Texture doesn’t have to mean adding a ton of embellishments. This layout is a great example of creating texture on your page easily—just by using your paper.
LeNae started with a simple denim patterned paper. She cut down a piece of vintage blue roses paper, then tore the bottom edge. She added a thin strip of black cardstock across the top, then added alphabet tiles. LeNae matted her main photo on navy blue cardstock, leaving room at the bottom for more alphabet tiles and tearing the bottom edge, then matted it on black cardstock, again tearing the bottom edge. LeNae matted both of the other photos on black cardstock, trimming closely.
Patterned Paper Tip:
This page features two unlikely patterned papers—denim and floral. The two work together because they share like colors. LeNae also used navy and black cardstock, tying in the tones of the photos with the paper. “I had a set of my photos printed black & white, giving me more options for using patterned papers,” she said.
LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Adding Texture
Adding texture to a layout is actually very simple, even without fibers and other 3-D items. This denim paper is a great example—it works well for a background paper because it looks like a textured solid. The cut down piece of vintage blue roses makes the denim outside look like a frame, adding dimension. LeNae tore the bottom edge of the blue roses paper, creating an uneven edge that is interesting and leads the eye up the page to the photos. The eye flows from the torn edge to the bottom right photo, up the page to the top portion of the title, then to the main photo and the second part of the title, then right back down to the torn-edge mat, which ties it all together.
LeNae’s Steps to Making This Layout:
- For the background: Use the denim patterned paper as your background piece. Cut a 10 1/4” x 10 1/2” piece of vintage blue roses and tear the bottom edge. Glue the vintage roses to the center of the denim paper.
- Mat your photos: Mat the two smaller photos on black cardstock, with an 1/8” border. Mat the main photo on navy cardstock, cutting to 1/8” along the top and sides and tearing to a 3/4” border along the bottom. Mat again on black cardstock, again cutting the top and sides close and tearing the bottom edge. Glue this matted photo to the center left of the blue roses paper and the other two to the right side as shown.
- Add the alphabet tiles: Cut a 1/2” strip of black cardstock and attach it about 1/2” below the top edge of the blue roses paper. Use foam tape to add the alphabet tiles that spell out “Daddy’s”, using a silver gel pen to add the apostrophe. Attach the tiles that spell “Girl” to the bottom of the main photo mat with foam tape.
- patterned Paper Pizazz®: vintage blue roses: Joy’s Vintage Papers (also available by the sheet); denim )(by the sheet)
- solid Paper Pizazz®: navy, black cardstock: Dark Cardstock Collection
- Paper Pizazz® Alphabet Tiles (also available by the sheet )
- silver gel pen
- foam tape
- basic supplies: scissors, acid-free adhesive