I was super excited to get the assignment of creating a layout featuring layers because it gave me a good excuse to play with all the fun patterned papers from the Thankful Collection – a collection that I have declared my all time fave from Elle’s Studio!
When I sit down to create with layers, my first step is always to sort out my supplies that I want to use. To make this process go quickly, I have a set of guidelines that I follow when I am picking them out. First, I want to go for a variety of papers and I look for large and small patterns, patterns that are more solid in color, multi-colored patterns, and neutrals. Generally, I will only choose one multi-colored patterned paper and will base my other choices off of what will work that particular piece of paper. Also, I won’t choose papers that are too similar in pattern. Second, I will look for matching tags and labels that I can layer in with my papers. Finally, I look for products such as washi tape or vellum to add in additional texture. Having all of my basic supplies pulled out and ready to go is a real time saver and lets me have a visual of all my options as I work.
I like to take a fairly simple approach to building layers. I always start with my “star” paper-the paper I want to feature the most. In this case I went with the darkest blue paper and used it as my top layer. Underneath I mixed in the rest of the papers, making sure only a little bit of each peaked out from behind. To make this process easier, I like to staple the papers together and then attach them to the base with adhesive. Stapling also leaves me the option of easily adding in more pieces as I go.
Finally, I like to use pop dots to add dimension to my layers. Here I adhered the photo and some diecuts from the Bits & Pieces pack with them.
I hope these guidelines and tips inspire you to create some fun layers on your next project!