Hello lovely friends! It’s Kylie with you on the blog today, sharing some scrapbooking tips I used to create my latest 12 x 12 layout, featuring the Storyteller collection by Vicki Boutin. When I am creating layouts, one thing I love to do is include dimension and texture within the design. These can be great elements to use if you also like to frame and hang your layouts on display.
Let’s talk fussy cutting! It’s one of those techniques you will either love or hate. For me personally, I love it and can actually find it quite relaxing to sit and snip away at paper. My best advice for fussy cutting is to take your time and to use small, fine pointed scissors for a more accurate finish. For this particular layout, I fussy cut all of the foliage and flowers. To create dimension to each piece, I gently curled up the edges of each flower and folder each leaf. It may seem like a small detail at the time, but once all the elements are in place you can see the effect it gives.
I selected the Mariposa paper as my background and adhered an 8×8″ square of white cardstock to the center. Once all of my elements were fussy cut I began adhering them around the outside of this square, using it as a guide to cover the paper seam. In order to have the appearance of ‘rise and fall’ with the leaves, I used foam adhesive dots to some and not others. This helps to create a nice dimension.
With all of my flowers and foliage in place, I usually like to take a step back and view my page from a distance. This helps me to check that I have a nice and even balance. More often than not I will tuck a few extra pieces in here and there to obtain a better finish. My photos have been printed smaller to a 3×4″ size and yes! I have printed the same photo twice! This is just a little artsy method I use but you could always use different photos, placed in full view for this page design. I’ve added some of my favorite die cuts in behind my photos as a backing.
With everything in place I just loved the pop of color from the leaves against the white center. To keep my page balanced, I have added a small cluster of embellishments to the opposite corner to my photos which completed my page nicely.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope the few tips I have shared will inspire you a little with your own scrapbooking. Some more tips I have always tried to remember is it’s always good to think outside the square with your scrapbooking and to remember there are no rules and no wrongs with your creativity. Until next time!
Supplies used: Vicki Boutin Storyteller collection – Fresh Cut SKU- 34001316, Mariposa SKU- 34001318, Medley SKU- 34001324, Storyteller Phrase and Word Thickers SKU- 34001337, Storyteller Ephemera, SKU- 34001342, Storyteller cardstock stickers SKU- 34001340, American Crafts white cardstock