Daddy’s Boy Layout | Five Simple Embellishing Tips

Do you struggle with embellishment placement on your projects? If so, then you are going to love this month’s Creative Design Team video collab. This week, we are sharing ways to easily add embellishments to your projects. If you have not had a chance to meet our Creative Design Team, you can learn more about them here.

Our theme this month is Embellishing Made Easy with a focus on creating balanced clusters on your paper crafting projects. In my video, I am going to share five simple tips that I use when I am adding elements to my pages.


With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to inspire you with a masculine layout you could recreate using some of our new Mix-In papers. I just love these photos of my son and husband working on a late-night project together and I wanted to be able to record all the memories using a variety of embellishments that would showcase the emotions shared on this page.

Before I share my process video with you, let’s talk about embellishments – those collections of stickers, die cuts, ephemera, and more laying in various spots of your craft room. How do you use them all and make your page not look like a pre-schooler adding stickers to a coloring page?

When adding elements, to a project there are five things that I consider when I am creating – Repetition, Size, Balance, Number, and Cohesiveness. I talk about each of these in the video, but I want to go over them in a little more detail.

Let’s start with Repetition of Color, Shape, and Pattern. Repetitiveness brings rhythm. Think about your favorite song. Is there a drumbeat that plays over and over again? That repetitiveness is the flow through the melody that brings a smile to your face and you can feel it when it’s off, right?

Creating rhythm or flow through a scrapbook page also requires some repetition. On my Daddy’s Boy layout, you are going to see the repetition of the color, shapes, and patterns found in the Mix-In papers and tags that I used. Bluebelle, Toffee, and Black are duplicated multiple times on the page.

You might also notice multiple hearts on this layout and plaid patterns. The heart shapes in the tags, papers, and embellishment complement the theme and by repeating this shape throughout the layout, it brought cohesiveness and balance. The plaid pattern is also duplicated multiple times on the papers, a tab at the top of the page, and a die-cut heart above the focal photo.

Not only are the hearts duplicated on this layout, but they also differ in size. When adding embellishments to your pages, vary the size of the objects and be aware of how much weight they add to the page.

The asymmetrical design of this layout requires that I have some weight around my focal photo which is why I placed the flag banner at the base of the page. Since the banner carried so much weight, I needed to add smaller objects to the rest of the layout to balance the design.

You might also notice that I added white elements to the page in a triangle pattern and divided up my page into thirds.

Creating a visual triangle is key to achieving Balance. In my video I explain the Visual Triangle, but, for those who do not know, it is an invisible triangle created with elements to help your eyes take in all the aspects of the page. Designers use the idea of a visual triangle to create balance in an advertisement or home arrangement.

When you are adding Balance to the page, odd numbers work best. I always count the number of items I add to my clusters. Whether I am adding die cuts, stickers, little gems, or a combination of items – I use an odd number of objects to achieve balance.

The last little tip I have for you involves Cohesiveness or Unity. Both of these can be accomplished through repetition and varying size, but they are best achieved by adding layers that are touching other elements on the page.

In other words, don’t just have something floating out there on the side. On my page, almost all the elements are layered atop another element or are touching another object on the page. This creates a flow throughout the page and adds unity to the embellishments I chose.

Now that you have read about the little tips and tricks I use to add embellishments to my projects, take a look at how it all came together.

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How easy was that? Adding embellishments to your page does not have to be complicated. You just need to remember a few simple little tricks to help you achieve balance.

Make sure that you check out all of the Creative Design Team videos this week. These ladies have some amazing Embellishing Made Easy ideas for you. At the end of my video, I had added a link to the playlist just in case you want to sit and watch all eight videos in one sitting. You will learn so many wonderful ways to add embellishments to your projects.

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An Archery Layout | April Love Your Stash

The Creative Design Team had so many people joining us in February, that we have decided to continue our Love Your Stash series throughout the rest of the year. Not only are we going to be using a few items in our craft spaces, but we are encouraging you to do the same. This month, Katy, Erin, Jayma, and I will be posting some BONUS Love Your Stash videos for you to enjoy. Make sure you check out each of our channels or head on over to the playlist for some inspiration to use up some of your crafting collection.


In March, I had the opportunity to go to a weekend retreat for fun – no hosting, selling, or teaching – just three days of crafting in a beautiful mountain cabin. During my stay, I created several scrapbook pages using elements in my craft stash. One of my favorites is this two-page spread of my son on the archery range.

Rarely do I capture photos of our big ol’ bear. This red-bearded sasquatch of a man tries to avoid the camera whenever he can, but I was able to sneak a few photos during our last outing.

My son was not the only one shooting that day. I also own a bow which he had custom-designed for me to match my Muddy Girl gear. It was my son who introduced me to this sport and I have genuinely come to enjoy it. We visit a local archery range near a lake as often as we can. This is a great way for me to get out of the craft room once in a while.

On this layout, I used quite a few items from my crafting stash. The background was created using some of our Wood Grain papers. To create a three-dimensional background, I cut apart the slats, roughed and inked up the edges, then layered them onto the cardstock to mimic the targets on the archery range.

To add to the distressed roughed-up design, I also tore some edges on the photo frame and added some splatters on a few corners of the layout. I created the splatters with Toffee Ink using a retired stamp. There are a few stamps on my website with some splatter on sale right now or you could use waterbrush with some ink or paint to create the same effect.

The die cuts on the page are a combination of Cricut cut images and embellishments from my crafting space. I wanted to add some arrows onto the page, match the circular shape of his bow, and create movement. While I was at the retreat, I was struggling to find a few other embellishments, and a friend asked if I had any feather stickers. I am so grateful that she suggested these because they were the perfect addition to the layout.

I had brought my little Joy to the retreat, so I was able to cut a few of the images I wanted from the You Are Here and Artistry collections. When my husband gifted me with the Joy, I wasn’t sure if I would use it because of how small it is, but it’s the size of the machine that I have come to like most. It takes up hardly any space in your work area and is so much easier to pack than a larger machine. You are limited in size when you are creating, but most of the images I made that weekend fit within the 5″ x 11.5″ parameters.

The other elements on the pages are from a variety of collections that I have been hoarding. I am a collector of all things outdoorsy and manly, and it felt great to be able to use a few of them on this layout. The final addition was a tag tucked behind a photo for journaling. I have no clue where I got this tag or what collection it comes from, but I have a stack of them that need using. The color and designs on this tag pocket were an ideal choice for the page.


If you wish to see how this layout came together, you can view my process video. It is going to look a little different than my past videos. This is the first time I have set up my camera somewhere outside of my craft space. The background looks a little different and there are a few little bumps that happened when I reached for a snack or when someone at the table moved, but I loved this layout so much and I wanted to be able to share it with you.


I hope that this layout inspired you to use up a few items from your crafting stash. I have sincerely enjoyed being able to use up the pieces in my collection these past few months and I can’t wait to share the other layouts I made at this retreat with you.

Don’t forget to visit Katy, Jayma, and Erin’s channels this week and check out what they have made using items from their crafting collection. Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when the Creative Design Team adds more Love Your Stash videos throughout the rest of the year.

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