Loving the Look of Lace

If you are a regular fan of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” then you know very well that most of the brides featured on the reality TV show enter Kleinfeld’s bridal salon with their heart set on a particular style of gown, but later sheepishly admit that the consultant’s choice looks sooooooooo much better.

In 9 out of the 10 episodes I’ve seen, girls have come in dead set against donning dresses with lace details. Most of the brides-to-be are all about the bling and think lace is too grandma-ish and wouldn’t be caught dead trying on a lacey number for millions of TV viewers to witness. But, after some cajoling, they inevitably slide on the lace gown and say “yes” to the dress.

That pretty much sums up my history with lace scrapbook paper.

I’m not a huge fan of frou-frou, and always categorized lace paper as something that should be used exclusively on wedding or baptism-themed layouts. However, after seeing my mom incorporate subtle hints of lace paper in the background of a vintage-inspired page design, I feel like a bride-to-be at Kleinfeld’s.

If you are like me and are intimidated by the dainty-looking paper, then start out easy. One of the simplest ways to use lace paper is to feature it in the background of photos or other embellishments. Lighter lace paper allows you to add hints of femininity; however, if you want to achieve a higher degree of contrast between the paper and your photos or mementos, then use a darker lace paper instead.

Another option is to use the lace scrapbook paper as trims or borders. You could also slice up a full sheet of lacy paper and use the pieces as photo frames. I recently used leftover lace paper as corner pieces on my daughter’s First Holy Communion layout. Her dress didn’t have a stitch of lace on it, but I used white and cream colored lace patterned paper to give the page design a delicate feel. I was surprised by how well it turned out, and am looking forward to using more lace paper on future layouts.

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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.