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Scrapbooking Quick Tip: Using a Corner Rounder to Soften a Layout Design

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; Foam words: American Crafts; Heart punches: Recollections and Martha Stewart; Chipboard frames: Simple Stories; Word stickers: Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye; Vine cut files: Echo Park; Corner rounder: Fiskars; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: DMC

Now I know that using a corner rounder isn't exactly a revolutionary idea. These punches have been around longer than I've been a scrapbooker. But, they've somewhat become a forgotten tool for me. I don't use them near as much as I use to. I'll get them out to use for journaling blocks, but beyond that, they sit and collect dust. And, after creating this layout, I want to make an effort to use them more, because it's an easy way to give a softer look to a layout design. It's a subtle change that makes a big impact.

With this layout I used my corner rounder to round the edges of each background square, each corner of the photos, and the corners of the large photo mat.

So why did I decide to use a corner rounder with this layout? I really liked the Simple Stories chipboard frames and they have a rounded corner. I started out by rounding the corner of my photos to match the frames. Then that just snowballed into rounding the large photo mat to match the photos. I liked the look so much, I kept going and did the same to the background squares.

I think this layout reminded me that corner rounders are a great tool and one that I need to reach for more often!

This layout is based on a sketch from the Sketches for 6x6 Scrapbooking: Two-page Sketches bundle. It includes 20 two-page sketches that all feature designs that work with 6x6 papers.

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