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". ~Author Unknown
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.
How I Design Layouts
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:
Making a triangle shape with your elements somehow pleases the eye
Using odd numbers of flowers or other embellishments is more
pleasing than using even numbers
It helps to have a focal point on the page - something you want
people to notice first - so you embellish that one thing more than you
embellish other bits of the page
Lines help to 'organise' the page somehow. The eye naturally
follows lines so if you make a line with cardstock strips, ribbon, lace,
or even a row of pictures, you will draw attention to that spot on the
The Rule of Thirds means dividing the page up
in thirds (in your mind) as a way of balancing things. Divide your page
up vertically and horizontally in your mind, then place your main
picture on one of the points where the lines intersect
The eye is also drawn to sparkle, so use glitter, shimmer, pearls or crystals where you want people to look
I also look for things in the photographs that I can use as
is the person wearing something with shapes on it? I use those shapes in the embellishments
Are there flowers in the photo? I use those colours and even those flower shapes to embellish
Is there a dominant colour in the photo? I use that colour and complementary or contrasting colours in the
Matting or outlining your main photo or page edges really seems to finish things off nicely
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 Those Who Want More!
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.
If you would like to have help to design layouts by having a whole lot of ready-made sketches at your fingertips, I foundthis offerfor you. I believe it is priced well as you will receive 500 sketches and another useful resource when you purchase it.
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.
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