Its All About Layers!
June 26, 2007
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If you haven’t noticed this big trend in scrapbooking lately, you haven’t been spending enough time browsing the online scrapbook galleries! Layers, clusters, groupings – whatever you call it, it has to have a little bulk :)! This technique is popular in digital, paper and of course hybrid scrapbooking right now! Here is a page I made recently that uses layering:
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Tips & Tricks:
- The two blocks of lighter colored paper behind the photo help break up background paper a bit, which was too dark all by itself.
- Grouping similar items together allowed me to add LOTS of layers to the page without making the page too complicated or overwhelming to look at.
- Swirls and flourishes help balance off all the sharp, pointy edges of the star elements and create a pleasing and interesting contrast.
- I took this photo from ground level to best capture the fun interaction between my two subjects.
Technique: Create Perfectly Coordinating Elements in Photoshop
When layering many objects together, make sure that they coordinate well, otherwise your page will just end up looking cluttered. A simple way to make coordinating elements is to make paper cutout versions of an element you’d like to highlight. For the layout above, I wanted to showcase some really cool cardboard stars. Here’s how you can get this effect using these stars created by Gina from Weeds & Wildflowers Design:
- Place a cardboard star on the page.
- Next, duplicate the star layer and lower the opacity of the upper star so you can easily see both layers when you move it around.
- Making sure to maintain the aspect ratio, re-size the upper star a bit larger and center it over the original star.
- Select the layer transparency of the original star. Then with the larger star layer active, delete the selected area.
- Use this new, outlined shape as a template to cut papers with, duplicating the template as needed.
- Select a few different papers all from one kit to create the new elements with (this will add variety, while ensuring that your elements will still coordinate).
- Place your newly created elements behind the original stars, position to your liking, and you’re done!
This technique will work great with any simple shapes. It’s an easy way to add layers and dimension to your digital pages. OK, go see what you can come up with :)!