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Tuesday Tutorial | The Art of layering with Alicia

by Alicia Barry | August 20, 2014
Tuesday Tutorial | The Art of layering with Alicia

Today I thought I would do something a little different rather than a straight tutorial. I thought I might step you through the steps of creating a layout, pointing out some design elements and tips along the way.
For this layout I have used the brand new Summer release Country Cookin along with a few extras from some of our generous partner companies.
The first thing you will notice is that I haven't gone with a cooking theme for my layout, despite this range depicting lots of lovely cooking images. I am not very good at following the rules, so I decided to show you how to create a non themed layout, using themed papers. It's all about being selective. Once I chose my background papers, I have relied almost entirely on the tag pack and shapes.

<<<< I began with a piece of Bella! Kraft corrugated vintage cardstock. The brown was a bit harsh for what I wanted, so I painted it roughly in gesso. This meant some of the brown could still show through. (Tip: It is better to paint along the grain). I then added some colour with paint sprays. 

Next I tore two sides of the blue patterned paper and distressed the edges before adhering slightly off centre. I tore the second sheet of patterned paper a little bit narrower. See how I put the tape in from the edge.....
 
 ...this allows me to create more dimension along the edges. It will help with embellishments soon too. 
I thought you might like to see the title block on it's own. As you can see I've used lots of tags and journal panels, and layered them all together. I've created a label shape using a Spellbinder die, then stamped a smaller Fiskars label and handcut. Finally I topped it with a wood word from the new Country Cookin' collection. 
Here is what it looks like from the side. You can see I have used lots of foam dots between the layers for dimension. I used clear Zots to lift the wood word (you can cut them into smaller parts)
 And of course, here it is on the page. I have tucked the photo into the corner of it, to create continuity across the page. See how the eye is drawn to the photo and then follows down through the title block.
 <<<  Next step was to fussy cut some floral sections. Normally when I design a page, the floral elements are used to frame the photo. The placement is important though. See how in this example, my photo is closely cropped to my face. By putting the flowers around this section of the photo, it kind of looks like I have a plant growing out of my face. Certainly not ideal.
Instead, I moved it over and tucked it under the tag in my title block.
Before going any further with the flowers, I wanted to use the Epiphany tool to create a little banner. I used the pennant tool with matching stickers to punch and cover the shapes. How cute is it! I used twine from the Country Cookin' collection to string them pennants together, then some Therm-o-web zots to secure the ends under the other elements. 
Now you can see where the other floral pieces have gone. I tucked them into the various layers that I created (remember how we left the edges loose). 
 Finally I created a little secondary embellishment cluster on the top right. I layered 3 tag shapes together in different sizes, then slipped each one between the layers of the layout. I tied them together with some more twine and tucked some more flowers in. 
And finally here's what it looks like all finished.
Ruby Rock-It supplies:
Country Cookin paper collection
Country CookinWood Veneer
Country Cookin Twine pack
Country Cookin Tag pack
Bella! Kraft corrugated Vintage Cardstock
Partner Company supplies:
Spellbinder Romantic Rectangles Two
Epiphany Crafts Pennant tool and bubble caps
Therm-o-Web double sided tape, Zots, and tape runner
Thanks for sticking around for the long post. 

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