It's Robin with a tip on layering. I love using lots and lots of layers on my projects. The trick is, not to go overboard. I have been asked by many new scrapbookers about my layering process. I don't really have process, but I will share how I began layering.
The easiest way to begin layering is to chose a specific paper collection. Here, I have used the "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" collection from Graphic 45. If you are just beginning to add layers and dimension to your projects, I find using a collection is a great help. The papers all coordinate which makes it easier. I love using circles, rectangles and squares behind my photos. Simple matting also creates a dramatic effect without a lot of fuss.
Creating custom embellishments using coordinated collections also helps. You can use your die cutting machines or templates you have to create one-of-a-kind embellishments which further add to your layers.
Remember to have fun when you try new techniques. Practice makes perfect and you will be layering in no time! Enjoy!