Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. It’s Kylie back with you all with a new layout to share. My assignment for todays’ theme was to include texture! Texture can be added to a page layout in many ways, however I have chosen to keep things simple and use layered,distressed paper to build dimension and texture as a back drop to my photos. I chose the ‘HAPPINESS” collection as it has such a pretty colour palette of light and dark hues.

I chose a white background for my layout, and whilst the finished result shows a little water-colouring in the background, I didn’t actually add this until my page was finished.I trimmed down various papers to different widths and lengths, this was done by eye and no need for accuracy or measuring.I heavily distressed each edge of paper with my distress tool but if you don’t have a distress tool the blade of your scissors will achieve the same result.In places, some of the paper tore a little and this is OK! It all adds to the textured effect. After this step I began placement of each strip horizontally on the page. Some were tucked underneath some were layered over the top of others, I also added a few scalloped edges which I created with a craft punch.The longest strips of paper were placed throughout the centre of my page.

My photos were adhered to the page with some foam adhesive but first I backed them with some white tissue paper from my stash.Using some of the floral themed elements from the die cut pack I layered several around the photos for balance and a little more colour.Once these were all in place I took the time to curl the edges of the strips of paper a little more which you can see shows of that textural effect.

As I love large titles I chose a suitable few pieces from the word sentiments and added over another floral cluster, diagonally opposite my photos. By working with diagonal placement for your layout will help keep a level of balance.

Once my layout was complete I felt it needed a subtle amount of shading with water-colour. I delicately added some aqua toned diluted ink around my layout.Any excess was mopped up before it could dry too dark. Although this effect was subtle I felt it gave a nice finish to my page design.

Thanks so much for checking out my layout today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing this ‘textured’ technique and you give it a go too. This method is also a great way for using up any of those little paper strips and scraps you may have.

Until next time,

Kylie.

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