Hi everyone! It's Becky here today with a little tutorial about using scraps for your layers on projects. I've heard lots of talk on scrapbook message boards about whether or not to save scraps. I have always saved my salvagable scraps. If I like a pattern paper a lot, I will likely save the smallest of scraps. Years ago, before I had my own punches, I would go to my local scrapbook store with a huge bag of scraps, and sit and chat with other scrapbookers, while I punched out shapes. It was so gratifying!
So I thought it would be fun to share with you how I put together a really layered up page using my scraps. The only full sheet of cardstock/paper is the white background. Here are the scraps and tools I used:
I had some of my essentials for scrapbooking in place too, like my iced coffee and ipad : )
The two plastic containers (top right) are how I store my products. I like to store things according to collections. So the two containers on the table have two of my all time favorite October Afternoon collections-Farmhouse and Midway. They work beautifully together. I think all of the OA collections work well together.
I went through each of the two containers and simply pulled out all the little bits and pieces. That's what is on the table in the paper pile.
I pulled out a few pieces from the farmhouse flower sack pack and a couple of label stickers to tuck between layers.
The way that I like to layer is building from the photo. So for this 5x6.5" photo, I layered a few papers under and then added a few pieces to the front. The arrow was simply cut from the Midway arrow paper and attached. I like to have one larger scrap of paper behind the photo anchoring it. In this case it's the gray gingham.
Here's the finished layout. I tucked little pieces in here and there until I felt like it was balanced and then I machine stitched the base before attaching it to the background.
Here's a detail shot:
I want to share a couple of super simple tips that I have figured out about layering and creating this type of layout.
- If you are going to be using standard page protectors with your layouts in albums, trim your background page to about 1/4-1/2 inch smaller than the standard size. So if you are a 12x12 scrapbooker, trim your layout down to 11.5"x11.5. This will allow a little extra space for the depth.
- When you stitch on a layout, try to use the stitching to adhere pieces, rather than adhesive. If you use adhesive, it will build up on your needle and cause big problems! A little adhesive in a spot that you won't be stitching on, just to hold it together is fine, just be lighthanded with it. The stitching is a great way to hold the layers together.
- Use a few different shapes and edgings so that it's not just a stack of papers. Tucking the circle shapes and scallop edge pieces adds interest and breaks up the straight lines.