Mariah by kelley
Kelley was inspired to create this page because of the beautiful kit, Belle Ame by Snips and Snails Designs. She had snapped some recent photos of her daughter Mariah and thought the kit would work perfectly in a layout. The journaling was inspired by a chat between Kelley and Mariah. She started with a template by Captivated Visions. She often uses templates and changes them to suit her needs. She loved all the papers in the kit and the template had lots of paper strips.
She started by filling in the strips with the different papers in the kit. She usually tries out lots of different paper combos, first by opening them up in the background layer and hiding each individually to see what the page would look like. Then, she adds her photos and journaling. Last, she adds in the elements. She starts with the flowers because they are usually the basis of her elements. Then she adds things like strips, buttons, and random elements in the kit that are too cute not to use. She shadows along the way. After all the elements are placed, she chooses the flowers or elements that are on the top few layers and reshadows them by adding some depth to pop them off the page a bit.
In choosing one rule to follow, Kelley selected balance. She thinks that it is nice to balance out a layout by bringing detail to the whole page so there is lots to look at. In her layout of Mariah, she placed the photo at the top right and then thought a nice big cluster on the left lower corner would balance it well.
Right now, Kelly is into busy, active pages. Her style is definitely eclectic. She doesn’t follow rules all the time and wants her pages to be interesting – not all the same. She doesn’t stick to a certain style and uses the kit to style to dictate her layout. She loves digital scrapbooking because layouts are not permanent; she can change each element or paper or font, make quick photo adjustments, and easily start all over again if it doesn’t suit her.
Eyes Wide Shut by peppapig
Jayne really loved the background paper with the girl upside down and her flowing hair. This formed the basis of her page. She also loved the quote and knew she wanted to use this as well. She played around with the different elements in the kit, changing blend modes and moving them around until she was happy with the arrangement. She added the legs and crowns to the faces to make them look more interesting and finally added some drop shadows.
Jayne lets each page dictate the design principle she uses, but the rule of thirds and triangles are the most important as she tends to use these subconsciously when creating a page.
Jayne is definitely not a traditional scrapper. She loves altered art and her style can sometimes be a bit quirky and humorous and recently she has been trying out and enjoying art journaling.
Dream Big by kendallt
Kendall was inspired by the “Chasing Rainbows” kit by Dani Mogstand and Jenn Barrette with its gorgeous colors and dreamy vibe! She wanted to do a layout that captured those sentiments. For this particular page, she had a photo of her daughter she felt was perfect for the kit. She then selected her papers. She wanted to find a way to use as many of the papers as possible, so she chose to layer several at the bottom of the page. Then she selected her elements and played around with placing them until she was satisfied with everything.
Lately Kendall has been making more of a concerted effort to create an obvious focal point on her pages. Most of the time, it’s the photos, but sometimes it can be the title work as well. She thinks that creating a focal point, as well as achieving balance, is crucial for any successful design.
Kendall considers herself as a “cluster-er”! She has a tendency to use most of the elements in a kit. She tried white-space layouts but feels that although she appreciates and admires those who can pull off that particular style, it’s definitely not her thing. Kendall’s pages are usually pretty full when she is done with them!
Laundry Days by vixen
Deborah started this layout with a coffee break after hanging her second load of laundry on the clothesline. She used a template from a pack of blocked templates from Amy Martin. The horizontal flow of the blocks just said “laundry line” to her, and that was the inspiration.
Deborah knew she had some “laundry” elements stashed away, added a Karah Fredrick’s splatterific element onto the background, chose some papers that reminded her of her laundry room for the horizontal blocks, and added some fun bubbles as the finishing touch. Her favorite pages are white space layouts, choosing just a few elements for emphasis, in a triangular pattern. She prefers clean, simple pages, although her layouts vary each week as a DigiDare Team member!
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