Don’t Ignore the Details


Thanks to Pinterest I not only know the origins of washi tape, I also know how to incorporate it into my scrapbooking ventures.

Printed washi tape is an uber-hot product offered by Queen and Co. which recently debuted a new collection of bright candy colors and prints. The slightly translucent tape adds beauty in an subtle way and truly illustrates how details can make or break a scrapbook layout.

Many people think that when you get obsessed with details you lose sight of the big picture. However, you have to choose one over the other. When it comes to crafting an eye-popping page design, consider the story you are trying to tell, and then pay attention to the items you are planning to use to recount your memories.

For example, rather than using the same shapes over and over again, experiment with new ones. Swapping out a circle frame for a hexagon-shaped one may seem too detailed, but it could make a world of difference on a layout. You can incorporate the unique shape via embellishments, stickers, die cuts, and stamps. What’s more, once you get used to using the shape on your page designs you will see how easy it is to mix and match patterned papers and fun geometric shapes.

Of course, if you struggle to embrace new fads or you don’t enjoy venturing out of your comfort zone, you could stick with a favorite shape, and then add a few details to give it a new look. One way to do this with circles is to use the shape as a base for objects that will give your layouts added pizzazz. For example, an ordinary circle can be easily morphed into a hot air balloon. Then, add more details to make the balloon whimsical or eclectic before mixing and matching it with patterned paper or chipboard pieces.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.