From the April 2010 PDF:
Do you usually reach for a trusty piece of cardstock for your layout backgrounds? If so, this month let's try something a little different, patterned paper. Don't worry, there are subtle patterns that will work fabulously as a background. And if you regularly use patterned paper for a background, let's push it a little further this month. Go a bit bolder, add texture, try something new.
The objective is to take a piece of patterned paper and make it yours.
On my layout you can see that I went for a pretty busy pattern, but in softer colors. The patterned paper was already a faux quilt, I added a bit of machine stitching to play that up some more and add texture. I kept the rest of the page relatively understated so that the background becomes an equal part of embellishment.
The biggest tip I have for using patterned paper as a background is to add dimension. Especially with your photo(s). By placing the photos on pop dots and a mat it helps separate them from the background. Without this Iʼm afraid the picture would get lost. Same thing with the title. The title needs a place to rest. For the most part it wouldnʼt look right floating out there on the pattern somewhere. You can use a label or other embellishment to create a ʻbreakʼ for the title.
Patterned papers are great for embellishing a page, but they can be the backbone too!
Download the April 2010 PDF Here: Download Patternedpapereverywhichway_april2010