Pinterest Inspiration | Layered Patterns

While browsing through Pinterest this week, I was struck by the patterns on these bowls by Anthropologie. I love the way the patterns interact with each other.

These porcelain bowls showcase four different designs: daisies, diamonds, stripes and vines. Combining these varying designs with four different colors creates a striking photo. I also love the way the trim on each bowl is a contrasting color. It’s a subtle touch that adds a bit of whimsy to each bowl.

While this photo does a beautiful job of marketing bowls for Anthropologie, it also provides wonderful inspiration for a scrapbook layout.

All supplies from Designer Digitals | Patterned Paper: Vintage Library Paperie No. 03 by Katie Pertiet. Cardstock: Classic Cardstock: Coral Charm Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet. Stitched Embellishments: Embroidering Accents. No. 01 (embroidery) and Crocheted Doilies: Red No. 01 (doily) by Katie Pertiet. Flowers: Spring Song Mini Kit (peach flower) and Goodness and Light Element Pack (cream flower and brad) by Andrea Victoria. Banners: Banner Labels No. 01 (orange banner) by Katie Pertiet and Life Banners Brushes and Stamps (teal banner) by Ali Edwards. Staples: Classic Curled Photo Frames No. 01 by Katie Pertiet.

There was a lot of inspiration to be found in the photo! I decided to mimic the mixing of patterns as well as the crescent shapes of the stacked bowls. To accomplish this, I used the elliptical marquee tool in Photoshop Elements and cut out sections of patterned paper. I then layered them on top of each other, slightly turning each layer to mimic the haphazard stacking of the bowls. I also made sure that my paper patterns were from the same kit – that way, they would coordinate with each other while still allowing me to mix the patterns. I added some stitched embellishments, as well as some banners and journaling, to finish the layout.

While my layout is entirely digital, this layout would be just as easy to recreate with traditional paper products. Try layering patterned papers on top of each other and see what you come up with!

I had a lot of fun playing with patterns this week and combining papers. I hope that you are inspired by this photo, too. Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.

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9 Responses to Pinterest Inspiration | Layered Patterns

  1. Dina May 8, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    I know this isn’t the point of these posts (which I very much enjoy), but do you know where I can get a Pinterest invite? I’ve been waiting over a month for one from the site…


    • Stephanie Vetne May 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Dina – Email me ( and I’ll send you one!

  2. Tracy Eau Claire May 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Love how these patterns work together and love how the layout patterns came together as well.

  3. Ali MacDonald May 9, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    BEAUTIFUL inspiration! Lovely LO! Thx for sharing!

  4. juliana May 9, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Fabulous layout!!! Love the way you were inspired by these bowls!

  5. Jennifer May 9, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Great way to be inspired by some bowls! Beautiful LO, wonderful pps!

  6. Jean rood May 9, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Absolutely love everything about this – inspiration, layout, supplies – everything. Katie Pertiet is one of my favorite digital designers also.

  7. Mel McCarthy May 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Wow! What an amazing layout. How on earth you can look at bowls and come up with something so gorgeous & unique, I don’t know, but I’m tickled pink that I got to see it. 😉 Too clever!

  8. Vicki May 25, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    What a fabulous LO!!

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