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Scrapbooking Quick Tip: Adding an Easy and Subtle Detail to Your Design

Try this quick tip to add an easy and subtle detail to the patterned papers on your layout.

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, chipboard, and stickers: Echo Park and My Mind’s Eye; Heart punch: Recollections, Martha Stewart, and Fiskars; Glitter cardstock: American Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Darling Romance (title) and Century Gothic (journaling)

I had this fun set of photos of Jackson and his grandma after one of his t-ball games. There were so many cute moments captured between them and I wanted to create a layout that gave me an opportunity to include as many photos as I could. I turned to a sketch from my Sketches for 6x6 Paper Pads: Two-page Sketches bundle for inspiration.

I liked that the large block of 3 x 3” photos gave me the opportunity to fit so many of photos on a layout.

Most of the layout is covered in 3 x 3" squares of patterned paper with the exception of the middle section where the title is. I wanted to add a little extra detail to the patterned paper squares, but I didn't want to go overboard since there's already so much going on with this layout. I finally decided to add a punched heart to the center of a few of them.

The heart is punched from the same patterned paper so it’s a very subtle detail that ties in with the theme of my layout. I distressed the edges by running my finger nail along the edges so that it would stand out since I’m layering the same pattern on top of the same pattern. You could also use foam adhesive, ink, or paint around the edges to make it stand out even more.

Personally, with this layout, I like the softer look of a simple distressed edge. It stands out, but not so much that it distracts away from the important detail - the photos.

So there you go! If you ever want to add a little more detail to patterned paper pieces, whether it's a larger background or strips or squares, try adding a punched shape in the same pattern.

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