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Sunday-someplace-else (Carole Janson)

There are tons of blogs out there. Hugely inspiring scrappers who have styles I admire. One of them is Carole Janson, an Aussie scrapper, who’s blog, 3 Dimensional Me, never fails to make my jaw drop at the amazing complexity of her layouts and other projects. I have always been a fan of multi-level elements, often using three or more heights of pop-dot like items on a layout, or overlapping items to create height, but Carols takes it all to a new level (ha, ha) Her cards also incorporate very dimensional elements, with layer upon layer of cut-paper work, another thing I have made use of on a lesser level.  Given the amount of paper I have at this stage in my scrapping, I am a lot less hesitant to “waste” a sheet of paper by cutting out an element or two to put it on a layout, saving the background bits for stamping or printing titles, journaling, whatever.

I want to particularly highlight a technique she uses, seen above first on a layout and then on a card, of cutting a little strip of paper, usually with text on, and mounting it so it is raised above the surface in a convex arc. I just love how it looks and how it really focuses your eye on the words.  Great idea, and one I think I can make use of in my scrapping.

If I could have a chat with Carol, I would ask her how she manages to store these very dimensional pages in an album!  When I have done very “high” layouts I either have to trim off a bit of the sides to make sure the pages fit in a page protector, and then have to worry about the pages getting flattened when the album is closed.  I would love to know her tricks for keeping them looking 3-d! At one point I know they sold thick, hard PPs, much like the packaging the Fancy Pants 12×12 stamp sets come in, but I can see having an album with only about 10 pages in them using those.  Not practical when you have 100s of layouts LOL!

Anyway, I hope you will pop over to Carol’s blog and have a look.  She really is an amazing talent and I’m sure she will inspire you to new levels of scrapping  (again, ha,ha)