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Layering with a Photo:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Janna Werner

multi layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

Hello there, my name is Janna. I am going to show you how to create a multi-layered scrapbooking page. I am a huge fan of layers as it is very easy to create a 3-dimensional look with this technique. Furthermore it lets the layout appear light and happy.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

This layout has two backgrounds: the white cardstock on which the photo will be arranged and a patterned paper, that will be adhered behind the cardstock and frame the center part.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

Take a piece of foil, spray onto it and press it onto the cardstock. Use a paint brush to add more splatters. Let the spray dry or use a paper towel/heat gun. After the spray layer is completely dry, take your scissors and distress the edges of the cardstock. Mount the cardstock on top of the patterned paper and fix it with a sewing machine.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

The photo I used had no white frame. To let it pop out of the page, I adhered a piece of vellum behind the photo. The vellum is rather subtile and not as intense as white cardstock, for example. The advantage of vellum is that you can still see the layers behind it as it is transparent.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

Put the photo in the centre of the cardstock and layer several pieces of paper in different shapes and colors beneath it. It´s a great way of using scraps. After creating layers with patterned paper, use 3-dimensional dots to adhere the photo on top.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

The page already includes lots of layers, now it’s time to use embellishments for even more layers and accents. I started with punching out a few shapes, for example.

multi-layered scrapbook page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

Rub-Ons are also great for layering. Although they do not add a lot of depth to a page.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

Every time I start embellishing a page, I will browse my embellishment basket. I take out nearly each package and place the elements on top of my scrapbooking page. If it fits, I let it lie on the layout, otherwise I put it back in the basket. Wait with gluing the single elements down until the very end. Like this the elements can be moved around and re-arranged, if needed.

The close-up shows the different layers this page includes: the background patterned paper, the white cardstock, the patterned papers behind the photo, the mounted photo, stamps, punched out elements, a badge, speech bubbles and die-cuts. All of them lie on top of each other. The last step is adding journaling.

multi-layered scrapbooking page by Janna Werner @ shimelle.com

Layering is not as tricky as it might sound. To create a fluffy look, the papers should not be glued down entirely. Put a bit of glue in the middle section of each paper, like this you can still bend the edges. This gives more depth and lets the page appear lighter.
This technique can also be used on other crafty projects, like mini albums, art journals or mixed media canvases.

I would love to know what you like (or not like) about layering. Do you use this technique often? Please leave a link in this post and share your layered projects – I would love seeing it.




Janna Werner is an artist, freelance writer and teacher. She lives in North Germany, together with her husband of nearly 3 years. Janna´s love for papercrafts and mixed media art evolved in 2010 when a friend introduced her to scrapbooking. Since then she has been working together with well-known papercrafting companies, magazines and international artists. She is currently doing design work for Crate Paper, Glitz Design, entreArtistes magazine, Sizzix and Two Peas in a Bucket You can also find Janna on her Blog , Instagram , Twitter , Pinterest , Facebook , Youtube & flickr

16 April 2013



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8 Comments for Layering with a Photo:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Janna Werner

  1. Karen Says:

    Thank you Janna for this lovely tutorial! I am trying to do more distressing and layering in my scrapbooking this year, but I always feel I’m covering up the prettiest papers! I still am not able to layer as much as you did here – but I’m getting more daring as I go :) Here’s a link to my most recent pages and they all include some degree of layering. http://katieclairescottage.blogspot.de/search/label/scrapbooking

  2. Margaret Ann Says:

    Janna, thank you for the lovely tutorial and layout! I love the look of layering, but just haven’t been able to master the technique quite yet. Your tips and instruction really helped, especially the part about not adhering everything tightly to the page. I can’t wait to get in here and give it another try!

  3. Tracie Marie Says:

    Love this Janna!!
    When I first started seeing all the layered layouts awhile back I didn’t like them at all. I thought they looked messy. After a bit though I was very drawn to them and now I LOVE the layered look. My style has change so much this year and I find myself layering all the time on my layouts. I feel like it makes my layouts more interesting. It’s So fun to travel around a page and find all the beautiful pieces of paper peaking out here and there or find an embellishment sneak out.
    Thanx so much Janna for sharing!!

  4. Linda Says:

    Gorgeous page! I love your style :) Thanks for sharing!!

  5. AllisonLP Says:

    Great tips on layering. I can’t seem to make a layout without layering- just all the yummy elements on top of each other just make me happy.

  6. Christine Says:

    Love your tips on layering! I like not holding down my layers all the way too by placing glue just in the center.

  7. nappycp Says:

    Enjoyed reading this laying tutorial.Hope you do more.

  8. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    I love layering stuff up – the more I use the more I can buy right?! I still need practise in layering more than stuff, you know like stamping and spraying etc.

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