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Its All About Layers!

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:

Tickle Me

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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:

  1. Place a cardboard star on the page.
  2. 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.
  3. Making sure to maintain the aspect ratio, re-size the upper star a bit larger and center it over the original star. 
  4. Select the layer transparency of the original star. Then with the larger star layer active, delete the selected area.
  5. Use this new, outlined shape as a template to cut papers with, duplicating the template as needed.
  6. 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).
  7. 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 :)!

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5 responses to “Its All About Layers!

  1. Courtney June 27, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    This is a beautiful page… I’m going to try to recreate something similar in paper… Great job!

  2. Scrapping Servant June 28, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Another good one Jess! When I see your digital layouts I almost have hope to do it myself… I just love the look you got this time round.

  3. sheri June 28, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    hi Jess, what a great layout, I really like the layered look you have created. and the stars are GREAT.. I have no idea how to digital scrap but just like looking at what u have done. thanks so much, sheri

  4. JanMary, N Ireland June 29, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Lovely page, and I love how you explain your design process.

  5. Lynn July 30, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Wow, love the layout and how the photo pops of the page.

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