Wood chips are one of my favorite embellishments I love to add onto my layouts. So sometimes I look for unique and creative ways to incorporate large and small wood chip shapes to my designs. In this article I’ll show you how you can use them creatively and thoughtfully to add more interest to any scrapbooking project. Let’s get started!
Complete the design
You can best use this technique on a journaling card where you have spots to fill in and with word arts.
In this example I have a punch journaling card to fill in with the dates you celebrate Christmas. Instead of writing dates or stamping, I’ve placed wood shapes in those circles in small and large sizes.
Do you have a word art in your layout that has dots or letter “O”? Let’s replace it with the wood shapes! In the below examples, I’ve used star and asterisk to replace the “O” and dot of the “I”.
Use it to add texture
Does your paper or card has a design that you can place your wood shapes onto like circles I have on the brown pocket card and become the pattern itself? Fill them with stars, snowflakes, hearts and whatever that you have in hand!
And in this example I have asterisk pattern on a paper that matches my wood shapes. I couldn’t miss that opportunity to replace some of the asterisk with wood. This way the paper is not so plain and I have an interesting texture to place my other embellishments onto.
Incorporate it into the design
Look for unique opportunities to incorporate the wood chip shapes into the design. In the below examples, I’ve added stars on to the socks garland where there was actually star illustrations, added as the center of the bow on the neck of the deer, placed it on the middle of the star illustration, filled the top part of the label etc. When you find the opportunity, don’t miss it!
Layer it with labels & wordings
Large wood chips are pretty on their own but have you ever combined them with paper labels and word arts? They become even prettier when mixed with your favorite designs. In this example I layered my snowflake shapes with word arts, illustrations, word strips, and even with blank labels that you can write short notes or date!
Use it like a button
Is there anything that needs to be tied down in your scrapbook page like ribbon or string? Use your small wood chip shapes instead of buttons or brads. In one of my layouts, I’ve tied a leaf ribbon to my tag and I glued an asterisk wood chip shape on to the knot. It looks like as if the wood shape holds the ribbon in place.
And maybe you want to give that push pin effect to some of the labels you’re using in your layout. Add a wood shape in there! In these examples I’ve added wood stars on top of the labels, some are centered and some are off-centered for a fun look.
Scatter it around
Can’t do without scattering a fun element on your layout? Why not scatter small wood chips around? Stars, hearts, small circles, snowflakes… Use as many or as little as you wish. And for variety, mix different sizes of the same shape if you have in hand.
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As always, keep documenting because life’s worth recording.
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