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Tips and Tricks

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Hey Nerds! Sarah here to share a few tips and tricks I use on my layouts to add visual interest to my designs.  For this first layout, I wanted to emulate the knitted look of that old 70’s beer hat I was wearing!


I knew this alphabet from The Cut Shoppe would work as a perfect title for my layout because it kind of reminds me of string wrapped around the letters. I backed my alphabet with cream cardstock and coloured them in with Prisma colours.




The papers in this line worked so perfectly with this photo too! I cut out a few of the square hearts that already had stitching in it, but I wanted to enhance the stitched look again by stitching around the squares. I popped the squares up with pop dots to make them stand out even more. Adding sewing to your layouts can really add visual interest to your designs!


Another thing I like to do with my layouts sometimes Is mess them up with paint and gesso! It’s a lot of fun to get inky and you can do so many things with it!

For this layout, I loved the patterned paper and thought it would go really well with the apron I was wearing in the picture, but it was missing that purpley pink colour, so I used an old credit card to swipe a layer of gesso down (you don’t have to be neat with this. The whole idea is to have it look a little messy), after the gesso dried (which is almost instant because the layer was so thin), I used the same technique to put on some beautiful plum paint! I love the layer it adds to the layout and the richness and depth!



I wanted to add a little more texture to my layout, so I got out my trusty stencils and just dabbed a little orange paint over it. That’s one of my favourite techniques. So easy to do, and the best part about it is, if you don’t like it, paint over it! lol

Another fun tip when using die cuts, whether it’s from a Silhouette like these leaves, or from a manual die cutting machine, is to cut out your designs in white or cream cardstock and paint them the colours you want them to be. I love doing this because it gives a little more dimension to your die cuts! Notice how they’re not just a solid orange and you can see some of the brush strokes? It just gives it that beautiful organic look





I hope you have been inspired to try something you wouldn’t normally do and I can’t wait to see what you create! Don’t forget to add it to the Scrapbook Nerd Gallery!




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