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Pink Paislee – 2×2 Paper Pads: Everyday Layout

Hello everyone! It’s Enza, and today I’m kicking off 2×2 Paper Pads week on the Pink Paislee blog with a fun layout that I really enjoyed making. I absolutely love this idea of the 2×2 Paper Pads included in the Turn the Page collection. They feature a miniature version of the bigger pattern papers that is totally adorable and very versatile, perfect to use with paper punches or to create geometric backgrounds, as embellishments, and even as pages for the tiniest mini album πŸ˜‰

The layout I’m sharing today shows how you can easily use the 2×2 Paper Swatches to achieve a lovely mix of colors and patterns.

The choice of patterns was mostly based on color. I wanted to focus on the pink, teal, and gold hues in the collection, and also create a background that best showcased them. As soon as I saw this cut file from Just Nick I fell in love with it. It mimics the shape of the Paper Swatches, and adds a fun twist to it. I simply backed the openings with the selected papers to form two big corners. For the diagonal row in the middle section I just used vellum, as it brings softness and an added element of interest to the page. Everything was adhered down with foam dots for a bit of dimension.

I then built the layers behind my picture to include several patterned papers from the collection, fussy cut flowers, and Journaling Spots. The gold details are just gorgeous!!!

The banners on the right-hand side of the photos are from the cut apart sheet. I just punched tiny holes on the top to thread some twine through them and scattered various embellishments here and there to tie everything together. I like how the red elements add the right pop of color.

That is all for today, friends. I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and got inspired to use the 2×2 Paper Pads on your next layout. Have a lovely day!

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Pink Paislee – Stamping: Heat-Embossing Technique For A Unique Background

Hello everyone! I am back to share a new layout with you today. Stamps are a great way to add variety and uniqueness to your projects. The stamp set included in the Turn The Page collection is so much fun and allows for lots of different and creative uses. Today I want to show you how I created my own patterned paper to use as background with a simple technique: heat-embossing.

This picture of my daughter walking on a carpet of leaves called for a fall-themed page. The colors in the Turn The Page collection are perfect for it, and so are the stamps. I decided to use the three type of leaves included in the stamp set to create a repeated pattern on a 12×12 white cardstock. I chose to go with a diagonal design, so I only stamped one portion of it. I heat-embossed the images to create a resist, as I was planning on blending some inks onto it to bring in more colors that coordinated with the collection. I love the texture that this technique adds, and also the simplicity of it. After stamping the leaves with VersaMark ink, I applied my favorite embossing powder and zapped it with a heat gun. Easy peasy. It is certainly a time-consuming technique, but the results are so worth it.

Once my background was ready, I started working on the embellishments. I knew I wanted to bring in lots of leaves to highlight and continue the theme of the page. I cut out different shapes in a variety of colors, mostly from scraps I had leftover from other projects, and layered them on both sides of the picture. I also incorporated bigger leaves that were cut out of white cardstock to add an extra layer of texture.

The 2×2 Paper Swatches included in the Turn the Page collection are so fun and perfect to add details and sentiments to your pages.

For the title, I adhered one of the clear stickers to white cardstock and fussy cut around it. To separate it from the white background and make it stand out more I placed some washi tape underneath it. Same idea was behind the decision of matting my layout with Paper 09. I love the contrast between the white and the blue.

I had a lot of fun creating this layout. Stamps are so versatile and can be used to achieve different and unique looks. Give it a try!

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Altenew – Achieving Dimension On Your Layout

Hello there! Today I would like to share three easy tips on how to achieve dimension on your scrapbook pages.
If you have had the chance to check out my previous posts and projects, you may have noticed that my style is very clean and simple. I usually focus on one element or a few colors and repeat them throughout the layout to create continuity and achieve a cohesive look. Because of the simplicity of my pages, I found that a few easy tricks can really make a difference in terms of adding dimension and interest to them.

  • Building Layers
This is my absolute favorite and can be achieved in a lot of different ways, that is with patterned papers, mixed media, ephemera pieces, washi tape. The possibilities are endless. I often layer cut files and die cuts to give the design more depth. For my layout today, I cut a beautiful clematis wreath twice. I chose white card stock for the bottom layer, and a gorgeous watercolor patterned paper included in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection for the top one. Vellum is also another option and I love the delicate touch it adds, but I decided not to use here.

  • Have Fun With Your Elements

Play with your elements and don’t be afraid to modify them. Here I opted to adhere the first wreath directly onto the background, but fussy cut the flowers out of the watercolor one to obtain individual shapes. My goal was to make them look like they were floating on the page and create shadows and lots of dimension. Foam dots are a must-have in this case.

  • Diversify Your Embellishments
Mixing up the type of embellishments you use adds extra texture and interest. Stickers, chipboard stickers, stamped images, and die cuts contribute to create dimension by adding different heights. The flowers you see here were fussy cut from the Doodled Lace Cover Die. I love the stitched details! I also heat-embossed several little flowers included in the Amazing You stamp set with Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder and scattered them all around the wreath. To match the colors of the layout, I water colored them by using inks.
I hope you’ll find these simple tips helpful and inspiring. I would love to hear what you think πŸ™‚
Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!