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Telling reunion stories and designing with continuance

Sunday, November 19, 2017
I had the distinction and pleasure this month to be a contributor to the members-only class Story + Design: Reunion + Continuance at Get It Scrapped. 

The story topic was "reunion" and the design motif was "continuance". I covered the "reunion" piece by telling a story about something my family does every summer and the "continuance" piece by creating a strong vertical flow through the page.

I prepared for "continuance" by reading and applying this Using Continuance to Guide the Eye article. I really enjoyed keeping that idea in mind as I decided what to add to my page design.

This sneak peek shows one of my favorite techniques for making stamping on digital layers look more realistic.
Get It Scrapped has tons of fabulous free resources for inspiration. However, if you'd like to learn more about having membership-level access to this class, and many others, visit Get It Scrapped now.

Creating page titles with contrast

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Recently, I played along in a Facebook challenge involving posting a black and white picture of your life each day for seven days. There were to be no people and no explanations. I really enjoyed doing that and when my assignment came due last month for my post as a creative team member at Get It Scrapped, I knew I wanted to scrap those photos

SUPPLIES: Papers: Black and White, Trick or Treat plains; Alphas: Itty Bitty, Better Together, Frun; Date Stamps; Collaged; Sophisticate elements

The theme for my assignment was creating contrast in page titles. I was very excited about this approach because creating interesting page titles is one of my favorite things to do when building a layout. Here are the different ways I chose to do it on this page:

  • the extremely large "7" is in stark contrast with the size of the grouping for the rest of my title
  • within that grouping I have contrast in style, color, and type
  • there are three different alphas being used in the small grouping of the title, a natural way to provide contrast

Please take a moment to click through and read about the other approaches to creating page titles with contrast. If you use any of the tips there for creating a page, please leave a comment telling us about it!

P.S. I created the large "7" with a Pentel brush pen in black on regular printer paper, scanned and extracted it, placed it on my background paper in Photoshop, locked the pixels, and then painted it white.

Together Kit + digital art journaling page

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Every once in a while, when reading picture books with my kids, I'll come across a page with a theme that I love and feel like I need to make a kit out of it. I did it with Golden Pears, inspired by a phrase in the book Color Kittens. I also did it with this kit, Together. The colors were inspired by this page from one of their books:

I just love the retro feel of the colors. The kit that came out of this bit of inspiration, Together, remains one of my favorites:

Here's an art journaling page I made with it:

The Together Kit, Papers, and Elements are all half off today through Thursday, November 16, 2017 as part of TDP's Publisher's Picks. Enjoy them!