Scrapbooking for Mortals Tutorial #1 – Layering


Layering is one of my favorite scrapbooking techniques! I love the way layering adds so much visual interest to a layout. I tend to layer a lot…it is truly my “go to” technique. Since I’ve received so many requests about my layering style, I thought it would be fun to create a layering tutorial.

Layering is very fun…all you need is a few coordinating papers and a basic design idea and you are good to go. Simply positioning layers of paper and embellishments in a creative way can add so much volume to a layout!

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To start, I introduce the layering technique, followed by a demonstration of how to select layering and background papers as well as  selecting embellishments to be used as clusters around a layout. Of course, this is a very basic tutorial, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to layering!

Next, I provide step-by-step instructions on how to layer various elements on the layout. Viewers are encouraged to play along  while learning the technique. Ultimately, the tutorial concludes with the creation of a layered scrapbook layout – from start to finish. This technique can be applied to any layout size from 8.5 x 11 to 12×12.


For this tutorial you will need:

  • Card stock (background/base)
  • Pattern paper (3-5 pieces)
  • A variety of embellishments – die cuts, wood veneers, flare, enamel dots, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Rotary paper cutter
  • Adhesive
  • Tiny attacher (optional)


Feel free to pause the video as you practice the layering technique! But most of all, relax and have fun!

So, without further ado…I present to you… Scrapbooking for Mortals Tutorial #1 – Layering!


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