“Sparkle” or “shine” is a great way to add oomph to your scrapbook page designs. There are many materials that can be used to add that little bit of sparkle to your page, including metallic paints, inks or sprays, glitter, and metal elements.
See how our creative team added sparkle to their pages with intention and to support their stories.
Stefanie Semple says, “This layout documents a self-portrait that my daughter had to draw in 2011.”
“I used glitter products to add a touch of sparkle. The flowers have gem-studded centers; the title is glittered; and the heart and foliage also have glitter sprinkled on them as well.”
“As this layout is about my daughter creating art I wanted to use bold colors and add sparkles that complement the gem-studded mirror she was using to study her reflection. I love adding a piece of striped patterned paper to draw the colors on the layout together, and this paper has a gold glittered stripe which adds that special something, contrasting with its shine and dimension.”
Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “This is a layout about when we picked up my youngest daughter’s guinea pig after she had had to wait for so long!”
“To add importance and glam to the principal photo–the close up of my daughter and her piggie–I backed up the photo with gold glittery cardstock. I also added a gold metallic heart next to the photo.”
“When using glitter in a purposeful way, I try to go light on glitter and to really think of the effect I want first. Here, the glittery mat is about 1/8 of an inch wide, which is really small, but it works great to bring the viewer’s eye right where I want it. I also repeated that same cardstock on the lower left of my layout, where I added the date, so that the sparkle of the mat doesn’t feel out of place. Same thing for that metallic heart next to the photo. I added one more heart to the right side of the photo where it says “and then they were two” and one very small one next to the date. Basically I picked out the elements that were important and I used the glitter/gold metal to give them more importance.”
Deborah Wagner says, “My niece and her fiance had their engagement party on a boat. To give glamour to the page, I added gold accents. I used gilded frames to hold glitter elements because they reminded me of portholes. To keep the page balanced, one of the vellum words in the title was replaced with a glitter alpha. When I gave the page to my niece she was surprised and delighted with the mix of nautical and shimmer. My tip for using sparkle is to add some twinkle to every page, but be careful not to over-do it.”
Devra Hunt says, “This age is about my son, just graduated from high school and leaving soon for college.”
“Since this page is about a celebration, I used glitter-filled epoxy stars. They add both dimension and shine and are part of the theme of the page. They are slightly outside the block which draws attention to them as well. The sentiment stickers happened to be gold foiled, which also added to the celebratory theme. The gold spray splatters coordinate with the stars and are fun.”
“Sparkle is a great way to draw attention to elements on the page. In one particular place or to move the eye around the page.”
Amy Kingsford says, “These are photos of a last trip of the season to the lake. It was almost too cold to get in the water but we braved it anyway!”
“I used a variety of metals, including brads, charms and a metallic bead to bring a touch of shine to my page and accentuate the highlights in my mostly dark photos. I feel like the addition of these items help to recreate that magical look of the sun glinting off the water on my scrapbook page.”
Debbie Hodge says, “These photos are from a day trip to Freeport, Maine–home of LL Bean and outlet stores–with my mom on a warm day in the midst of winner. While LL Bean is an outdoorsy store, what we purchased were purses from the Dooney and Bourke outlet. Thus, I added sparkle with my gold-glitter title to get some girlyness into the page. The page has a visual triangle of sparkle: the title, the small gold brad in the center of the flower, and the flair of a deer.”