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Tutorial Tuesday – Embellishment Clusters

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Barb @ scrapbooknerd.com

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Nerd Academy on Scrapbook Nerd. This tutorial is all about embellishment clusters.

I love embellishing a page. It’s my favourite part of the whole layout process. I also love that the manufacturers give us plenty of embellishment options. Sometimes, however, you can look at all the bits and pieces and think “what am I supposed to do with all of this?”  Well, they are perfect for clustering onto a page.  I’m going to share with you an easy way of doing this.

To keep it simple, I have grabbed all the embellishments from the same collection, but you don’t have to do this.  It’s fun to mix and match all the bits from other collections that you have left over. Don’t be afraid to do that.  For this tutorial, I have used the Simple Stories Reset Girl collection – including some of the bits from the planner collection.

The first thing I do, is complete my page to the embellishment stage.  I like adhering my patterned paper and photos to this point so that I have a clear idea where my clusters will go.  I will also place my title according to where I think my clusters will go. When planning out your cluster placement, try and remember the triangle rule of composition, placing embellishments in a triangle to help guide the viewer’s eye around the page.


Before getting started with the clusters, I gather together a bunch of different embellishments of various sizes, and shapes, that I know will go together both in colour and in theme (I wouldn’t want to use a vintagey looking embellishment on a page that had nothing else in that style). Once I have gathered them together, I like to spread them out on the table in front of me so I can start putting different pieces together.


I always start with the larger pieces of my clusters and then work my way to smaller.


Once I have a larger piece, I start adding smaller pieces. I try to mimic icons in different cluster . As I go, I fiddle a little with different pieces.  I will layer pieces under some if the bigger pieces, as I did here, if I find I’m needing more colour in a cluster.

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When I do three clusters on a layout, one will be larger, one medium sized, and one smaller.

Once my clusters were done, I felt that all I needed to do was add some enamel accents with my Nuvo Crystal drops, and then I was done.


Thanks for checking out my tutorial.  I’d love to see what you create using embellishment clusters.  Be sure to share them with us by linking them here, in our gallery, or on the Scrapbook Nerd Friends and Fans Facebook Page.


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