TNT: Add Texture Unexpectedly! 31

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! šŸ˜‰

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.Ā  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 šŸ˜‰

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.Ā  Two Betas, one named Noni and the other Goppie the Bubble Guppie… ahh I love My kids šŸ˜‰

Anyway, I snapped two photos with my iPhone and decided, even though they aren’t the bestest pics, that isn’t going to stop me from Remembering the event and Enjoying the Moments!

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!Ā  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.Ā  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.Ā  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.Ā  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.Ā  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!Ā  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.Ā  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!Ā  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.Ā  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.Ā  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! šŸ™‚

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?!?!Ā  (Yes I just made that word up, but it’s fitting!) šŸ˜‰

Enjoy the Moments and I’ll see you Tuesday with another Cricut Expression 2 how to Mini Series Video!

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31 thoughts on “TNT: Add Texture Unexpectedly!

  • kimmers

    Love love love the paper! I do not have either of tbese carts but love love love your idea. I love lovethee love my cuttlebug and try to always add texture in all the waus you have suggested except i have never tried the pearl pen. I know I know stop screaming. I am going to try it. šŸ™‚ And by tbe way, i love love love you too! You are so amazing. Have a great day and as always, Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Sharon

    Oh I’m definitely a texturista! I love using all my CB folders to make my projects POP and have begun using those pearl pens when I remember to get them out (thank you very much missy enabler! Lol!) I hope you’re feeling better and look forward to new videos!

  • Peggy Whisenhunt

    I love how youI did the fish bowl. Clever to write on it first and then texture it. Tomorrow my Artiste Bundle should arrive and I am so excited to get it, Seen so many projects with it. Hope you are recovering well. Went to dentist for cleaning yesterday and I have to have a crown. Dental work is so expensive but we have to bite the bullet and have it done and pay the bill. Not much fun. Have a great day Megan, we all love you so much and I hope some day I get to meet you in person, you are so inspiring to this 65 year old scrapbooker.

  • Shawn Mosch

    I LOVE the fish tale out of the corner cuts!!!!! OMG I am totally going to have to try that on a project. There are a lot of Cricut catridges that have corner cuts like that.

    I just started to really play with texture in the past 2 years and now I am ADDICTED. I am always looking at a project to see if I can add more “POP” to it by embossing something. I even created my own custom Mickey Mouse embossing folder!

    Thank you for always being such a great source of creative ideas!


  • Angela

    I love texture, but didn’t know how to add it to my projects. Thank you for showing us some easy ways to add texture! I can’t wait to try some of these ideas out on my next project!

  • Phyllis C.

    Thanks for sharing all your ideas. I love to add texture to my cards and you really inspire me to stretch my imagination. Just love using the Viva Decor pens and never thought of using them for making bubbles. I hope you are feeling better very soon.

  • Linda W

    Love this LO with all the textures. Never thought of adding texture to my journaling, I have to try it.

    I hope you are healing well.

  • Gayl3

    hope u get much better. I know how it’s an effort to do things when u don’t feel well. The texturing tutorial has expanded my idea. Never thought about small polka dots for water. Can hardly wait to aspire as a texturista texturologist. šŸ™‚

    • Maryann Gerber

      what a great idea! I’m going to have to try this. I love the idea of texture with your journaling. can’t wait to try it! Hope your feeling better and you have a speedy recovery!

  • Jean-Marie

    Love the layout and all the textures. My favorite way to add texture is either CB folders or the tear-wet-crumple-flatten method. Of course lots of 3-D elements and varied materials like lace/ribbon/metal/fibers/cork/leather etc, really amp up the texture as well. This topic is one that is near and dear to my heart! Thanks, as always, for sharing your passion, talent, and expertise!

  • Debbie Z

    The layout is fantastic. What a neat way to remember for a lifetime. The colors and elements are just perfect for this project. Too stinkin’ cute!!

  • KitnM

    I love Viva Decor and use it on most projects along with brads but i also like to emboss. The only problem with embossing is that i normally make the 5″ x 6.5″ cards and most embossing folders are for the smaller cards. I wish there were more options for larger embossing folders. I have also tried to emboss with the powders but don’t seem to have much luck with that. I think the problem is that most embossing pads are fairly dry so it is hard to get the powder concentrated enough to be impressive. I would love to find a juicy embossing pad like your ink edgerz. Your ideas are so helpful. I love that you embossed your journal note! The chevron is fun, especially with the water and fish theme!

