Put different Graphic Shapes Together
Use the Graphic Shapes dies to make a creative photo border.
Paije filled in the outer parts with a different photo than the inner parts. Putting all of the dies right next to each other - with all the little pieces - make them look far more advanced than Explore Level!
The key here was Paije used different graphic shapes designs and used multiple different photos to get this design that appears advanced.
This Layout Features: 12x12 Daytime Grid Paper from the Ombré Collection, Graphic Shapes Set 1 & Set 3, Alphabet 2 die set, and the Basic Die Bundle.
Create Different Designs With the Trellis Die
How cool is this look with the Trellis die?
Look at the way Jodi filled in the white part vs the stone areas. The texture of the stone and the repetition of the half circle filled with white cardstock makes these design elements look more complicated then they actually are.
You would think the overall design was made with an Adventure level die!
Use Multiple Gestalt Dies
Gestalt is so cool, yet so simple!
Place this die cut next to each other, and you get this amazing design! Tami filled it in with pattern paper, but you could also use texture photos or long distance landscape shots.
It almost has a kaleidoscope look and appears more advanced for a simple Explore die!
Make an Ernest Border
Ernest naturally looks like an Adventure level die - yet it's only an Explore level!
You can make it look more simple or advanced depending on how you fill it. This die set also allows you to add more photos and isn't purely decorative. Just be sure to get those long distance shots so your subjects fit easily in the circles.
Try Harlequin Across Your Layout
We think Harlequin is a bit overlooked - but don't skip this amazing die set.
There are two dies - one makes a frame with a diamond center, and the other is more for embellishing. Paije used both across the center of her layout and we love how this gives a stained glass feel. She put her photos of the apple trees behind the busier die and framed her little brother, Cole in the open diamond. Paije repeated the apple photos behind the Harlequin dies and it almost looks like a panorama!
Again, this might be an Explore Level die, but your friends will think otherwise!
Make Photo Borders with Half Circles
Doesn't the Half Circle die give quite an impression on this layout?
While you can make the half circle design simple, Paije made it more "advanced" by alternating between two different photos of the fall Colorado trees in each circle section.
This might be a level one die, but it sure makes an amazing Adventure die looking border design!