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Glitter Girl on creating depth with embellishments (scrapbooking video)

Glitter Girl on creating depth with embellishments
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This week Glitter Girl can be found under a giant pile of layered embellishments, with pop dots stuck to her fingers, face and hair! She answered this question about adding depth to the embellishment on scrapbook pages and then used it as an excuse to add more than a little embellishment to a new layout – the title page of an album filled with pictures from the Harry Potter film studio tour.


All the supplies for this project can be found here – just scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the shopping section. That includes both heights of pop dots as mentioned in the video. I regularly use two brands so I can have two different levels of things that are raised up off the page. A pack lasts quite a long while, and they aren’t very expensive to start, so if you’re looking to add dimension to flat embellishments like stickers and die-cuts, then they will definitely be your new best friend.

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Aside from that, there are plenty of things you’re likely to already have on hand that are great for adding depth. Buttons, brads, chipboard, fabric, thread and badges are all things that add depth instantly. Three-dimensional layered stickers and bold letter stickers like Thickers add depth easily since all you have to do is peel and stick. But don’t ignore the background! If you really want to great depth, you need to build something flat first, so look at stamp designs you can use for many themes and don’t be afraid to cover up much of the stamped design or a paper element. By adding that extra detail to the flat background, your raised elements will create even more depth.

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This isn’t a Glitter Girl layout, but I thought this was as good a time to share it as any! My Harry Potter album has just three layouts at the moment – the ‘Welcome to Hogwarts’ title page, the ’5 girls 1 enchanted car’ page here and this one with us knocking on the Dursleys’ door on Privet Drive. The layering on this one is different but follows the same principles – build up the flat layers first (in this case it’s with ink splatters and washi tape), then build up with various dimensional items (papers on pop-dots, dimensional stickers, Thickers letters, badges and brads) and don’t be afraid to make sure everything is overlapping and close together. I think that is probably the thing that tends to go wrong with layering from time to time – for fear of covering up the things we like, the embellishments get spread too far apart and then they don’t read as one united element but rather lots of different things. If your layers aren’t making you as happy as you would like, try pushing them closer together and see if that’s the solution. (Supplies for this page are all by American Crafts – find them here.)

This week, Glitter Girl challenges you to build depth in the embellishment of your project, then share the results in the gallery! You can also leave a link in the comments here if you like.

Onward, covered in glitter, my dear scrapbookers!

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The Adventures of Glitter Girl is a weekly series on Two Peas in a Bucket, and goes live every Wednesday. I’ll share each adventure here shortly after that. I hope you enjoy her quests for crafting happiness, and if you ever have a scrapbooking dilemma yourself, you can always call her to action on the message board.

04 July 2012



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18 Comments for Glitter Girl on creating depth with embellishments (scrapbooking video)

  1. Alinor Says:

    love this week video, i do have some issue with the covering part, need to work on that!
    Also, i NEED to visit the HP studios, looks awesome!

  2. jodpea Says:

    I’m more interested in the fact that you’ve been to the Harry Potter exhibition – is it worth the money?

  3. dolly/scrapthat Says:

    Awesome page! the photo while lovely and have great architectural details looked flat when you first showed it on the papers, the Dimensional elements breathed such life into the photo and drew the eye into the lovely details! TFS! Such a fun video! :D

  4. Cindy Says:

    I totally loved this weeks episode of Glitter Girl as my main hang-up is making clusters of embellies-more then depth. So this actually covers both of those bases! Great job GG!

  5. Debbie P Says:

    Shimelle, I love your videos. I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to make them here and at 2 Peas. They really inspire me and want me to keep scrapping! Love your work!

  6. KateT Says:

    Once all the Olympic furore is over I have to go and visit this place! Like the idea of a highly decorative first page. Out of interest just how many photos did you manage to take on the visit, I’m guessing at least 200?

    ** Kate **

  7. Lina Says:

    Another great video from the mysterious glitter girl. And I love the Privet Drive layout – you have such a great knack for awesome color combnations.

  8. kazoulis Says:

    I always wonder how you do that – you take different papers that I would never think to combine and then you just make them all look .. I don’t know, cohesive. Pretty amazing=)

  9. Scrapdolly Says:

    Fab pages and love the pics – we did the tour a couple of weeks ago too and loved it to bits

  10. Cynthia . Says:

    Honestly, I still need to look at the video…but I first want to say – this would be such a wonderful tour to take! My kids and I love the Harry Potter books and movies! Too cool! Now I’ll watch your video. ;)

  11. Mary M. Says:

    I think this is the best Glitter Girl video yet, and this is probably one of my favorite layouts that I’ve seen you make. They’re both fantastic, but for some reason I just LOVE that title page. Thanks for doing these! Now every Wednesday I get excited for a new Glitter Girl…. =)

  12. Julie {CalleLillyCafe} Says:

    Love the video & your layout! I love to use clusters of random-ness!

  13. Robin W. Says:

    Just wanted to thank you for all your inspiration. Between your Glitter Girl videos, starting points, sketches, and classes I have completed many pages I’m happy with. I feel as if I get my story told in a pleasing way, and that’s what makes this hobby fun. Thank you!!

  14. Linda In Aus Says:

    Awesome pages Shimelle, thanks for all the help, I am going to have fun playing.

  15. Tammie Says:

    This is the BEST Glitter Girl EVER!!! Not only is the subject matter something that I have to really work through on each layout (I adore layering and have had an intense relationship with PopDots since my first year of scrapbooking), but I got to see HARRY POTTER layouts!!!!! Seriously, my grandkids say that I am the biggest HP fan ever (while they have been “forced” to watch the movies as I own them all and watch them on nearly every rainy weekend, they have never read a single HP book!! Oh,my!) When Glitter Girl or Shimelle & the Boy finish the HP scrapbook, I would love, love, love to see it! In the meantime Glitter Girl, keep on rocking those great solutions to our everyday problems. After 13 years, I have grown more as a scrapbooker in the past year due to your inspiration and instruction than in the first 12 put together. You have made me a scrapbooking addict again, not just a scrapbook stuff addict. Thanks so much for rejuvenating my great love affair.

  16. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    So jealous!!! You visited the Harry Potter set! Very exciting! Then the Queen’s jubilee and NOW the olympics! Thanks for posting; so I can live vicariously through you! Love these LO’s! Inspired me to scrap my HP moviethon!

  17. Julia Says:

    Thanks for another great episode Glitter Girl! I love all layering but more importantly you have inspired me to book a trip to the HP studios to treat the kids for their fab school reports this year! It’s the perfect present :)

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