Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How to Stretch Your Embellishments by Lisa Swift

Hello! My Creative Scrapbook design team member Lisa Swift is sharing some tips today featuring our September Creative kit!

Here's Lisa:

Hi everyone! It's Lisa here today to show you how to make your kit embellishments go further. I have a bunch of ideas to share with you.

1. Cut elements from a piece of patterned paper. Look at all of the wonderful arrows and word bubbles on Echo Park's Here & Now Chalkboard Quotes paper! Let's cut some out and use them on a layout, shall we?


 I used three word bubbles on this layout (highlighted by black dotted boxes) and still have plenty (plus the woodgrain side of the paper) left to use on other projects.



2. Combine diecuts to create an embellishment cluster or scene (highlighted by black dotted box). I layered two frames (only using a portion of the yellow one so I have the rest to use another time) and added in the hot air balloon, "best friends" diecut, some flowers, a couple of arrows and a heart. Letting some of the elements extend beyond the frame visually connects this cluster with other areas of the page.



Here's a closer look at the cluster:



3. Cut up your stickers. The half circle stickers you see on this page (highlighted by black dotted circles) were originally full circles. I cut them in half so I could accent multiple pockets on the Project Life page protector. Did you also notice that I used idea #2 for the top right pocket? A frame, combined with arrows and stickers creates another fun cluster.



I hope I've inspired you to look at your kit embellishments in a new way. Layer them up. Cut them apart. Stretch your embellishments.

Lisa Swift
My Creative Scrapbook Design Team Member

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Here's our September Creative kit:

(Click here to purchase our Creative kit)

Have a look at another beautiful layout that Lisa created using the kit:


Be sure to visit Lisa's blog for even more inspiration!

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

1 comment:

Helen Tilbury said...

I love your layouts Lisa! I agree with all your tips!! I love fussy-cutting to really stretch my supplies & create inexpensive embellishments - great tutorial!