In terms of value-for-money I think very few embellishment can beat the ephemera / die-cut shapes pack. Most manufacturers include one, if not more, in each new collection released. Crate Paper offers three packs for their Maggie Holmes Open Book line, of which my favourite is the vellum shapes. I love the variety that's included in that pack : brush-script phrases for titles / sub-titles, journal cards and frames for layering around a photo plus lots of small, differently shaped pieces (from arrows to rabbits, from flowers to dart boards) to pretty up a page.
I couldn't resist using a whole bunch of these die-cuts on this Citrus Twist page. Since they are vellum they have a soft translucency that ensures it's not overwhelming even when used in quantity. I start by placing pieces around the framed photo then slowing build upwards and downwards by adding more die-cuts. Being strategic with the colour of pieces used I'm able to create little visual triangles of pink and of green to lead the viewer's eye around the page.
Since it's almost Christmas I decide to give my page a festive mood by including touches of gold in the form of gold-flecked enamel dots and, more importantly, a large block of gold-foil stickers also from the Open Book collection. These label and phrase stickers have an embossed texture and come on a 6"x12" sheet. Instead of using individual stickers I treat the entire sticker sheet as a textured paper, cutting out alphabets for my title from it.
Overall the effect is soft and pretty, but also very me with the use of strong, clear shapes and an underpinning of eye-catching typography which is lifted from one of Michael Bierut's award-winning poster designs.
Citrus Twist Dec Kits : Crate Paper Open Book (Vellum Die-Cuts, Gold Stickers, Pages), Crate Paper Notes & Things Chipboard Frames, May Arts White Lace Ribbon, Gossmaer Blue Get Happy Enamel Dots, cardstock
Photo Credit : http://freeios7.com/wallpaper-cat-in-bed/