Victorian Style: Scrapbooking Using Trims and Hardware

by Kim Jackson
Victorian Style: Scrapbooking Using Trims and Hardware

Update the look of your scrapbook layouts by incorporating fresh and trendy Victorian inspired touches in your scrapbook designs. It's easier than you may think! At the heart of the Victorian vintage look is a combination of hard and soft textures, which you may already have in your scrapbooking stash. Take a look at the following layouts, each of which shows a different way to bring a little Victorian style to your scrapbooking.


Finally London 2-page 12x12 layout by Piradee Talvanna

Finally London by Piradee Talvanna as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Lighten up the look of large metal embellishments, such as keys, on your layouts with delicate, feminine ruffles. Add crepe paper to your layout, like Piradee Talvanna did. Crepe paper is the perfect lightweight material for adding intricate ruffles worthy of a ballerina's wardrobe. It's so easy to fold and tear this material to get just the right look for your layout.


Daddy's Princes 1-page 12x12 layout by Maggie Holmes

Daddy's Princess by Maggie Holmes as seen in the Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture special issue from Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Likewise, balance out billowy frills by adding some weight to your layout, as Maggie Holmes did. Metal frames and flower accents add just the right amount of weight to draw the viewer's eye away from the rosette border.

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Time for Miles 1-page 12x12 layout by Elizabeth Karchner

A Time for Miles by Elizabeth Kartchner as seen in the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

While Maggie and Piradee used large amounts of hard and soft textures on their layouts, Elizabeth Kartchner shows us that Victorian touches can be used in subtle ammounts. Add a strip of airy lace along the border of your layout, and anchor it at one end with an metal embelishment for a perfectly balanced border that you can use to draw your viewer's eye to a photo or, in Elizabeth's case, a journaling block. You can also try accenting metal embellishments with lace, as Elizabeth did with her butterfly.


Spring Love 2-page 8.5x11 layout by Kim Jackson

Spring Love by Kim Jackson as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Victorian-inspired metallic touches don't have to come from metal embelishments. Metallic cardstock offers a wide variety of creative, vintage possibilities! Combine copper, antique gold, or burnished silver cardstock with antique crocheted lace, as Kim Jackson did. The heavier textured lace, strategically placed in the center and to the right, keep the copper cardstock from weighing down the left side of the page. Add a few copper buttons, and you'll have a Victorian-inspired page that will be a show-stopper in your album. Consider additional ways you can use lace to balance metallic cardstock.


For more ideas for using Victorian-inspired looks to create fresh layout designs, see the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


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