Digiscrap Tutorial | Layering Up Leaves

Hello Everyone! This is Jenn, aka jk703, here to she some scrapping tidbits on this warm January. It’s an odd January here, actually, an odd winter! We’ve got 60 degree weather and plants are starting to grow! I think Mother Nature wants a vacation!

Today, I’m going to focus on leaves and a simple tip that might bring more oomph to your flowers clusters than you thought! This is also not my strongest skill in Photoshop, but if I can make it simple, and show you one easy way… then you can give it a whirl too!

Here is my page – I’ve used Forever Joy Blessings Kit (so gorgeous) and New Years templates from new designer at TLP, Scrapping with Liz.

When adding a flower to my pages, I always look for foliage to layer underneath them. This gives them a little more space, and sometimes a more focused focal point for one of my little clusters. I love bigger flowers, too! Here is my page, using a flower and a set of leaves found in the Blessings kit.
While the flower is there, it feels sort of empty and a little bare. Having a larger element within your cluster. I also tend to use different sized elements when making a cluster. You can scrap any way you’d like, but adding different sizes, textures, and kinds of elements adds more to your layout. One set of leaves are on this layout:

Here is my page, and how it changes just a smidgen with an extra set of leaves. Who would have thought that leaves could make a little difference. It bulks it up a little more, and elongates the flower a bit toward the bottom. I placed them on top of the initial leaf layer, and twisted the leaves. BUT, if you look closer, my leaves are not exact replicas of each layer.
Two sets of leaves:
Here is a key tip when layering leaves, especially the same element of leaves is to change it. Duplicate your leaf layer first, then from the Photoshop Menu Bar – Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontally (or Vertically). That is all I’ve done with the top layer on the image above.
Here is another view of the leaves duplicated and transformed using this method, and three layer of leaves.
You can go as leaf crazy as you’d like! And you can also add something to a layer by adding a little darker edge to the leaf. By using the Burn Tool, you can darken the edges up simply to give the leaves a different look. Just make sure you are on the leaf layer that you want to darken the edges of.  This way it doesn’t look like the same leaf over and over.
Another good idea when adding leaves for focal clusters is trying out other locations – it’s a trial and error when placing leaves in a cluster, or any element for that matter. A lot of times I start to work with “points.” I look at my flower and it has a round center, and many times the leaves can “point” out. So… I make a quasi triangle with the ends. When making my triangles, I also tend to delete portions of the leaves. Like this:
One of the best tips that I ever learned was to look at other flower clusters that you admire, and see if you can replicate it. Trying to match, you will learn what you like to see. Here are some images from the Forever Joy Gallery by the CT that show some really awesome leaf layers!
This layout by Vickyang uses Blessings… look at all those flower and foliage layers!
This layout is by roxanamdm, and she used Cabin Fever. The different types of foliages can be combined to give your flower or clusters so much depth!
 Jetjez used Greener Grass and Birds of a Feather for her layout. Looks a the cute little flower clusters, and the foliage under the title work!

Enjoyourpix created a fun layout with a flower and foliage cluster in the corner. It actually is a wonderful “point”on her page. Do you see how there is a triangle – the photos, the flower cluster and the top corner circle/ellies. Very pretty! She used 2 Cool 4 School and Basic Neutrals.
My final page went to the less layering, as usually, but I still believe an extra set of leaves can give those flower clusters so extra pull on your focal element clusters!
There you go… some tips for leaf and flower clusters!
Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see your pages in the gallery soon!
Jenn | jk703


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  1. Very good points, here – I'm always looking for tips on clustering and layering, and have done some of what you mention, but darkening the edges a bit? What a great tip!

  2. Very good points, here – I'm always looking for tips on clustering and layering, and have done some of what you mention, but darkening the edges a bit? What a great tip!

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