Triple Take: The Art of Embellishment

Anna Aspnes

Combine words and photos, and you've got the essentials of a scrapbook: a personal expression that tells the story of a memory. Add embellishments and your scrapbook pages can be instantly transformed into a form of art. Essentially, elements used correctly can take your pages from drab to fab!

For these projects, our designers used the Big Dreams and Pocket Treasures Kit by Laurie Anderson, available at


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anna aspnes | contributing editor
materials paper, elements from “Big Dreams and Pocket Treasures” kit  + CK Painterly and 1942 Report fonts + Photoshop (Adobe)

Elements can be changed and altered using the magic of your photo-editing software tools. You can duplicate them, change their color, increase the opacity or apply blending modes. Combine one or more of these methods and you have a multitude of possibilities for your pages.

Tip: Try creating brushes from your elements to make them more versatile. In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, select element, then choose Edit > Define Brush Preset.


cassie jones | creative team
s elements from “Big Dreams and Pocket Treasures” kit + “How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows” tutorial by Cassie Jones + "Basic Paper Alpha Beige" Alpha by Katie Pertiet ( + Pea Mystie font + Photoshop (Adobe)

Add layer styles such as Stroke, Outer Glow or Drop Shadow to achieve different looks. Experiment with the size, color and opacity of the various layer styles to increase the artistic depth of your pages.


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anke turco
paper elements from “Big Dreams and Pocket Treasures” kit  + Century Gothic, Laundromat 1967 and LD Keri fonts + Photoshop (Adobe)


Not sure how to place elements on your layout? Try grouping small accents together in one or more groups and arranging them asymmetrically on your page. Use an odd number of elements in each group for the most aesthetically pleasing effect.


the kit we used

Kit Preview:

Laurie Anderson's "Big Dreams and Pocket Treasures" kit is packed with fun, dimensional elements that give any layout a playful touch. Coordinating solid and patterned papers tie the look together effortlessly.





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