Once, when The (Not So) Small One was a little girl, she got herself all dressed up to go to a birthday party; and then she wrapped a scarf round her neck and she was ready to go. When she came home, she said that all the mums had told her that she looked just like me. Well observed. Not the looks, obviously, but the scarf, for that would be me, no doubt about it.
She's all grown up now, with her own style, which, thanks to a special order birthday present, includes a pair of bright blue Doc Marten boots.
I'm still a scarf wearer. I layer. And that's not just my age talking. I've always done it, in scrapbooking too. I find it hard to resist adding just one more piece (though when I'm layering on paper I try to add meaning with every detail I include. Meaning, or purpose).
By which I mean, let the layers work for their place. I have a painted over book page to show that her school days are over, flowers to add emphasise to my title, a bow to bring out the detail of the shoelaces in the photo, and I hope that brought together they give my layout greater emotional depth.
That's the fancier way of putting it. I could just as easily say that adding embellishments to squares is a lot of fun. The advantage of building on the squares is that you don't have to glue the end result to your layout if you don't like it, or if you take one look and decide that it would better suit another project. It's a win, win before you even begin to factor in the stash usage.
This page was originally made for the new Get It Scrapped article Scrapbook Ideas For Creating Pages With Rich Layers.