Adding Emphasis with Frames and More!

Adding Emphasis with Frames and More!

I love blocked pages, especially for multi-photo designs. They usually come together easily and each little block is an opportunity to show off something – whether it is a photo, journalling, paper or elements.

To add emphasis and highlight aspects of this page, I used some common framing techniques and products.

Supplies: Life 2016: February by Melissa Bennett, E.Z. album v.9 by Erica Zane


First up is, of course, the ever-popular frame! Often seen framing photos, it is equally useful at framing paper and as a layering piece in clusters.


Matting layouts on cardstock is an easy way to frame the page and put focus on the central design. I often create a double-mat to really add emphasis, but on this page I went with a single mat.

White Stroke

Adding a white border around pictures is my go-to way to help them stand out against the background.

Thin Border Outline

The line border around the journalling adds interest to an otherwise plain piece of cardstock and it is a quick finishing touch.

Stitching Frame

On this page, I used a purchased template with a stitched border. It beautifully separates each part of the grid.

That’s five different ways of adding emphasis to a layout! What are some of your best tricks for making parts of your layouts stand out?