  • Joan Smith

    What a great layout I am a true blue scrapbooker and I love seeing you do this! I loved all of your choices from paper to cuts to come up with one fantastic page. Your ideas of the different embossing textures…awesome.
    Just get to feeling better I recently was really sick and out of comission for 9 weeks and before I got really sick I had a big dental procedure started that was May 1st and there were to be 3 parts to it all involving porcelain teeth well when I became ill May 8th it all had to be on hold so this past Monday was my 3 and final visit so it’s tough going thru something unpleasant and being taken out of comission and not being able to craft just know that it’ll take awhile for you to get your stamina back too so just be patient and take it slow don’t push yourself. You’ll get there. and if you do it right you’ll be better off for it in the long run.

  • Patricia

    I love the embossing your “story” should really draw the eyes to it. I like to cut out big juicy letters with my cricut and then emboss them with my cuttlebug or big shot. Then sand with a nail block (99 cents) and use sidewalk chalk to shade some of the embossing. I use sidewalk chalk because I forgot to pick up some “crafty” chalk one day to try it ($20.00), and at the check out I saw the sidewalk chalk ($4.00) and decided to try it. works great!!! I also like to emboss aluminum cans – like monster drinks etc for little boy pages and cards. You can use the printed side or the shiny inside. I use sticky ribbon around the edges in a complimentary pattern to keep everyones fingers safe! Love ya. Have a great day. Feel better soon.

  • Wendy

    I love this layout. I am saving up for a circut it is a very slow progress but can’t wait. I am still going to give it a go cutting the fish out the old fashioned way. Hope you are feeling better soon and the good days are starting to outway the bad.

  • Jackie P

    HAHA love the new word…must remember that!!! texturista!!!! wow underlined in red dang spell check. I am a die hard texturista…one of first things I bought..well first thing really was my big shot because of texture plates! Then I found embossing folders..then spellbinders because they emboss..I am such a sucker to get texture!!! I even buy paper based on how it feels!!
    texturista…that’s me!
    Glad it seems you are feeling bit better

  • Tina Michael-Dahlmann

    Hi Megan, Hope you are starting to feel much better. In answer to your question about texture; I love it but I am intimidated by it. I’ve been crafting about 15 months but it doesn’t come easy to me. I enjoy it though and have improved some.


  • Laura

    I like the way you used the chevron paper with the subject. It is great the way it fits in with waves (water).

    I like using all kinds of texture, especially 3-D. My favorites are flowers (homemade, Prima), jewelry (from garage sales and Thrift Shops).

    Thank you for sharing all your ideas.

  • Monica W

    Megan, I love the texture but seem to lose brain cells when I sit down to a project…your posts and videos are constantly an inspiration. Thank you

  • facsmom

    I love making white on white and cream on cream cards. Texture and shape become the variables to work with. Sometimes I will use more than 1 embossing folder design on separate layers of the card. I also like to use a scoring board and tool to add texture. You can made stripes, outlines, and triangles/diamonds. The fun thing about any of these is that YOU can decide which is the right/wrong side. I like putting pearls (as an embelli or liquid) on the triangle/diamond scoring. You can put them where scoring lines cross each other of in the center of the diamond. I hope you are healing well after your procedure. Your body needs rest in order to heal. We are doing fine, so do your job to let the healing continue.

  • MommyMe

    Megan, I hope you are recovering well! I miss your smiling face. Thankfully, your enthusiasm shines through, even in your typing!
    I LOVE working with texture. I can’t afford much, and don’t have craft stores in my area. Therefore, I have to be resourceful in creating embellishments. One of these days, I hope to buy a Cuttlebug. In the meantime, I do my best without. I’m grateful for all your inspiration!

  • Arlene (GrandmaAYW)

    I just finished a Welcome Home Soldier card. I used double matting and embossed the top layer using the Stars folder and my Cuttlebug. Then I added a stars and stripes ribbon and a 3 layer “Welcome Home Soldier” cut from the Stand and Salute cart. Lots of layers and texture!

  • Mags

    Oh, I am a texturista for sure! I love testure to the max and will do it on my Big Shot, with a brayer, ModPodge, Acrylic Paint or anything else I can get my little hands on! Thanks for the idea’s with the Viva Decor, I will have to give it a try for sure!, I just loved your layout! Thanks so much for sharing!