Thursday Inspiration – Mixing Bold Patterns

Hello there Hip Kit fans, here we are another Thursday and you know what that means! Three different takes on the same product or theme and three different designers to share their take on it. This week, Cara, Michelle and Jessica are mixing bold patterns, which is not an easy task at all.


Hi planner girls and all you scrapbookers who are trying to decide whether or not you want to get your feet wet and come to the planner side. Come on over, it’s fun! We’re almost always on time and we have chocolate!! 😉


I’m in my bullet journal this week, I tend to be spending a lot of time there this summer, it’s less structured and I feel like that’s a better fit for relaxed summer schedules. Today, I made a motivational spread to keep me going and working towards my goals, when the summer sun calls. No matter how small the steps I take, they are getting me closer to my goal!


I have 3 tips for you for mixing bold patterns.

  1. Use them in small doses.
  2. Use common colours, it’s a lot easier to mix something that matches.
  3. Add them onto a lighter, calmer background. I used the back of the Dear Lizzy – Colour Me Pretty


I grabbed some fabulously bold patterns from the July main kit and layered them on a diagonal and distressed the edges a bit. I used the back of the Bella Blvd Daily Details, Amy Tangerine’s On A Whim – Tropical Paradise and Paige Evan’s Paper 12.

23-styled-deskI fussy cut some motivational words and phrases from the Amy Tangerine All The Feels paper and placed them around the spread. I added 3 different Thickers from this month’s kits to the ‘Awesome’ to form a title. YOU is the Shimelle Little by Little – Magic Thickers , GOT is the exclusive Blue Alphabet Puffy Stickers and THIS is from the HKC Exclusive Soft Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers.


I added some Bella Blvd clips to the top of the right side.


I decorated the spread with lots of other embellishments peppered over the pages. Including Amy Tangerine’s die cuts (I cut the pink foil flower in 2, this is a great idea when you want to repeat something and you only have one!), some stickers from her sticker book as well, and finished everything off with a sprinkle of Bella Blvd puffy stars.

Grab your boldest papers from your kits and come craft along with me in my video:

Happy Planning!



Hi Michelle here with layout I have created mixing it up with Bold Patterns.  You could say I went super bold but I think I have managed to create a layout that is bold but not too overwhelming. When I looked at the patterned papers in the July 2017 kit, I was immediately drawn to the Amy Tangerine On A Whim papers and from there I added in some of the the Dear Lizzy Fussy Cut Floral and even a hint of Maggie Holmes Hello Beautiful.  Here is my layout:

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My starting point was the ‘Tropical Paradise’ patterned paper by Amy Tangerine as I really liked the Ombre feel of the bright blue to the tropical green at the bottom with small triangle it wasn’t too busy for my background.  I then added in teared strips to both the left hand and right hand sides of my background which is also from Amy Tangerine called ‘All the Feels’ and then add in another strip of the b side of this paper as well. Mixing it up but still keeping it in a tropical theme I added a hint of the ‘Hello Beautiful’ (Chasing Dreams collection) by Maggie Holmes so it was peaking out between these two patterned papers.

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To ensure that my photo didn’t get lost in the mix of all this bold patterns I kept it black and white and matted my photo in a couple of solid colours (Paper No 12 from Paige Taylor Evans) and also the Project Life card with the camera on it as this helps to differentiate from the background.

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I then added the super adorable flamingo project life card and couldn’t resist adding some more of the flowers fussy cut out from the Dear Lizzy Color Me Pretty floral paper from the Lovely day collection.  I then added in some more embellishing with some HKC exclusive wood veneers and the  Amy Tangerine die cut shapes and brads and chipboard pieces from the Echo Park Summer Dreams collection.  Here is a close up of the distressed layers at the top of my photo.

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I hope you have been inspired by my mixing of bold patterns and perhaps you would like to try it on one of your scrapbook pages one day.



Hey scrappy friends! Mixing bold patterns was a fun assignment – but I admit, I was a bit intimidated by it, as I’m usually not going for bold patterns in a mix. But I found a way that would work for me, and the page came together soooo easily! So be sure to check my process video below to see how I created this layout using the gorgeous Hip Kit Club August kits for the first time:



I decided to use the pretty Echo Park paper – I was SO hoping it’d be included in the Hip Kits! So you can imagine how squeaky I was when I saw it, right? I love both sides to the max – the navy with the colorful crosses combined with the paint strokes is everything I could ever ask for. To break the busy pattern with something more solid, yet still bold, I chose the classy black diagonal striped paper by Maggie Holmes – and also added a bow next to it to sort of bring the pattern more to the right side of the page and make it a little more interesting.



I love the narrow font of the thickers! I noticed that I tend to go for narrow fonts a lot more than bold, thick fonts. Even though they might look gorgeous – but really, how could you go wrong with those pretty exclusives? Right. You can’t! Hah! I also bent the paper a little and tore it so it doesn’t look too flat on the page, giving the overall layout more dimension.

A process video explains more than I could, so here we go! Enjoy!



Jessica Fabiano Design Team Member

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