Hi SCT readers, Sherri here again to pick up where we left off on Monday where I introduced you to my layered style of scrapping. Today I am going to break down the process a bit for you sharing my must haves for layering and how to get started to replicate the process in your own designs.
Here is the layout I created for today using the brand new Hello Love collection by Kaitlin Sheaffer.
After selecting my photos, I begin almost everyone of my designs in this way:
1. Gather coordinating patterned papers, supplies and embellishments that I think I may use on the layout.
The key to great layering begins and ends with your adhesive, different thinknesses works best. Mixing and matching brands and types is a perfect way to start.
Sometimes I use everything I've selected, and sometimes I don't. Sometimes I add to the collection, and sometimes I don't. I'm not really a rule follower, as you can tell.
Once I've laid my photos out on the page where I think I may want them (sometimes, I move them around after I lay my embellishments, sometimes I don't, see...I'm really not a rule follower) then I'll start to place my embellishments around my photos. No gluing anything just yet, only layering. Gluing is the last thing I do. I actually glue my elements down from the top to the bottom. Meaning that I start with the topmost piece and and work my way down to the patterned paper.
You'll notice that I fussy cut some of my elements directly from the patterned paper. That is always a great way to get layering elements if/when a collection doesn't include chipboard, or cardstock stickers, or if you don't want to use a die cut machine to cut out different shapes to use.
That phrase is cut out of one of the die cut sheets in the collection, and that tag is from Chic Tags, a great source of tags of all sizes, for journaling, and/or simply tucking behind photos and other elements on your page. In this case I knew that I wanted to cut out that little white tag printed onto the larger tag, and use 3D foam squares underneath it, to add even more dimension to my layout.
Once I had the basic design of may layout all laid out, I realized that I hadn't really left myself any room to add journaling, which to me a very import part of my layouts. It's the story after all, that is the reason behind the photo in the first place. Insert the wonderful element of hidden journaling.
To create this hidden spot I used 3mm Sookwang double sided tape to adhere may photo to the page. To create a pocket, I placed the tape as far to the edge of the photo as I possibly could, allowing me to slip a homemade tag behind it. I machine stitched a Chic Tags tab to the top of the tiny journal spot to allow me to easily pull the tag from behind the photo to reveal the hidden journaling.
Here is a great shot of how wonderful 3D foam squares are for adding dimension, and allowing you to add multiple layers to your layout creating even more visual interest to your layout.
There you have it, a look into my process, and how layering really isn't that difficult to do once you have a starting point, and the understanding of how it's really just about mixing coordinating patterns, colours, sizes, textures, and shapes on different levels of your layout using various styles and forms of adhesive.
Thank you so much for joining me this week. I hope you're feeling inspired to go and give layering a try on your own projects. Feel free to link up your layered creations in the comments section below! We at SCT enjoy seeing your work and love to leave you some love.
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