Emma Trout joins us today for day two of Layering Week at PaperCrafter’s Corner. I am a long-time admirer of Emma’s gorgeous style so I’m thrilled to have her with us this week! Emma is on the Webster’s Pages design team and has been on several different teams in recent years. Today, Emma is going to take us step-by-step through her process of creating a layout with lots of beautiful LAYERS. Enjoy!
We have more great “layering” fun planned throughout the week (including an awesome giveaway of all kinds of layer-y goodness) so be sure to stay tuned!
Creating a Layered Scrapbook Page is like Making a Sandwich
I think of layering like making a sandwich!!! Really, bear with me here!!
We all start with a bread base (background paper), and then add some form of spread (the first layer). Now we choose a filling. Some people may choose cheese, for example (the next layer) and that is enough sandwich for them . Other people might like to add a small bit of salad…others like to add a lot. At this stage, you could decide to add some mayo too. The sandwich is finished when the bread top is added (the photo/s) … So we layer our sandwiches until we get the desired result…just like we do with our scrapbooking. It’s all down to personal taste!
It’s all about your own “taste” but here are a few of my favorite hints & tips for creating a layered feel
- Adding layers of mist, paint and stamping can add extra depth and make subsequent layers stand out.
- Using foam adhesive pads and silicon glue immediately adds depth and dimension. By lifting layers you can add interest by tucking extra bits under and on top.
- Don’t worry if your layers look a little untidy as you are building them up. Like a sandwich, it will look fab when you add the top layer (photos). Have a little confidence!
- Use sharp scissors for fussy cutting (I use Tonic Studios (Tim Holtz) scissors). Move the paper as you cut to get a better edge to your shapes.
Here’s the finished layout we’ll be making together….
Don’t be overwhelmed! …. it’s easier than it looks … Let me walk you through how I did it!
Here was my process for creating this layout about about my recent trip to Amsterdam:
Images: I started by listing things that I associate with Amsterdam: Flowers/Tulips, Windmills, Bicycles, Houses in rows, Boats, Cafe culture, Coffee/cake, Districts, Travel/Airport/planes, Museums, Fashions.
Colour: The Dutch National football team plays in orange/sky blue so I decided to use this scheme as my base colours. Then I added red/yellow/pink as a nod to the colourful flowers and vibrancy of the city.
Design: I cut out some designs (from my list of images) relating to my photographs from Webster’s Pages papers and pushed them around my page until I had a basic design idea in my mind!
Begin by spraying ‘Sun Sisters’ Glimmer Mist direct to your cardstock background in the areas that will be your design background. Don’t worry about misting mistakes too much as you will be layering over the misted area.
I then dry brushed Orange and Magenta Acrylic Paint in the areas that will be layered over and finished by adding aqua paint splatter.
At this stage you may want to add any background stamping, such as the Kaisercraft grid stamp I have used.
Cut a piece of patterned paper to place at the bottom of the layout. Apply Gesso directly to the paper and allow to dry. Glue into position on layout.
Cut a rectangle of blue paper and spray turquoise mist in centre area. Add to the middle of the page where the orange paper/cardstock joins.
Start building your layers. Hint: I find that clustering items together, gluing some underneath and some on-top of each other BEFORE adding to the cardstock helps me build a page design.
Continue working around the page adding layers of paper designs and photos as you work.
All of the paper layers are now complete ….
Now just add your doodling around the edges and some journaling. Look at how much more “finished” the layout looks just with the simple doodled lines around the outside.
And you’re finished! Enjoy your layered page. I hope I have given you the confidence to have a go too! -Em
Supplies Used: All papers: Webster’s Pages, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Making Memories Acrylic Paint, Claudine Hellmuth Gesso, Kaisercraft grid stamp, Pinflair glue, Tonic Studios (Tim Holtz) scissors
Wasn’t that a great tutorial? Thank you, Emma, for sharing that with us today! Stay tuned! We have more planned for layering week coming up soon ….