When it comes to creating a layout, I often work in layers. There a lot of ways to build layers on a page, and today, I will share a simple approach for doing so.
Step 1. Gather potential paper layers. I always select papers based on the colors in my photos. I also try to select patterns that work with the mood of the page.
Step 2. Start big. I like to "ground' the still-to-come layers by beginning with a large piece (like this one from the Daily Flash Girl Talk collection), upon which I will add more layers.
Step 3. Work in layers of varying sizes, piece after piece. Try placing some pieces under others, not just over them. I don't usually add adhesive of any kind until I have played a bit with the arrangement of papers. When I like what I see, I add some double-stick tape to the center of each piece. Why tape? It allows me to pick up and move pieces if I decide to make any changes later in my process.
Step 4. Give your papers a lift. I like to place pop dots here and there on the page. They can add a boost to an entire sheet or a bit of dimension when placed under the corner of a single piece. Just be sure to think ahead before adhering the pop dots. If you plan to sew, you may want to remove certain sections from the layout and add stitching to those sections before placing pop dots behind them.
Step 5. Add accents, placing some over layers, others peeking out from under layers, and the rest in between layers. The chipboard pieces and metal badges from the Daily Flash collections make for the perfect additions to layered pages, not only adding dimension, but visual appeal as well.
Even alphabets can contribute to a layered effect.
Here's the completed layout:
Keep in mind that there is no single best approach for incorporating layers on a layout. It all comes down to what feels right to you, and what is most appealing to your eye. Experiment a bit, and see what works for you.
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