Try a New Technique: Overlapping Layout Elements

Scrapbooking is full of new ideas and techniques to try. One of my favorite new techniques that I have been incorporating into my layouts is overlapping elements. For example, I put journaling over photos or layer embellishments onto of my photos to add some additional interest.

Here are a few of my favorite reasons why you should try to add some layering to your layouts:

Adds Visual Interest. When you have a few elements overlapping, it will give the viewer more to study and look at.

Allows More Space for More Photos. If you plan on layering journaling or embellishments onto your photos, you will actually have more space to add more photos.

More space to work with. On a layout you don’t have to be limited only to the 12 X 12 space because with layering, you actually create more space for yourself.

Gives you more space to use all of those fun embellishments in your stash. Sometimes after putting my photos on the page and journaling, there isn’t any room left to add anything else. But if you add your embellishments directly onto the photos, then you will have more space for those fun little extra touches.

There are several different ways that you can incorporate laying into your layouts. Here are a few of my ideas.

Place the title over a photo. This will work best if you use an enlarged picture with some white space. On this layout, I layered the title right over the enlarged photo. I also layered a Heidi Swapp Ghost frame, smile sticker and ribbon.

Journal on your photos. This will allow more room for more photos. Choose photos that have some pain background area where you can write and it will be clearly legible. I like using Sakura Soufflé pens.

Place embellishments on your photos. On the following layout I used rhinestones and the acrylic flowers from Heidi Swapp right onto of the pictures. I also overlapped small pieces of my journaling strips on the photos.

Give layering a try! I’m sure that you will have fun creating and enjoy the results.