Hello all my artsy friends! I’m dropping in today with a quick tip for creating textured white backgrounds for your digital scrapbooking pages. Are you in love with pure white backgrounds? If you take a look at my Gallery you will see that most of my pages are created on some type of white or white-ish background. I love the pop you get from the contrast between the white background and colored elements – especially bright colors. However, sometimes I get a little bored with smooth backgrounds and want to add a pop of texture to them. One quick and easy way to do this is to use a blocked template with white papers for the background and add elements on top.
Take a look at this layout for an example of this technique:
See the pop of texture you get with the layered white papers? All I did was use a blocked template and clipped different white papers to it. I used papers from the same set by Little Butterfly Wings (available for 50% all day today), but you could easily use just one white paper for this technique. The blocked template I used for the background is from Artsy Journal Templates Set 22 by Scrapping with Liz, and the clustered piece on top is from Singular Sensation DD by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs (also 50% off all day today).
The next time you want to kick up your solid color background, try layering it up a bit with a block style template – or create your own block layers with the rectangular marquee tool or break out of squared shapes with the polygonal lasso tool in Photoshop or PSE. (Think circles, triangles or hexagons or just random shapes.)
I hope you have fun with this technique – be sure to share your layered single color backgrounds with us in the TLP Gallery!
Until next time ~