Monday, July 30, 2012

Layering and Embellishment Cluster Process: Tap It (My Mind's Eye Love Me)

Many of you have left me the nicest comments about the layering and embellishment clusters on my pages. You've asked how I do it, so here's a bit about my process.

Step #1: For this particular layout, I didn't have many embellishments from the collection I was working with and quite frankly, I probably couldn't have used them since they have a Valentine's Day theme. What I did instead was sift through a bin in my craft room that is filled with odds and ends. Some pieces are leftovers from collections I've used up, others are more "generic" in nature (like flowers). After sifting through the bin, this is the pile I came up with. I pretty much wanted to stick with pink, black, and white to keep the look of the layout cohesive (but as you'll see later, I ended up adding in more color). :)


Step #2: Now it's time to decide where to place the major page elements. I just keep shifting things around until the arrangement is pleasing to my eye (this will vary from person to person). I wanted to keep the patterns simple because the photo and the text on the program make it a bit busy.


Step #3: I've decided I want this to be an interactive layout (meaning whoever looks at the page would be able to remove the program and photo). I decided to create a pocket and, since this post is about how I embellish and layer, we can't leave the pocket plain, right?. :) Let's sift through the embellishments selected in step #1 and see what might work. I liked the "d" (to stand for "dance") but it wasn't the right color. I figured I would paint it later to match the rest of the page. So far I like this.


Step #4: Now it's time to start filling the white space on the right side of the page. Again, I go to the embellishments chosen in step #1.


Step #5: I'm starting to like it but the top right still feels like it needs something. Maybe these "la la" transparency words from Heidi Swapp will do the trick.  The circles are actually centers from corrugated alphas by Jillibean Soup. Maybe I'll chalk them or ink them but I'm not sure yet. I also added in a metal accent over the program. That may be of help when it comes to anchoring the program pages in place but still allow them to be removed.


Step #6: Here's the finished product. :) Yes, the page took a bit of a different direction than the original. The "skeleton" of the page stayed the same, but many elements were added too.


1. As I mentioned earlier, I brought in more color, starting with green to match the gloves Alexa is wearing.

2. Rather than leave the photo as a separate piece, I adhered it to the front program and embellished beside it. Why did I do this? Well, the second program (which was for a later show) is basically the same so I really didn't need to be able to read the top program.

3. The embellishment cluster in the bottom right had too much pink so I traded out the epoxy "dance" sticker and the "d" in lieu of adding in some blue and green to tie this section to the rest of the page. To balance this cluster, I added the title to the bottom left of the pocket.

4. I ended up using the "la la la..." transparencies but took away the corrugated circles, adding in another chipboard "d" and a photo corner instead.

So that's my process, in a nutshell (and in photos). :) Thanks for visiting today!

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20 comments:

  1. just fabulous!! love your layering style!!!

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  2. truly awesome!! all the embellies!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing how you put a page together! That's AWESOME!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee your lo!! LOVING the colors and as always ... your title ROCKS!!!!!!!

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  4. Absolutely amazing!!!
    Love the step by step to see how you do it!
    Just a great layout overall :)

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  5. Oh, I have soooo been wanting a peek at your process. Thanks so much. Love seeing how you put the page together. Adding in bits of green really solidified the page. This turned out really cute and I love the way you made the page interactive. Great way to preserve the memorabilia.

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  6. ooooo awesome page as always and great step by step.

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  7. Love the peek into your process! Fabulous layering!

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  8. I love your process... Awesome layout. I just love all the layering and bits and pieces... Thanks for sharing.

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  9. You're a gem, Lisa! Thank you so very much for sharing your process (oh and with pictures.. how cool!) with us!!! That's really interesting and helpful! THANKS!
    Oh, and of course it's another gorgeous page you've created!!! :)
    Sylvia xx

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  10. Very nice - love the step by step process and title is too cute!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your process. Always interesting in seeing how others go about their pages!

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  12. You know what, that is a really fun combo of goodness.

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  13. Thank you for sharing-I love your layering process. This layout is so cute. I love this "behind the scenes" look at how you create!

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  14. This is an awesome layering job and its awesome that you made it interactive!

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  15. Just love all those embellishments...I really need to dig through mine and get them out a bit more often - you work them so well :)

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  16. oh, so very fun to see your process!!!!

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  17. so many great tied together layers! Thanks for sharing your step by step!

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  18. Beautiful layout Lisa, and I don't think it looks "Valentine" at all! Loving your new profile photo! Love Penny

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