Creating a tone on tone background with Laura Vegas!

Creating a tone on tone background with Laura Vegas!

Hey everyone! Laura Vegas here with a quick tip for creating a subtle tone-on-tone background for your projects. I am a huge fan of creating die cut backgrounds to add a bit of interest to my layouts, without overwhelming the rest of the elements on the page. I tend to use my Silhouette Cameo to die cut most of my backgrounds, but there are occasions that I just can’t find the exact background that I’m looking for.


Since I use white cardstock as the base of so many of my layouts, I especially love to create white-on-white backgrounds. It helps add some texture and dimension on which to build the rest of your design. For this layout, I wanted a star background on half of the page. I couldn’t find the design I had in mind to use with my Cameo, so I pulled out my trusty star punch and punched out a ton of stars from a sheet of white cardstock. I adhered them in rows on one half of my white cardstock background.


When I have a large portion of white that will show on my page, I like to lightly spritz the area with some spray mists so it’s not so flat or plain.


I then went about assembling the other half of my page, adhering some patterned paper strips, a glittered paper strip, and a few punched border strips.


Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Simple Stories (blue), Pink Paislee (cream music note); Glitter paper: Fancy Pants; Alpha stickers: American Crafts (grey), Jillibean Soup (blue), Making Memories (cream ledger); Chipboard alphas: Making Memories; Plastic stars: Heidi Swapp; Rhinestone brads: Making Memories; Silver glitter accents: SEI; Mists: Heidi Swapp; Punches: Fiskars

Here’s how it looks on my finished layout. The white punched stars add some interest to what would otherwise be a flat and simple background. By keeping the stars the same color as my background cardstock, they still allow my title and journaling to stand out.



Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you’ll give this simple and subtle technique a try!

~  Laura Vegas


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  1. Mo Jo May 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Great layout! And your daughter looks beautiful!

  2. Sally Cranney May 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Love this!! Such a cool idea!

  3. Kay May 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Great technique with the layers, and a great background for the journaling. Not really a girly girl?..?…look again! Beautiful!

  4. SusanDR May 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Stunning! Layout and kids!

  5. Renee V. May 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Great LO and thanks for sharing your tips!

  6. Marie May 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Love the idea and look! Great texture.

  7. barbara macaskill May 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful layout! I love tone on tone projects and the misting is a great idea to add a little color! TFS!

  8. Isbaha May 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Wonderful layout !

  9. Amber M. May 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Man, I love this layout by Laura (and have pinned it, for sure)! There is just something about Laura’s style that really attracts me – I’ve never seen a layout by her that I haven’t said to myself, “gotta try it!!!”. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Happy sunny Wednesday 🙂

  10. Kim Thomas May 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    It’s gorgeous, Laura. You are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. 🙂

  11. Tona May 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    What a fantastic layout!!! The tone on tone portion really sets the everything else off.

  12. Trish May 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Tone on tone rocks my boat and yours is super!

  13. SandraA May 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Great layout! Laura’s daughter looks fabulous, and the tone on tone background is awesome.

  14. Ruby M May 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Lovely layout. The stars have impact.

  15. Deb Cain May 8, 2014 at 12:42 am

    wow….love the idea!!!! Great Card!!!!! thanks for sharing…..

  16. Donna Rawbone May 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Absolutely beautiful. I love it. Another great inspiration.

  17. TracyM #6773 May 9, 2014 at 6:40 am

    WOW wow WOW
    STUNNING layout Laura!!!
    LOVE your starry background, elegant design and beautiful colour combo – LOVE IT ALL!!!

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