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Design Lab: Big Layers

Hello and welcome to ‘The Design Lab’ a new feature for 2014 where we will explore new techniques, tips, tricks and the chemistry behind all things creative!

The Color Wash collection has great designs, textures, and soft colors built in to every pattern.  This collection gives you a watercolor effect without getting messy! The Color Wheel paper with the large letters inspired the title, the theme, and the entire design for my layout.


To create this “large” layering look I layered large pieces of pattern paper over cardstock to resemble a pin board with notes pinned to it.  (tip:  curl the edges to give them more lift).  Using more Color Wash paper, I die cut one of the square frames from the Pink Paislee digital cutting files shop to layer under my photo.  Next I cut hearts selecting paper with a color that would still be subtle but bring the eye around the layout.  I used the inside of the die cut frame but the reverse side and tucked it under one of the layers to bring more color and dimension to the layers.  I mat my photo in a sheet from the 6×6 paper pad, but also mat in white cardstock to help it stand out from the pattern paper background.


Next, I add a little watered down Gelatos onto the Hey Kid “grid” Paper to resemble and repeat the look and colors at the top of the layout.  I selected a different color that would stand out as the title for “LOVE” and stitched it into place, leaving the thread to hang.  The Color Wash triangle stickers help to draw or point the eye to my title and the Sentiment Series stickers tucked under a large layer help add to the theme!





When working with larger pieces of pattern paper, keep your layout in the same shades or tints (either light or dark), add die cuts or embellishments in a color to stand out from the background to bring your eye around the layout (the hearts), keep embellishments light, keep the layers loose, give “breathing room” from the area of the photo (the white cardstock helps), and add enough color and/or embellishments to create the “triangle” in your design.

Thank you for joining me today in Design Lab.


Collections used:  Color Wash CollectionSentiment Series, Hey Kid

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3 Responses to "Design Lab: Big Layers"

  • Amante del Papel
    February 6, 2014 - 11:50 am

    is really beauty!

  • Jean A Marmo
    February 6, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    Oh my – how cool!

  • Melissa Morrelli
    February 6, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!