Some of you may know that my extremely clever sister Stephanie did an extremely clever thing when she teamed up with Dori to form a design studio which they call Luscious Life Studios. Of course, I try to visit their blog whenever they post - it keeps me in the front and centre of their minds for when they start releasing designs for DT work!! This week they've posted the picture above. From a range of papers previously shown, called Lily , but the colours have been changed. Same pattern, different palette. Now these girls design with all sorts of applications in mind - phone covers, fabrics, wallpaper, craft papers. I get excited about the possibilities for scrapbook papers. And 'Lily' really did it for me. I commented that I thought we (scrapbookers) probably went for colour on the page first when choosing papers. But I've thought about it quite a lot and I'm not sure I do. Although I think for me, it is finally all about colour....I think I buy my papers because I like the pattern/design/styles first. There was once a time when I would approach a rack of papers with photos in hand and try to match something in the photo to something about the paper...and I ended up with papers I didn't particularly like, but that seemed to 'work'. Well I grew out of that. Quite quickly. These days, I buy papers because I like them and if I like them enough, I MAKE them work for my photos!
Yesterday, I tested myself. It's hard to tell...I approach the racks of paper and no doubt, am drawn in by the colours first....then I pull out the sheet of attractive colour and decide immediately that the pattern is or isn't for me. And colour of course, is influenced by mood, so it could be a changeable thing on a different day....I no longer consider whether the pattern is or isn't suitable for a particular photo. Although this is a slight generalisation - if I'm planning a single theme mini album or something, then I do...but sometimes the theme becomes a single thread of colour or a design element that I use throughout.
Do you buy it because you like it and put it into 'stock' or do you buy it and use it because it's perfect for what you're planning to do? I can say yes to almost immediate use for about 10% of my paper purchases. Not a good figure when you consider the amount of paper I have in 'stock'! Tricky this huh. I should tell Dori that it's all entirely personal actually, and if they thought I might make a good test model for market research purposes, they were wrong. But I'd rather not admit it, they'll work it out eventually!
So, how do you choose? Fabric, papers, whatever it is....what is it that pulls you in?