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Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
When you first realise you need to design layouts when scrap booking or card making, this can feel very daunting. But it does not have to be!
"Memories are like sand castles
only by putting them in a safe place
can you prevent them from washing away".
You may have asked yourself if you need to be an artist or graphic design artist in order to be a good paper crafter?
Fortunately, the answer is no, you do not! Scrapbooking and card making is a very personal craft, and really, whatever pleases you is right and good for your own work.
There are some basic principles of design that could be of use to some of you at times though, so I am going to list some of them for you here. I know I like to read through this list whenever I have a page that seems to be missing something, or seems to lack balance, or I just know something is wrong with it but cannot immediately tell what it is.
Maybe having a list of elements of design available will help you in the same way that it helps me.
When it comes to creating a pleasing scrapbook or card layout, I have discovered this:
Stephanie from Expert Village says what I am trying to say and shows you visually how to apply some of the things I have listed for you:
For those of you who want more information about how an artist thinks so you can apply it to design layouts, here are the Elements of Design, according to John Lovett, a mixed media artist:
Then he lists the Principles of Design:
Each of the listed items is expanded with pictures on John Lovett's
website, so do read further if you think it will help.
I hope this page has helped you feel more confident about how to design layouts for your cards and scrapbook pages.
Remember, in spite of what I have written here, the rules of design are made to be broken, and it is the page that pleases YOU the most that you are looking for in the end. Yes. Really.