CP Gal, Lisa Dickinson, is sharing an added bonus in honor of our Pretty Things theme–sun, sand and surf; two free 'Cut Files' alongside two awesome beach-loving layouts! To download them, simply click on the words highlighted in BOLD noted in today's post.
The warm summer weather is inspiring me to scrap my beach vacation photos from Spring Break this year–I love revisiting the memories of the sun, sand, and surf! But summer scrapping for me has to be pretty fast and simple–there's just not a lot of time to spend at the scrap table. My secret for a fabulous summer page without too much fuss? Layers...lots of them!
Multiple layers add depth and dimension to your page without being time-consuming to arrange. On this layout, I began by adding a layer of vellum cut on my Silhouette into a Sunburst. I stitched the rays to my background photo, but if you don't want to mess with sewing, use a pen to draw stitches or just skip it altogether. By adding this base layer of vellum, I've already created an area on my page for the focal point–the center of the sunburst.
I used scraps of papers from the Open Road collection, adding in a pink polka dot from the Oh Darling line. The soft aquas and yellows are perfect for beach photos, and the pink helps add a bit of contrast. Layering together papers is a great way to use up scraps, too! I also selected chipboard and die cut accents in similar colors that add curves and non-linear shapes to my design.
I've written my journaling on a card that tucks behind the paper grouping. To keep the card from sliding too far underneath the map paper, I used foam squares and created a small pocket that it can slide into.
As a final layer, I've added metal flair, stickers, wood veneer and a die cut title, all which add texture and interest to my page. By simply building up many layers of supplies, I've created a detailed page that looks like it took longer than it actually did!
Here's another page that also incorporates lots of layers. I've used them to help reinforce my page theme–the ocean!
I began by selecting papers that coordinated with my photos–tones of aqua and soft green from the Love Notes, Open Road, and Oh Darling collections. Then I die cut a Wave Border from three of them and layered them across the page, securing them at the bottom with a few rows of stitching.
Because I wanted the colors and texture of the page to give the impression of the ocean, I printed my journaling on vellum and layered it over the bottom two-thirds of the page. This helps softens the colors underneath and adds a layer of translucence much like water. It's also an easy way to add journaling anywhere you want on a page without covering up any page elements.
The title is a combo of Thickers and a die cut word, all in colors that tie back to my photos and the watery feel of the page. Mixing up several fonts, sizes, and colors makes for an easy and interesting title without a lot of work.
For a final touch, I added some stickers and chipboard to the upper edge of the page. Layering a few blue and black elements here makes a visual connection with the photos and title and leads the eye through the whole page design from top to bottom.
So, if you're short on scrap time this summer, try layering up lots of elements for a detailed result that doesn't take much effort. Happy Scrapping!