Monday, July 4, 2011

Texture without the Bulk

If you are looking for ways to add texture to your pages, without having a lot of 3D elements that barely keep your pages from fitting in the page protector, then here are a few tips:

1.  Try stitching!  Whether you are an expert seamstress or just a novice at sewing, a little stitching on your page can go a long way.  I am definitely a novice in this area, but I really like using emroidery floss to add hand-stitched elements to my pages.  Try drawing a shape on your lo - ie, a flourish, cirlces, flowers, etc. - and then use a paper peircer to trace along your shape.  Then choose your embroidery floss and stitch away.  I also just purchased one of the hand-held Singer machines and I used it around the outside edge of this layout.

2.  Emboss & Layer!  I had fun playing with the waves under my photo on this lo.  I used the Sizzix Big Shot to emboss the waves that I cut using SCAL.  And instead of using just one wave shape, I decided to layer 3 for a more fun look.

3.  Add Ribbon!  There are tons of different styles and colors of ribbon out there.  It is a great flat embellishment to add to your pages.  You can experiment with girly ribbon, vintage ribbon, or twines for more rugged or little boy lo's.

Have fun with your pages and look for new and different ways to add some texture to your next lo!  Here is mine and it is based on the 6.28 sketch from Frosted Designs for their Sketch Along Tuesday challenge:

Products Used:

Paper:  Colorbok & DCWV
Embossing:  Sizzix Big Shot
Stitching:  Singer Hand-Held sewer
Embroidery Floss:  Janlynn
Acrylic Paint:  Apple Barrel
Acrylic Stamps & Brad:  Close to My Heart
Thickers:  American Crafts
Pillow Stickers:  Studio 112
Ribbon:  The Paper Studio
Mini Market Stickers:  October Afternoon
Pen:  Zig


  1. This is a great layout Ashley! you have been on a roll lately! It is fabulous to see you evolving! I love it! Happy 4th!

  2. First of all, I LOVE all the texture on this layout, the paint, embossing, stitching, and everything else look so wonderful! This just might be might favorite layout from you, yet! What a fun take on the sketch! THanks for playing along with Sketch Along Tuesdays @ Frosted Designs!!!

  3. Beautiful page. Love the mix and match of the papers and those waves! wow, stunning!
    Thanks for joining us on Sketch Along Tuesdays @ Frosted Designs. Hugs!

  4. This is fabulous!!!! Beautiful paper, and I love the textures you've added!! This is amazing!! Love It!!! Thanks for playing along with us over at Sketch Along Tuesday/Frosted Designs!!! Hugs!! And thanks for the tips!!!

  5. Love it , love it- thanks for all the great tips too. You rocked... this layout- thanks for joining us at Sketch Along Tuesdays

  6. Fabulous!! I love that you made the patterned paper blocks big and those waves are AWESOME! Thanks for playing along with Sketch Along Tuesday at Frosted Designs!

  7. Such a fun lo! I love the colors and houw you turned my sketch into your own.
    Thank you for playing with us at Sketch Along Tuesday @ Frosted Designs.

  8. oh how cute is that.. I love the different layers on your waves and how you have the title.. great take on our sketch..
    p.s. thnx for playing along with us girls over at Frosted Designs