Edge Overlays - Easy and Dramatic

Elizabeth Weaver

Designing Ninjas
Have you ever played around with edge overlays? I use them a TON for my own layouts. They add so much visual interest to a background without covering the central focus, and can change the entire ‘feel’ of your page. You can mix and match them, stack, recolour, rotate them, mirror them – there are just so many possibilities with this kind of embellishment!

Here is an example of how an edge overlay makes this otherwise rather flat background come alive:

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An overlay on different backgrounds changes things up yet again, so you can use them over and over. In this example, even without mirroring, rotating, recoloring, or stacking, you still have three unique new backgrounds:

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Sometimes an edge overlay is almost the only embellishment you need to enhance your special photos or complete a page of journaling:



They work equally well on graphic style or paper style layouts, and you never need to add a drop shadow to an overlay edge – it is there simply to enhance and change the look of your background or photo. Make sure to add it as the layer directly above your background or full-page sized photo, then add shadowed elements on top of it:



You can even use them with dramatic effect on plain black or white as a background – no scrapbooking ‘paper’ needed:


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Many of my kits contain overlay edges which are not obvious in the sample images, but I also package unique ones in sets of five and occasionally I will include a bonus background. I would say there are probably overlay sets on almost every page of my store, I love them so much!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Preaching to the choir here. You're the best overlay designer, hands down.
Years ago, I made a separate file for just your overlays so they are ready for final touches on my pages.
Sometimes I use them as frames too to give my photos artsy edges. Versatile, beautiful and easy peasy!


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Love a good edge overlay and once you start playing with blending modes the possibilities are endless. I will sometimes just use a particularly interesting corner from one too - either deleting the sides I don't need or by making it bigger and dragging the 'other' edges off the page.


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I just looked through my gallery. I only have 20 layouts in there (including siggies) and it looks like 7 of them use an edge overlay of some sort!