It may come as no surprise to you that I love the layered look on my layouts. If you have seen even one of my layouts, hopefully that is obvious! So how can I be writing today about adding layers? Don’t I already have enough?
You can never have too many layers!!
Okay, maybe if your layout needs a shadow box rather than a page protector you have moved into the “too many layers” category. Just saying!
I’ve also been completely transparent that I find huge inspiration from Shimelle Lain. I love how she mixes patterned papers together. I love how she embraces layers and layers and then adds more layers for good measure. While my own layouts may not have quite so many as hers, it’s probably a close second! Why am I telling you all this? Well, recently I’ve been re-watching all the videos by Shimelle’s sparkly alter ego, Glitter Girl. With the demise of Two Peas in a Bucket, Glitter Girl has gone back to the place she came from and, quite frankly, the world is a little less shiny because of it.
One layout in particular struck a chord with me as I was watching it and I decided to try to recreate a lot of the techniques with my own supplies. Here’s the Glitter Girl adventure for you to enjoy!
And my take on it.
I started with that birch bark patterned paper and a 4×6 card from an older Dear Lizzy pack that had die cut hearts in it. I’m sure it’s “supposed” to be used in pocket page scrapbooks as is but I’ve used it more than once as a stencil.Taking colour cues from the photo I grabbed two shades each of three different colours of stamping ink. Then came the messy part – if you don’t like getting your fingers messy I’d highly recommend investing in several of the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tools. I don’t have these so … well, let’s just say you could tell I’d been crafting that day!
Following Glitter Girl’s example, I drew light pencil marks where my photo would be and stamped the hearts in a frame all around those marks. Once I was happy with the hearts I moved on to step two – random stamped images. I happened to have the same stamp set as Glitter Girl – Amy Tangerine’s acrylic stamps from the Plus one collection (I’ve looked and they appear to be discontinued) so I used that as well as other small stamps I dug out from my stash. A lot of it is completely covered but I’m okay with that. I like all the bits you can see peeking out from behind everything else I piled on top! When I figured I’d added enough stamped images, I applied splashes of Gold Lame Color Shine from Heidi Swapp. When that was dry I started building the rest of my layout.
I’m no stranger to layers, as I’ve said, but this time I purposefully went a bit further than I normally would. Especially with all the embellishments!
I pulled out chipboard shapes from Dear Lizzy’s Fine and Dandy collection, a gold bobby pin from the same collection, enamel dots, stickers from Shimelle’s True Stories and a couple different sticker sheets from Crate Paper, a dimensional camera from their Kraft Market collection plus whatever else I could find hanging about!
There is definitely more embellishment on this layout than I’d normally add but I love it! I’ve got a large photo, a good sized journaling block and a title. As far as I’m concerned the rest is free play space!
I had a lot of fun creating this layout. Feel like making one of your own? Go for it! Watch Glitter Girl’s video and see what you have in your own stash that you can use. And then just play!
Happy Wednesday, enjoy the rest of your week!