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5 Designer Tips with Glenda


Hi Fancy Pants Design Crafters! 

Scrapbooking is a visual art based on basic design principles: visual triangle, focal point, balance, contrast, repetition and gradation. Here are a few tips and ideas that I use when creating double-page layouts.

No 1: Create a Canvas

Start with a ‘canvas’ of two sheets of patterned or plain paper joined to create a 24“ x 12” background to work on. Be mindful of the centerline when adding photos and embellishments.

All About Me - Layout

No 2: Composition and Balance

Composition of a layout includes the title, journaling, photos and embellishments. When creating a double-page layouts repeat elements on both sides, even if it is using the same patterned paper. Consider the negative space created by the background that surrounds elements on the layout.

No 3: Repetition

Repeating elements pulls the layout together particularly a double page layout. When combining repetition and gradation, you guide the eye to important parts on the layout.

All About Me - Repetition

No 4: Dimension

Adding dimension to a layout creates interest. This can be done by grouping buttons, flowers, and stickers to the layout. Raising elements with foam squares or pop dots also creates dimension.


All About Me - Dimension


No 5: Visual Triangle

Visual triangles concentrate on placing a title, photos and embellishments in a way that they all connect and move the eye around the layout pulling the elements together. Elements used in odd numbers (1, 3 or 5) will have a visually pleasing look.

All About Me - Beads

All About Me - Ribbon

Photos are an important aspect of any layout. The direction to which the people or person in the photo are looking guides the eye to the next item or photo.

I enjoyed creating this layout using the fabulous Fancy Pants Designs Park Bench Collection, including the hand stitching of the beads on the layout!


Take care,


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