Art Journaling 102: Technique Feature – Mixing Patterned Papers

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

This week’s focus is on mixing patterned papers for art journaling design. I’ve heard that there is a fear of patterned paper, and I’m here to help you conquer that fear!


There are some coambinations you can follow when mixing patterns:

  • mix patterns within a digital kit, a super easy way to get it right
  • mix patterns such as a large pattern, a small pattern, a stripe, and a solid
  • mix patterns from different kits that harmonize with each other

Patterned papers come in more forms than just 12 x 12. A few examples of  items  patterns are in:

  • Papers
  • Borders
  • Dots and Circles
  • Collage Houses
  • Paper Tape
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Paper Alphabets
  • Hearts
  • Journal spots

For the page below, I used a template to create blocks of pattern. Templates are a fabulous way to conquer your fear of using patterns.


Excellence by Julie Ann Shahin


Workshop 4: Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #004, Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #005, Tangible Plans™ {Starter Kit & Workshop}
Papers, Arrow: Lost and Found
Template: Come Away With Me, A Travel Journal Project by Kimberly Lund
Stitching: CRenee GetRDone

MUST READ (some of these articles pertain to decorating or fashion yet can be applied to digital design)


Inspiration from the
Art Journal Caravan Gallery and the
Studio Tangie Creative Team Gallery:
Technique Feature – Mixing Patterned Papers

Zig Zag Courage by Karen Bowers

I was playing with zigzags and the John Wayne quote fit well with the “mountains”. Think I’ll print these out for cards to send to friends.

Sausan’s Funk Funky papers
DeviantScraps’ I’m with the Band (white paper)
Goudy Stout font


Head and Shoes by lharvey81

Journal Page for Art Journal Caravan Week 18!
Products used: Pieces from various Tangie Baxter Collections


AJC week 18 by SuzieR

mixed media page for week 18 of the art journal caravan


Art Journal – May 3 2012 by lharvey81

till loving Tangible Plans! Sure makes it easy to create these daily pages! And I still have time to make it my own!

Products used: Mostly Tangible Plans pieces, but, I throw pieces in from many different collections including my own designs.


Compass Rose by caubin

Kit Used: Up, Up and Away by Tangie Baxter


completely happy to be me being me when i am asleep by gonewiththewind

CREDITS: BEING ME by Studio Tangie and Studio Rosey Posey; Blended Templates {01 to 13} by Studio Rosey Posey; In Print Alpha by Studio Rosey Posey; font is Cheapskate Fill


Dance  by Andrea4376

Credits :

Dance Like Everyone is watchingby Tangie Baxter


Only God Can Make a Tree by sparklyduck71

We were out scouting neighborhoods for real estate a few weeks ago, and the houses without trees just made me feel sad and unwelcomed. I knew I loved trees, but I didn’t realize what a deal-breaker they could be for me.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
–Joyce Kilmer, “Trees”

Moonlight Hollow by Tangie Baxter;
Font: Pea Comfy Cozy by Fonts for Peas.



Don’t Bother Knockin’ by finecraft

I used Tangie Baxter’s Hand Cut Collage Fodder Houses and Hand Cut Collage Fodder Edges 2 both available at Scrapbookgraphics


AQC-June-A-Matter-of-Heart by scrappingramma

Angie_Young_Experience_Life_wordart pressed_flower_cindy_doerksen



Journey by Pinewoodtoo



First Art Journal Page by Livie
Page made using parcels from Art Journal Caravan 2012 by Tangie Baxter

Parcel 07
Parcel 13
Parcel 20
Parcel 15
Parcel 14
Parcel 02
Parcel 19


TheEyeSNR_ATCswap by cfalbro

This is a hybrid ATC I made for a swap. There are 9 total each one a little different.


by Tangie Baxter
Hand Cut Collage Fodder: Edges

Everything else is scraps from magazines
Letters from my Dymo Labeler




LYM Challenge #19 – It’s What I Love To Do by Julie Ann Shahin

LYM Challenge #19 – It’s What I Love To Do

What I love to Do {Collab w/ Re Kneipp}
by Tangie

Template: kiss april by twosisters (retired)


Crazy! by skyezak

Created with Tangie Baxter’s

Font – Rage Italic and tbugz

This is a photo of me playing around with a hat and I thought it was a cute expression that I just had to scrap LOL!


Enjoy the Simple Things by ginamichelle1111

JC #5 Credits: Gee That’s Swell by Tangie Baxter…SKU296781.html , template – Bloom Too by Lilacs in Bloom, font is Baby Kruffy and Bernhard Fashion


Caution by Scrappie Irene

Jungle Salvage by Tangie Baxter and DeCrow
Splatter Graffiti Borders Jungle Salvage by Tangie Baxter
Hand Cut Collage Fodder: Edges by Tangie Baxter
at Scrapbookgraphics


~Caution~ by pennyshilling

For the past few weeks I have been laid up in bed..between the resting and sleeping pretty much kept occupied with my iphone, music and working in a journal. (no lap top) Not so easy on your back.LOL Just a small box of watercolour crayons, black ink pen, water brush and biro. TFL
Note.. drippage and splats from watercolour crayons can not be washed out from bed sheets. LOL

My own words on this one..with some happy doodles.


Friday the 13th – Parcel 15 – AJC by CarolW

Description – nothing to do with Friday the 13th, it just is.

Made using Parcel 15 AJC by Tangie Baxter available at Scrapbookgraphics.



Heart-and-dreams by zotova

Deconstructed Journals No. 1 {Sorbet} By Tangie…-1-Sorbet.html


Begin To Live by Billa

Created with

Collage Fodder: Painted Quote Bundle

by Studio Tangie available here at Scrapbookgraphics



Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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