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10 {non-bulky} ways to add interest to your layout. :)



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I love to incorporate fun elements on my pages. But I also like my layouts to be relatively flat [way easier to store!]. Today I'm sharing 10 {non-bulky} ways to add interest to your layout. :)



1. Incorporate fussy-cutting.

I like to stick the middle parts down so the sides stick out a bit...creates the illusion of dimension [while staying flat in your page protector].


2. Add a little handstitching.

I love to randomly poke holes and then use different coloured threads to add a little fun! [I find this especially useful for hiding the fact that I forgot to ink the edges and when the patterned papers don't blend well together.]


3. Create an embellishment cluster.

Grouping elements of different textures add a playful feel to your piece. Try adding buttons, brads and found ephemera.


4. "Embellish" your photo.

I love to journal and paste stickers on my photos [especially of places and things]. Use arrows to pinpoint to something significant on your photo. [I found a cool book in the bargain bin! ] It's a great way to add random journaling bits to your layout.


5. Create a fun background by using a mask amd mists.

 I love that I can incorporate the colours from the rest of my layout to create an artsy custom background. [For how-to, please refer to tutorial: How to create a masked and misted custom background.]



6. Play with fonts.

This could be your title work or your journaling. I love to incorporate my own handwriting too. It helps to tell the story in a more interesting way than a block of journaling.



7. Stamp.

Use fun picture stamps to tell your story. :)



8. Go crazy with stickers.

I love to mix it up with lots of letter and word stickers. Paste them on a chipboard and you get a dimensional chipboard element...the possibilities are endless! ;)




9. Include "white" space.

"White" space prevents eye fatigue and gives your eyes a place to "rest" so as to better appreciate all the elements on your layout. It doesn't necessary have to be white in colour though....I consider my masked and misted background my "white" space. The next point reinforces the importance of "white" space.


10. Ensure a continuous flow of elements.

When you have a continuous flow of elements, you help guide a reader's eye through your layout. Try to keep some parts light and your focal point a little "heavier" with elements.


There you have it, my 10 {non-bulky} ways to add interest to your layout. :) Do you have any to share?


Supplies: Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, Maya mists, American Crafts thickers and stamp, Fancy Pants chipboard, Adorn It, SRM and Sam & Lucy letter stickers, thread, doiley, grid mask, brad, charm, buttons, white pen, black pen.


P/s: This layout was done specifically for my guest designer gig at Bird is the word. It features a quaint little bookstore in Wentworth Falls. :)


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32 comments:

Romina Nahata said...

WOW ! WOW ! i'm in complete awe !!! Thanks a ton for sharing the tips !! Fantastic LO :-)

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow! Awesome page, Yvonne! SO LOVE all the detail! And thanks for sharing your tips. :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love this Yvonne! LOVING the colors, the arrow, the stitching, the numbers.. and thanks for the tips... you are the best!

Creations by Shirl said...

You are so awesome in doing this type of layouts... very inspirng and TFS on your tips....
Have a super Monday...

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, you rock... I'm still leaving any scrapbooking of my family to you :)

missybossy65 said...

Stunning!!!! I had already seen this over at BitW and as soon as I saw it I knew it was yours :0) I love that you add so many quirky, fun elements - so cool!! p.s. I have removed the word verification - I thought I had already done it as I know how painful it is from other blogs :)

Annette said...

amazing eye for detail...look how adorable this page is. I love all the fun elements added to this page....those little cars are so fun and love that fun stitching...this is just an awesome page...

Laurel said...

Gorgeous layout, love that stitching!

Sherry Eckblad said...

WOWZA, that is one busy layout. Love every little detail on this one. Now if I could just get my journaling to look like that. Love all the different fonts you used on this.

Angi said...

Love the splash of orange and the other happy colors.

Hussena said...

Your LO is so full of lovely details...thank you so much for sharing these amazing tips...love the sticthing and all the fun elements you have added!!

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Chunyuan said...

LOVE love the tips in this post. Thanks!

Maggi said...

Great tips! And a fantastic layout!

Isha said...

Stunning page Yvonne. Thanks for all the tips.
Hugs

Lynnda Hosni said...

Ewe I love this Yvonne... You just inspired me again... wish I could create straightaway... but what a shame I'm in the office...This is layout is really stunning and full of surprises!!!... so many fun and lovely things to see... You are amazing!!!... I want to hug ya!!! Hugs...xoxo

Heather Jacob said...

fabulous absolutely fabulous .. this page is outstanding .... love all the colors and embellies .... such a perfect post too Yvonne, full of vital interesting info and perfectly clear and precise.. love it .... hugz x

Emily Keaton said...

Yvonne, this is terrific!! What a great round-up of tips, techniques, and tricks. Great work!

Blossom inch said...

i am going goo goo ga ga seeing your page Yvonne, really beautiful and fun tutorial!

snehal watwe welde said...

Thanks for the fun and helpful tips.have just started scrapbooking so this was really helpful and appreciated.gorgeous layout as usual.love all the elements and the way you built up a whole story

Dora said...

TFS!!! I love every detail of this one, so much to see!!!

Ujjwal said...

Fantastic tips especially for beginners like me :) Thanks a ton for sharing such useful information !

sandi said...

Wow! I love this! So busy, so neat looking!

Miae said...

Oh gosh, I love this page to all bits and pieces!! So fun and full of color!!

Kishley said...

One of the best tutorials from you!! :) :) You can write a totally drool-worthy book on your scrapbooking tips!!! I am surely going to buy one if you ever publish your book! :)

Alice Wertz said...

i think i have sad this 100 times before, but your attention to detail always amazes me. thank you so much for sharing the tips. love how you used those elements so beautifully to create this super fun layout!

Sharon said...

I love, love, LOVE this page and your 10 ways to add interest to your layout! So cool!!!!!! Thank you for sharing them with us.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this LO--I LOVE everything! Great tips and again--TOTALLY inspired:)

~amy~ said...

This is seriously fun...thanks for sharing...

Helen Tilbury said...

This was a great read!!

RiNNE said...

More wonderful tips!!! Awesome!

Julie E said...

You are making it look so easy now. Especially when you put it in list format! Great LO.

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