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Hands and Hearts Layout–NAChattin

This two page layout was created on 8” by 8” card stock for a theme album. The variety of card stock at Paper Temptress gives the designer the freedom to create with abandon. The design keys on this layout are the use of 3-color palette and creating a contrast with choices of card stock and elements.

Hands & Hearts title page







Neenah Super Smooth ivory –scalloped mat, journal tag, title

Brown Bag Cardstock – base card stock

Olive Brown Bag –torn paper frame, border, dragonfly punch

Poison Ivory –text weight on colored dragonfly, card stock weight on swirl die cut

Opal –base card stock, dragonfly punch


Torn Paper Frame Overlay (tutorial below)

Alcohol Markers on text weight Poison Ivory

Die cuts and punches: fabric and card stock

Hidden journaling on pull out tag

Stamped and Handwritten Title

Torn Paper Overlay Frame

Basic Premise—Instead of placing a mat behind your photo, create an overlay frame that sits on top of your photo by removing the center of your cardstock

Key Ingredient—Double sided card stock (text weight works best for tearing but heavier weights will work too)


  1. Cut a piece of card stock sized 2-3 inches larger than your photo
  2. Trace the edges of your photo onto the back side of the card stock
  3. Cut a small X in the center of your sketched area and cut with a craft knife
  4. Starting from the X tear out the center of the card stock around 3 of the edges

   (Tip—tear just under your sketch line)

  1. Leave excess paper on one edge and fan fold it on the outside of the frame
  2. Glue fan folds together and accent with embellishments such as the fabric flower and wire stem used here


Check out my blog to see links and samples of over lay frames and more.

Hands Linked shows my Mom with her great-grandaughter Hailee

The card stock (all from Paper Temptress):

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