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Friday, May 1, 2015

Tips for the Month of May 2015

Hi!

This is a Summary of the April 2015 Tips of the Week, I've written for Sunshine Inspired Designs (SID)'s blog.

It's a start for me to share them also here at my own hobby blog, Creo by Lady Katutz.  If you need to refer for some more layout examples, I've added the link to SID's blog on her weekly tip of the week post.

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TIP No. : 1  When You have many photos you want to use in a layout, arrange them in a grid.

How do you scrap? Or digi scrap?  Are you a single photo scrapper or a multiple photo scrapper?

Our tip #1 are for multiple photo scrappers.  One technique you can make use is by “Arranging multiple photos in a grid”. 
  
This could take many forms in one’s layout:  1) I used to have multiple photos at the center of the page in a block style format (like in a grid form).  2) Another way, is if you’d want to utilize a calendar type of layout depicting highlights in a month or in a year done calendar style – much like in a grid form.  3) Or you can just plainly arrange them in a grid in any order you’d wish your photos to appear on your layout.

Here are my layout examples from YEAR 2011 & 2014 for Tip No. 1:
My 2011 to 2014 Layout Examples:  (L to R) "Kath in SG" paper LO i 2014 for Filipino Scrapbookers;  "USS Birthday Bash 2014" digital LO in 2014 with Crescent Moon Designs (now Charly Renay Designs); "Year 2013 - January" digital Project Life page in 2013; "New Hair" paper traditional LO in 2011 for Sketches4All;  "September 2011" paper traditional LO entry in 2011 at Colorful Creations;  and "My 1st 13 Years" paper traditional LO entry in 2011 at Colorful Creations.

To read more on the tip, visit SID's blog April 1st post.

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TIP No. : 2  Keep your photos and embellishments small to get maximum ‘white space’ for modern look.

Tip #2 is on the use of WHITE SPACE on your layouts.  
 
Layouts with white space are characterized by the use of only a small area on your layout, making it possible for viewers to breathe just by looking at your layout.

By keeping your photos small and the use of embellishments to a minimum, your buying more free space or what we call white space for your layout.

These kinds of layouts are characterized by a photo in a cluster of embellishments, may they be small paper strips, small flower embellishments or elements, to a cluster of small artful doodles.

These are completely wonderful and sweet layouts to lay your eyes on. 

Here are my layout examples for Tip No. 2:
My 2011 to 2015 Examples:  (clockwise) "Jardin de Vasco de Gama" digital LO in 2014 with Scrappy Bee;  "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" digital LO in 2015 with Scrappy Bee; "My Scrappy Life" paper traditional LO in 2011 entry at Colorful Creations (published at Scrapbooking.com in 2012);  and a Handmade Card project with Let's Make Greeting Cards' Cardmaking Day in 2012.

To read more on the tip, visit SID's blog April 8th post.

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TIP No. : 3  If you want to create movements or energy tilt your photo slightly


The tip #3 is about making your layout more action-oriented or to show energy.

This is to create a layout with a little deviation to clean lines, wherein you’re introducing more energy-driven dimensions or shapes in your layout.

One of the most commonly utilized way is by tilting your photo slightly.  You may even go all the way to tilting a whole photo cluster in a certain way to denote activity in your overall layout’s look. 


Here are my layout examples from YEAR 2013 for Tip No. 3:
 My 2013 Layout Examples:  (clockwise) "Cafe by the Ruins" digital LO with Inspiredbydominic Designs;  "Rowena's Tagaytay Happy Christmas" digital LO with Inspiredbydominic Designs; "Last Breakfast at Modesto's" digital LO with Crescent Moon Designs (now Charly Renay Designs);  and "Kath" paper traditional LO with Filipino Scrapbookers.


To read more on the tip, visit SID's blog April 15th post.


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TIP No. : 4  Don't be afraid to use paint strokes and splatters on your layouts.

This tip no. 4 is about artsy layouts and how to come up with them.  They could come in forms of pure artsy stuff or they can be grungy in look or airy.  It depends upon your theme and motif.

The best technique is to make use of paint strokes.  They may be paint smears, paint brushstrokes or the most commonly utilized are paint splatters whether in digital layouts or paper mixed media layouts.

These paint elements can be utilized to aid your background or utilized to come in the middle of the process of your layouts and not just plain background on cardstock or paper.  Or the best would be to utilize them as your layout’s accent may they appear as accent in color or in style.

Here are layout examples for Tip No. 4:
My 2014-2015 Layout Examples:  (L to R from Top to Bottom) - "Swing Into Spring" digital LO with Scrappy Bee in 2014; "All Heart Eversince" digital LO with Inspiredbydominic Designs in 2014; "Simple Life" digital LO with Sushine Inspired Designs in 2015; "Happy Easter 2014" digital LO with Scrappy Bee in 2015; "'Tis the Season" paper traditional LO in 2013; "Carol ad Kath" paper traditional LO in 2013.

To read more on the tip, visit SID's blog April 22nd post.

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TIP No. : 5  Don't be afraid to Mix and Match Papers and Elements from Different Kits

Tip #5 is trying to utilize elements and papers from different kits and designers.  Or with paper layouts . . . make use of different collection kit in one paper traditional layout.

I have to admit I started scrapbooking not used to working with kits or known as collection kits in year 2010.  I would usually purchase pattern papers and in year 2011 digital kits and yet not work on a per collection kit or digital kit basis.  I was used to combining my scraps and different or varying papers and elements or embellishments purchased from stores or won from different challenges.

I found out that it is usually much easier to narrow down once choices and confine yourself working on one digital kit collection.  But there comes a time when you are in search of a particular element or embellishment for your layout which couldn’t be found from one and the same digital kit or paper collection kit by a manufacturer.  

It is best to combine a few digital kits to complete one’s layout or try combining and matching papers and embellishments from different manufacturers or designers for what is pleasing to the eye.


You may not work on the theme of the digital kit or collection kit you're working on and make your layout into a general-themed layout with the use of different kits or collections.  You may be going for a specific color motif or another more general theme for your project LO.  Just don’t be afraid to try and venture outside of working on just one kit.

Here are layout examples for Tip No. 5:
My 2012-2015 Layout Examples:  (L to R from Top to Bottom) - "Ribbon Flair" handmade card with Filipino Scrapbookers in 2014; "Happy, Happy 2015 Birthday" Book of Life (Project Life) digital page in 2015; "Bag of Beans" paper mixed media LO in 2015; "French Language Class (March to May 2003)" digital LO with Kaboodle Doodles in 2012.

To read more on the tip, visit SID's blog April 29th post.



2 comments:

  1. Wow, it's already Friday in Philipines :) Great post Kathleen.

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