring by Cinzia Loosemore

I layered my solid paper on top of Cinzia’s patterned paper and used the hue blending mode in Photoshop Elements.




Add the paper on top of a photo and lower the opacity of the paper until the photo shows through.


Of course, I must refer you to the master of blending – Jenn Lindsey if you want to learn more blending tricks. Check out Jenn’s self-paced class at Big Picture Classes for more details!


Finally, when you layer 2 solids together, they form a pattern of colors that adds interest to the backdrop of your layout. This is one of my favorite tricks!

As you can see, there are MANY ways to stretch solid papers to get more use out of them. Next time you open up a digi kit, take a minute to explore the ways you can have fun with the solids!

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