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    craftysprinkles
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      What tips do have for making paper layers on your projects? I know a lot of people struggle with mixing up the pattes and sizes. What helps you make these big decisions?

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        For me, it varies. Using sketches helps. Once a piece of paper is cut, I try to use the rest, so the sizes of my layers are sometimes dependent on that. With mixing papers, I don't stress about that. Most of the time I try to alteate light and dark colors, if it fits the design and color scheme.

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          I really have trouble with it…in the last RR I followed Erica…I just couldn't do it and started over…nothing looked right and I cut up to much of my yummy paper…

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          I have several sketches saved just because I love how they are layered! I go to those a lot! Sometimes, after I have made a couple of projects with a kit, I just dump out all the scraps on the table and create a LO using the scraps as my layers. I really enjoy doing that and it almost always works great!

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            I love to layer! I don't know that I have a formula-it takes forever sometimes mixing and matching til I find the aha moment !lol

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              I love the layered look but have a hard time doing it right, that's when I usually tu to others to see how they've done theirs.

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                I love to layer and do basically what Rae does just try mix ing different papers until the right combo jumps out. If I'm going to use Round the Page punches I have templates made that let see what sizes will work.

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                  Me too- I find having templates of various sizes of papers is very handy when planning out a layout. I have made them in circles and straight shapes out of black and white cardstock.

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                  Sketches and pictures of other peoples layouts that are well layered. Then I lay pieces again teach other to make sure I like the color, shape combo, which does take awhile…

                  #235336

                  I love layering paper, but it takes me forever to decide on which papers I want to use! So frustrating at times! Now if it could figure out how to layer with tags I'd be a happy camper!

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                    I use lots of layers. I find that layering a small patte next to a busy patte works well. Sometimes I will mixed a layer of sold cs to offset a busy patte. I often mat my photo on plain CS so that it doesn't get swallowed up by the pattes

                    "Some cars look like they're going fast when they're standing still. The Camaro looks like it's going to beat you unconscious, put you in a silly hat, invite a couple of other Camaros over to take photos of you, then e-mail them to all your friends and co-workers. Call me crazy, but I like that in a car."

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                      That's a good tip, Maggi. I do that too- matting a pic with cs or less busy paper really helps.

                      I also let my photo guide me- if the photo is busy, I try not to put busy pattes on the page, or at least keep them to a minimum.

                      #235339

                      When I'm layering, I find that not glueing down the entire photograph..either using glue dots or a piece of cardboard to lift it higher than the paper.. (makes sense?) helps me when layering. That way I'm able to tuck stuff undeeath the photograph. Whether it be papers or small flowers and even lace, I'm constantly tucking little things behind the photograph.

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                        Thank you, Erica! That is very helpful. I like to do that, especially lately- I used to wait to glue stuff down until I had the entire layout planned, but I don't anymore. I just start gluing down when I'm sure of my basic idea, but it's helpful to give yourself some tucking room. 🙂

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                          Erica, that's a great idea!!!!
                          I'm not great at preplanning for the most part; I just play around like you all do until I hit that aha moment.
                          I'll admit to trying to use up my scraps in my layers, trying combinations of both sides of each sheet of paper.

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