Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Scrapbook Process: Embellishing for Oomph & Polish

Before the new issue goes live over at Masterful Scrapbook Design today, I thought I'd offer one more example of adding Oomph and Polish to a page, this time with an emphasis on repetition.

I started the page with a subtle kraft tone-on-tone background, then added thin borders of patterned paper to the top and bottom. A mat of three patterned paper strips mounted on kraft card stock defines my main working area.

Next I added some twine hand-stitching to the border for interest. The photos were placed on top of my mat, with the larger focal point picture mounted on white card stock and pop dotted.


I placed the title below the photos and made the two o's in "cookies" an eye-catching element. I chose Thickers, cork shapes and punches to design this word. Then I used my Silhouette and Arial Narrow font to fill in the rest of the title in the remaining space. It's great to be able to customize words to fit like this. Now I am ready to embellish the page by repeating shapes, colors and textures.


Collection Featured: Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest
Can you find the repetition? Here's what to look for on the finished layout.
  • Shape: circles, stars
  • Color: white, orange
  • Texture: white canvas, cork
Here's a close-up of those cork shapes from Little Yellow Bicycle. I picked up the entire Naturals Collection at my LSS, Scrappy Chic. So versatile.


In this embellishment cluster you can see the repetition of shape, color and texture.

I'm learning to use stick pins on my pages. It's easy if you use raised adhesive, because that's where the pin gets stuck. I couldn't help adding another touch of hand stitching. Yet another repetition.

If you get stuck on what to do next on a layout, repetition can help you find the way. What is already on your page that you could repeat in some fashion somewhere else?


22 comments:

  1. What a striking layout simple but so effective tfs

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  2. Great page Sue- love the addition of the cork!

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  3. Another great tutorial & layout :)

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  4. This is wonderful!! Thank you for these awesome tips!!

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  5. I like those embellishments for the 'oo' in cookies with the additional circles around the photos. Really draws you in. And I like that you gave the rest of the title a subtle element to rest upon. Great page!

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  6. I love your thought process and how this all came together! Fabulous LO!

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  7. Love the layered Os in the title, Sue. This is a wonderful page and I love seeing how your pages come together!

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  8. gorgeous layout and I toured your crafty space~what a wonderful space. I statred with CM too. Was a consultant for 7 years:):)

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  9. fabulous in every way! i especially love the stitched twine - such a subtle touch but adds so much!

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  10. Love it Sue! The title work is great!

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  11. Love the repeating elements...the cork embellishments are fab!
    Alison xx

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  12. Its beautiful Sue! hugs...x

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  13. Such cute title work!
    And I love the mat design :)

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  14. What great snaps! And what great scraps!

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  15. Great layout! Love all of the embellishments!

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  16. Great post!!! Love the hand stitched twine! :) Evie

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  17. Thanks for all the helpful details. Very inspiring!

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  18. Fun page! Yum - love me a good cookie! Cool cork accents. Since I have no LSS anymore, will have to see where I can find them online. :)

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  19. What a great page! Love your hand stitching!

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