Letting the Papers Shine

CREDITS: Washington Square by Amy Wolff

This month’s digi files included a mega paper pack by Joyful Heart Designs. I was so impressed with what the team did using almost exclusively papers to create stunning pages that I went in search of more inspiration for making papers shine.

Papers clipped to circles made a cute custom embellishment to add that last finishing touch to the page. And I’m always a sucker for a paper border as a way to use one of my favorite pattern papers. Trina used that same technique, but with a solid instead.


The masterful blending here transformed the chevron paper into a painted masterpiece. And the addition of the rotated blocks of paper was so creative!


Luly used one of Yin’s photocentric templates. When using a lot of photos on a page, you don’t really need many embellishments. An interesting paper with a fun title is more than enough.


Another one of my favorite techniques is using strips of my favorite patterned papers behind the photo. It’s a fun way to use a bunch of your favorites without any one overwhelming the page.


I fell in love with this page instantly. The sweet colors against the kraft really pop. I love how the papers were clipped to the photo boxes on this template. Several papers on each blog, perfectly shadowed, let this scrapper include lots of pretty papers on the page.

I’m always on the lookout for a great photo-less page. This one makes use of a richly textured paper and some blended elements for a stunning effect. With the right paper, this would make an easy scraplift!

Here’s another example of clipping papers to photo spots to add color and interest. This page only used a couple of embellishments, with the focus being on the photos and journaling.

Do you have any paper-centric layouts in your gallery? I’d love to see them!