Thursday

How to use seemingly disparate elements on your layouts (part 2)





I love using bits of found and random stuff on my projects and try to make them "work" somehow. I shared my tips on how to use seemingly disparate elements on your layouts back in August. Here is Part 2.

My-little-helper
My little helper

1. Use a dark grounding colour to help guide the eye across the layout.

On this layout, I repeated the black paper strips as markers to guide the eye across the photos right down to the titlework and journaling.

Three-boys,-a-girl-and-a-fire-hydrant
Three boys, one girl and a fire hydrant
2. Create a "frame" with your elements.

Here I used the chipboard pieces - the hexagon ones and the birdies - to "frame" my photos.

Layered-stencils-layout-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-Workshop
Mixing the new with the old
3. Go with the visual triangle.

On this layout, I played with the visual triangle in a couple of ways  - a. I placed the photos within a triangle; b. The fussy-cut big blooms form a triangle to "frame" the photos; c. There are triangles in the misted background design. 


At-last
At last
4. Play up a shape by repeating it on your layout.

Repeating a shape on your layout helps to tie everything together somehow. Here I used the circle shape - in the photos, the buttons, the circles on the misted background, the circles on the polka-dotted washi tape. 


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Why we need an umbrella indoors: the McCafe story
5. Make it look like an advertisement.

Incorporate a product shot (the food) and a user shot (my mum), throw in a testimonial ("It's so sunny in here!"), a summary of the main selling features (#1 - 3), a caption to draw the viewer in (The McCafe story) and finish with some happy elements (bird and flowers) and colours.


The-red-bean-cake
The story about the red bean cake
6. Use one colour to guide the eye.

It may not be obvious here since my layout is so colourful but I used the hot pink throughout the layout as a visual marker for the eye (the chipboard flowers, the ribbon center and sides, the scroll chipboard, the ticket tab).


Layout-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road-Ruby-Rock-It-Swap
A layout by Yvonne Yam for Maya Road/Ruby Rock-It swap
7. Go with the pinboard format.

You know how it is with your inspirational board at home - you just put stuff you like on it. Apply it to a layout and you have a bunch of random stuff that somehow works together! *LOL*


There you have it. Another 7 ways to use seemingly disparate elements on your layouts. Do you use any of them?


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5 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are a rock star! I loveeeeeeeee these tips!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa said...

Fabulous tips and amazing projects!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Cindy deRosier said...

Fabulous tips! Your scrapbook style is so much fun!

Lynn said...

Thanks for the tips! You make it seem so easy; maybe even I could do it. Your layouts are so pretty and appealing.

Audrey Pettit said...

Freaking LOVE your layouts, Girl! And you always WOW with all your tips and design ideas!

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