Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Layering Paper and Embellishments on Your Layouts

The Counterfeit Kits we each create every month are just so much fun and packed with patterned paper and embellishments.  Most of the time they are REALLY packed with patterned paper and embellishments.  I don't know about all of you, but when I'm pulling my items for my kit it's just so hard to stop grabbing "the perfect" coordinating supplies once I am on a roll!  Sometimes my kits get really large.  While I'm creating with my Counterfeit Kit I want to really USE all of these great coordinating supplies.  What better way to use lots of product on a layout than layering!  You can layer paper and cluster/layer embellishments.  I love the look of embellishment clusters, and I think beautiful layering adds so much to a layout...but I think this look can sometimes be hard to achieve.  So I found the following tutorials on various "layering, clustering, and embellishing" techniques.

Photo taken from Ali Edward's Blog

  • In the following article, Leslie Langdon takes us through a step by step process of creating a beautifully layered layout.  She uses lots of textures and product in this tutorial.  Layers, Layers, Layers 

  • In this article, Jennifer Larson describes exactly how she creates embellishment clusters.  She even has a "formula" for choosing which embellishments she uses!  The result...perfectly embellished layouts!Layering Embellishments

  • This article by Jolene gives a few general hints and tips about creating interesting and appealing embellishment clusters.  Embellishment Clusters

  • Jamie takes us step by step through the process that she uses in creating a layout with plenty of layers and perfectly placed embellishments.  Playing With Layers

  • The following video, by Paperclipping.com, clearly describes the visual weight of various embellishments depending on their size, color, and texture.  The instructor, Noell, also describes how to balance the visual weight of a layout through the use of embellishments.  I found it very interesting and helpful.  I hope you do as well.  How To Use Embellishments to Balance Your Layout.

  • Our Guest Counterfeiter this month, Jen, does some beautiful layering and embellishment clusters on her layouts.  You might want to check out her blog for some inspiration.  http://jennifer-shaw.blogspot.com/

I hope this gives you a little motivation and direction when it comes to embellishing and layering your layouts.  Now dig into your supplies and USE those embellishments that you love to collect!


  1. THANK YOU! I stink at layering but love the look. I will be back tonight to read these awesome articles!

  2. Oh THANK YOU for the links!! I need to learn how to embellish my pages alittle better.

  3. I've been working on mastering the art of layering, so these tutorials have arrived in the nick of time! Thank you!

  4. I love the dimension and interest that layering adds and embellishing is my favourite part of the LO process. I'll be checking out these great links. :)

  5. I love the look of layering on my projects, and these tutorials are perfect examples! Thanks so much!

  6. Definitely going to check out all of these links. I'm okay with embellishing (I think) but I love the layered paper look and I need to do a bit more of that!

    Getting antsy about this month's reveal. It seems to be coming around soooo slowly :)