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Tuesday Tutorial – Stacking for Dimension

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Hello everyone!  Welcome to 2017 and our first Scrapbook Nerd Academy of this brand new year!  We are hoping that this year brings you lots of creative inspiration and lots of time to play. We also hope that our Tuesday Tutorials can play a part in inspiring you to get creative!

During some of my internet wanderings I came across this card tutorial on Lori Whitlock”s Blog and loved the stacked look which added a lot of depth to the card.  I decided to give it a try on a layout.  My goal was to do somewhat of a shadow box effect. I’m not sure if I managed to create that effect, but I do love the finished product and how the stacking draws the viewer’s eye into the page.  I will be trying this again, but possibly with more stacks to try and achieve the shadow box effect a little better.

First, here’s a look at the finished layout:

How I did it:

Supplies: I used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection, 5 sheets of white cardstock, something to cut circles in varying sizes with – I don’t have a large format Silhouette – I own the Portrait. So to cut out the circles I used a very old tool called the Coluzzle, adhesive

The first step was to determine the size and placement of the circles. I started with the largest circle on the top piece of cardstock. I made a template for my largest circle and positioned them onto my cardstock.

Since I wasn’t using my silhouette to make my circles, I needed to make sure that all my circles lined up evenly.  To do this, I pulled out my new tool – the Laser Square by We R Memory Keepers. I love this tool!

Once my circle templates were positioned, I took a pencil and traced them so I would know where to make my cuts with the Coluzzle.

Then I cut the circles using my Coluzzle.

Once the top piece of cardstock was cut with the largest circles, I used that sheet to trace the circles onto the second sheet so I had a guide for where to cut the next smaller-sized circles.

I followed the same procedure two more times.

Once I finished cutting the circles, I stacked the sheets of cardstock – the sheet with the smallest circles on the bottom and the largest on the top.

After erasing the pencil lines, I placed my two photos under the circles where I wanted them, and then patterned paper under the other ones. On the circles with the patterned paper I place some printed die-cuts.

Then, it was quick to add my title and a few embellishments to the top right corner.

I’m looking forward to trying this technique again and playing with even more dimension.

I hope this has inspired you to try this out. If you do, I would love to see your finished project, so be sure to link it up in the comments here, or on our facebook page.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial. Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another tutorial by our Design Team.

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