Avid scrapbookers everywhere know the exhilaration you get when you find yourself tickled with your latest scrapbook page pursuit. Especially if it’s a new type of look that you’ve never tried before. Whether you’re trying to spruce up the background or make your accents more creative, you’ll find that using laser cut paper is a great way to bring it up a notch.
The latest issue of Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks 2010 had some very easy ways to use laser cut paper that will make your latest scrap booking pages look very polished and professionally done. It may look complicated, but it’s not.
Using contrast when layering
You can find some interesting and distinctive backgrounds for your scrapbook page when using laser cut paper. The best part about using laser cut paper as a background is that it is usually very detailed and can be contrasted well with other elements and pictures that are more solidly composed. This will help them pop off the page for a more striking look.
Using cut into shapes
You can achieve a more whimsical look by using laser cut paper as a background and placing it in back of your cardstock rather than in front of it. Do this by attaching chunks of small but similar pieces of laser cut paper behind the cardstock, then cutting out circles ranging in different sizes. This allows the laser cut papers to peer through the shape. This makes for a very trendy type of look.
Switch it up
You may find yourself with laser cut paper pieces that are in shapes, sizes and patterns that your wild about, but you don’t particularly like the color, or the images printed on the sheets aren’t something you’re too keen with. In this case you could try using some shimmery spray ink, or perhaps another spray ink that you like for switching up your laser cut paper pieces into something you like.
Use as much as you can
The biggest challenge when using laser cut paper, is trying to use as much of it as you can to get the most out of one sheet. This can prove to be difficult but it can be done. Just do as much cutting and shaping as possible along with your spray ink, and the other methods discussed above, and you’ll be in business.
As professionally done as your scrapbooking pages look after using laser cut paper, you’ll find you’re going to want to use it full time, and you’re not alone. There’s lots of reasons to like this stuff!
July issue of Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks