Do you struggle with embellishment placement on your projects? If so, then you are going to love this month’s Creative Design Team video collab. This week, we are sharing ways to easily add embellishments to your projects. If you have not had a chance to meet our Creative Design Team, you can learn more about them here.
Our theme this month is Embellishing Made Easy with a focus on creating balanced clusters on your paper crafting projects. In my video, I am going to share five simple tips that I use when I am adding elements to my pages.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to inspire you with a masculine layout you could recreate using some of our new Mix-In papers. I just love these photos of my son and husband working on a late-night project together and I wanted to be able to record all the memories using a variety of embellishments that would showcase the emotions shared on this page.
Before I share my process video with you, let’s talk about embellishments – those collections of stickers, die cuts, ephemera, and more laying in various spots of your craft room. How do you use them all and make your page not look like a pre-schooler adding stickers to a coloring page?
When adding elements, to a project there are five things that I consider when I am creating – Repetition, Size, Balance, Number, and Cohesiveness. I talk about each of these in the video, but I want to go over them in a little more detail.
Let’s start with Repetition of Color, Shape, and Pattern. Repetitiveness brings rhythm. Think about your favorite song. Is there a drumbeat that plays over and over again? That repetitiveness is the flow through the melody that brings a smile to your face and you can feel it when it’s off, right?
Creating rhythm or flow through a scrapbook page also requires some repetition. On my Daddy’s Boy layout, you are going to see the repetition of the color, shapes, and patterns found in the Mix-In papers and tags that I used. Bluebelle, Toffee, and Black are duplicated multiple times on the page.
You might also notice multiple hearts on this layout and plaid patterns. The heart shapes in the tags, papers, and embellishment complement the theme and by repeating this shape throughout the layout, it brought cohesiveness and balance. The plaid pattern is also duplicated multiple times on the papers, a tab at the top of the page, and a die-cut heart above the focal photo.
Not only are the hearts duplicated on this layout, but they also differ in size. When adding embellishments to your pages, vary the size of the objects and be aware of how much weight they add to the page.
The asymmetrical design of this layout requires that I have some weight around my focal photo which is why I placed the flag banner at the base of the page. Since the banner carried so much weight, I needed to add smaller objects to the rest of the layout to balance the design.
You might also notice that I added white elements to the page in a triangle pattern and divided up my page into thirds.
Creating a visual triangle is key to achieving Balance. In my video I explain the Visual Triangle, but, for those who do not know, it is an invisible triangle created with elements to help your eyes take in all the aspects of the page. Designers use the idea of a visual triangle to create balance in an advertisement or home arrangement.
When you are adding Balance to the page, odd numbers work best. I always count the number of items I add to my clusters. Whether I am adding die cuts, stickers, little gems, or a combination of items – I use an odd number of objects to achieve balance.
The last little tip I have for you involves Cohesiveness or Unity. Both of these can be accomplished through repetition and varying size, but they are best achieved by adding layers that are touching other elements on the page.
In other words, don’t just have something floating out there on the side. On my page, almost all the elements are layered atop another element or are touching another object on the page. This creates a flow throughout the page and adds unity to the embellishments I chose.
Now that you have read about the little tips and tricks I use to add embellishments to my projects, take a look at how it all came together.
How easy was that? Adding embellishments to your page does not have to be complicated. You just need to remember a few simple little tricks to help you achieve balance.
Make sure that you check out all of the Creative Design Team videos this week. These ladies have some amazing Embellishing Made Easy ideas for you. At the end of my video, I had added a link to the playlist just in case you want to sit and watch all eight videos in one sitting. You will learn so many wonderful ways to add embellishments to your projects.
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