Clipping Paper with Design in Mind

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I love pouring over my favourite scrapbookers’ galleries and picking up new design ideas. I’m always so impressed with the way certain scrapbookers pay attention to the smallest details to make a page spectacular.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the way paper is clipped to shapes matters! The way a pattern is cut-off at the edge should appear very intentional.

Let’s take a look at some examples.

Solid Papers: Solid papers are straight-forward to clip to shapes because they have no pattern that can be cut-off or mis-aligned.

Plaids: With plaids, you have the opportunity to clip the parts of the paper the feature the colour you most want to highlight. Pay attention to the edges to make sure that the line cut-offs look intentional.

Florals: First here is an example of poor cut-off on the floral paper. Note how the shape edges show flowers that are too small to appear intentional:

I like the alignment below much more, but it was really fiddly to avoid poor cut-offs. Keep in mind that most of the time, shapes like this would be used as layering pieces under other papers or elements so not every edge needs to be perfect — just the visible ones.

Is the way a paper is cut-off a detail that you are careful about? What other details do you check for on your pages?