Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Motivation to scrap part 4

The layout that I have created today to illustrate dimension (although not handmade elements) is below. I have used some lovely Prima paper from Gotta Craft. You will see that I have cut out some of the labels or shapes on the back of this paper to use as a focal point to frame my photo. I used some deep blue script paper from the Prima Reflections range as a backing paper for this layout. You will see that I have added a dress form and opposite, some of the ostentatious new blooms from Prima. These dimnsional elements have corresponding colours and balance each other out. There is no real opportunity for much journalling on this layout, so I have just used it as a means of recording Lily aged 10 months.

Don't be afraid about buying or making dimensional elements. You can use chipboard that you have run through your die cutting machine which you can then paint and stamp or cover with patterned paper and sand. Flowers are an obvious place to start with this idea, but make sure that you don't overload your layout with too much of a good thing. In the same respect try not to have a dimensional element just 'hanging about' - make sure it has some kind of relationship with the other pieces on your page. It doesn't have to match the other colours, but if you are not sure, have a look at the colour wheel tutorial I did on yesterday's blog for some tips.

Texture can be created from many things that you already have in your stash - ribbon being one of the best starting points. If you are like me, then you will have reels of ribbons just waiting to be used, pleated and tied, but you never do, do you? I bet you have a box or clear jar full to the brim with beautiful satins, grosgrains that have been bought with the best of intentions, yet still never used. I really like some of the tutorials here. You will see on the layout below that I have used a similar technique to ruche some grosgrain ribbon
In the same layout I have added some handmade silk and tulle flowers. These were made just by folding and twirling the fabric around itself. You will need some fabric glue (or better still a hot glue gun) and then use Glossy Accents to adhere it to your cardstock or paper.

Another idea is to layer up flat accents such as chipboard shapes, buttons, etc to create a more dimensional look. On this layout I have layered a hear shaped piece of corrugated card, a scalloped piece of patterned paper, a felt heart and a button.

On this layout I have die cut a rosette and added a few buttons
One of my favourite ways to create dimension is with paper rolls. This technique is so simple and a brilliant way to use up your scraps. I have added a velvet ribbon on the layout below to group them all together.

This will be the last post on the Gotta Craft Shop Blog on how to get motivated to scrap again. You can hop over to my blog for the rest of the week for some more ideas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The work you have laid out is so awesome - and it is just simple every day things that we have. It makes me very motivated.