I just love the pretty vintage prints from companies like October Afternoon. Sadly, my LSS doesn't carry ANY October Afternoon. :( I wanted to get my stamps and inks out this morning and do something fun, so I decided to stamp my own vintage prints with the stamps I already own. I did some big and bold prints and some small and delicate ones - I ended up with a lot!
I don't usually measure to make my own background papers, I just do it by eye. However, if you find that you're having trouble lining things up, just get out your ruler and make some erasable pencil marks. I like the same color on color patterns as well as colors on neutral papers. Depending on what sort of style you're going for, mix it up and just have fun!
When you're doing patterns, it's easier (to me anyway) to start off the page a bit. That way, you have a continuous pattern that doesn't just stop abruptly at the paper's edge. See how I continued and did half or quarter images off the edge of the cardstocks? You can do this easily by having another sheet of scrap paper or a craft mat under the paper you're stamping on.
I used a small portion of the papers I made up to do this layout. Every pattern on here is stamped onto cardstock. The great fun of that is that you can customize your colors to match any palette you wish!
Thanks for taking a peek :)
PS: if you're interested, the vintage lady stamp is from Crafty Secrets "Tea & Coffee," The Bingo card stamp is by Prima Marketing, the damask is from Papertrey Ink "Damask Designs," the butterflies are by Verve Stamps, and the doily stamps are by Dove of the East.