Tone-on-Tone Background Layout

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am going to show you how to create a tone-on-tone background on your next project.

I love to see others use white backgrounds on layouts but whenever I try it myself, I always feel like mine look simple and unfinished. So with that in mind, I thought I would try to create a tone-on-tone background that would allow me to use white while adding texture and visual interest.

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First of all, I started with a white cardstock panel and some white cardstock house die cuts.

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I measured and marked the center of my layout.

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Then I adhered the first die cut to the center of the panel.

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Using a ruler as a guide and one of the die cuts as a spacer, I adhered my second die cut in place.

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After I got one row started, I used the ruler as a guide to start a column of die cuts.

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Having a row and a column to go by, I started using two rulers to  adhere the rest.

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I offset the rows to create a more eye-pleasing pattern.

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Once I was finished adhering the die cuts, I had some overhang.

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I trimmed the edges with some scissors.

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I ended up with this:

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All that was left to do was adding embellishments, a little bit of stitching, and my photo.

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I love the look (almost like it is embossed!) and I can’t wait to try it again!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!



10 thoughts on “Tone-on-Tone Background Layout

  1. Shelly says:

    Every time I see the layouts with die cuts, I wish I had a Cricut. Of course, this is beautiful, but seemed like so much work. I like quick and easy layouts (because I’m so far behind on my scrapbooking!)

    • Roree Rumph says:

      This one was a little time consuming, Shelly, but you can get a similar tone-on-tone look by using a larger single-cut die cut in the same cardstock or patterned paper as your background panel.

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