I know I’m still down on videos – I owe you all a LOT but that doesn’t mean I still don’t have things to share! 😉
I’ve been thinking a lot about Texture, there are many ways to add texture to projects, and this particular project that I made, I added texture a few ways and I wanted to share them with you. Many you may already know about and use often, but if this gives you just one small idea about adding a different texture to your projects; I’ve done my job 😉
Ways to Add Texture:
- Cuttlebug with Embossing plates – Unexpected Shapes and Items on your Scrapbook Layout
- Use a variety of textured embellishments such as Glossy Alpha stickers, Glitter, Metals, etc
- Use Viva Decor Pearl Pens – and Use them OFTEN!
- 3D U Cut It Foam Adhesive to add variety in embellishments
Now Let’s Create this Fishy Layout using the Cricut, Paper Layerz, Picturesque Cricut Cartridge, Four Legged Friends Cricut Cartridge, Viva Decor Pearl Pens, Cuttlebug, Small Dots Embossing Folder, Herringbone Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and the Be You Paper from Fancy Pants Designs.
When we moved to Wisconsin, the kids and I went out the first week and bought our first ever Fish. Two Betas, one named Noni and the other Goppie the Bubble Guppie… ahh I love My kids 😉
I started with Be You Paper from Fancy Pants Designs – I stinkin’ LOVE this collection and HIGHLY recommend getting the Kit HERE. I use it ALL the stinkin’ time and I’m ready to purchase a second set of it! YES I love it THAT Much! I can’t help getting sucked into trends of scrapbooking and used the Chevron Pattern for this Scrapbook Layout. (It also looks great with the Herrinbone Cuttlebug Folder)
I started by cutting the Papers to size I wanted – which doesn’t have to be exact, but around 11.5″x6″ for the Yellow/Orange Paper and about 11.5″x5″ for the Chevron Pattern paper. I also used my Fiskars Scallop Border Punch along the bottom of the Orange paper – again its about the texture.
I matted my photos with the Orange Paper and placed them as equally as possible inside the strip.
Then I used the Chocolate Megan Elizabeth Chipboard Stickers for my “First Fishies” title.
Now, let’s cut out those two fishies from one sheet of Paper Layerz Sprinkles Field Day paper.
I used the Cricut “Four Legged Friends” Cricut Cartridge to cut out both of the Beta Fishies you see. One I cut at 3.5″ the other at 2.25″.
Simply guide your cutting blade to the upper right corner of each square you wish the image to cut in the color block. This sheet really cut out all the layers of these two fish! What a money and time saver!!! If you want to learn more about Paper Layerz and how to cut with it, you can watch the DVD for Free online HERE.
I took my Black Viva Decor Peal Pen for the Eyes of the Fish and just dotted them inside the little cut outs. Again, its about the texture of that, which is glossy and really made the eyes stand out.
Now I also cut out the Fish Bowl from the same cartridge at 5.5″ using misc. Cardstocks in my stash, but I wanted TEXTURE! So I first wrote my journaling inside the “water” part of the bowl with my Acid Free Bic Mark It Markers – then I ran it through my friends Blue Cuttlebug with the Small Dots Embossing Folder.
I then took the outer layer of the Fish Bowl (the outline) and I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Herringbone folder. I felt like it tied the Chevron pattern together and just was subtle enough to not distract from the journaling…because that is more important to me. I want to tell my story on my scrapbook layouts!
Now this is something I’m excited about with this layout! Using the Picturesque Cricut Cartridge, the Corners Creative Feature and this fun little shape, I drew the eye across the page, tied in more paper from the layout into this textural element. Cutting out this shape in .25″ increments from 3″ to 1/2″ all in papers used in the layout, I created my own little textured “fishy tail” embellishment. You can run these through the Cuttlebug as well, but I just curled the tails and inked edges using the Megan Elizabeth Chocolate Ink Edgerz. Ink is another great way to add texture and dimension through illusions of color change. It’s perfect!
I finished off the layout using Light Blue and White Pearl Pens by Viva Decor to give the look of “bubbles” and once again that glossy/pearlized texture this layout required!
That pretty much sums it up and finishes the layout! All in all, with planning and cutting all elements took me around 45 minutes to complete, but I think most could recreate this layout in well under that! 🙂
So I’m dying to know, what way do you most like to add texture to your projects? Does Texture intimidate you or are you a full on texturista?!?! (Yes I just made that word up, but it’s fitting!) 😉
Enjoy the Moments and I’ll see you Tuesday with another Cricut Expression 2 how to Mini Series Video!