October 2023 Wk2 Scrapbook page layout

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October 2023 Wk2 scrapbook page layout

 Here’s another double page layout by guest scrapbooker Sarah, using the ‘Industrial Zone’ Scrapbox kit from the Memories and Photos shop

One of the key elements in creating visually appealing and captivating scrapbook layouts is the use of layers, and Sarah has used this to full advantage with this layout. Layers add depth, dimension, and interest to your designs. 

Let’s think a little more about cardstock and paper layers and how they can elevate scrapbooking projects.


The power of cardstock - Cardstock is a heavyweight paper that serves as go-to base for your scrapbook layouts. Usually measured in GSM, 90-100 is normal paper thickness, anything over 150 is cardstock. 

Its thickness and sturdiness provide stability and support for your design elements, ensuring your layout stands the test of time. Cardstock is available in a wide range of colours and textures, allowing you to choose the perfect backdrop for your story.

When using cardstock as a background:

  • Choose a colour that complements your photos and embellishments.
  • Experiment with textured cardstock to add tactile interest.
  • Use contrasting cardstock to create a focal point or frame for your layout.


Layering card and paper for depth - Once you have your cardstock base, you can start layering with coordinating cardstock and printed papers. Paper layers are a fantastic way to add depth and dimension to your scrapbook layout. Here's how to make the most of them:

  • Select a Variety of Patterns: Mixing different patterned papers adds visual interest. Choose papers with various scales, from small prints to larger, more intricate designs.


  • Vary Your Sizes: Cut your paper layers into different sizes and shapes. Experiment with rectangles, squares, circles, and even custom shapes that fit your theme.


  • Distress and Ink: To give your paper layers an aged or textured appearance, consider distressing the edges with a distressing tool or ink them with coordinating colours.


  • Use Foam Adhesive: To create even more depth, elevate some of your paper layers with foam adhesive. This adds a 3D effect which gives your reader an more interesting experience.


Creating a Cohesive Composition - While layering with cardstock and paper is essential for visual appeal, it's equally important to maintain a cohesive composition. Here are some tips to help you achieve harmony in your layout:


  • Colour Coordination: Pay attention to colour schemes and ensure your cardstock and paper choices align with your photos and theme.


  • Storytelling Flow: Arrange your layers to guide the viewer's eye through your layout, leading them from one element to another while telling the story.


  • Balance and Proportion: Balance your layers in terms of size and placement. Avoid overcrowding or leaving large empty spaces.


  • Embellishment Integration: Incorporate embellishments like stickers, die-cuts, and ephemera into your layers to create a seamless design.


Using cardstock and paper layers in your scrapbook layouts is a fabulous way to create interest, depth, and visual appeal. Remember to experiment, have fun, and let your creativity flow.