Saturday Scraplift: Creating White Space

As much as I love to fill a page with photos and embellishments, I do appreciate the value of white space in a design so that the eye has a chance to rest. That concept, as well as several other elements, drew me to Heather’s (schnerbear) adorable page in the gallery. The sweet pictures of her daughter pop on the neutral background paper, and she’s done a wonderful job of grounding those photos with brushwork and bits of patterned paper squares. In an essentially horizontal design, Heather created additional interest by placing her journaling in a vertical strip above and below the cluster of photos and accents. There are just so many delightful things to admire about this layout, and the Creative Team had fun lifting it.

budapest_tour1Although Lori (LoriS) didn’t go neutral with her background paper, she still created a richly dynamic color combination that meshes perfectly with the pictures of her daughter dressed as a gypsy for last Halloween. And I love how she used the tag as a vertical element.

BeautifulGypsy1Credits: Tagging Memories No. 01 {coming soon}, Vintage Photo Frames No. 30 {coming soon}, Worth Repeating No. 18 Brushes and Stamps {coming soon}, Far Away Fairyland Element Pack, Fall Fun Mini Kit, Collageable Notions No.01, Collageable Journal Spots No. 01, Defined Vintage Clippings Colors No. 01, Stitched Up Frames No. 03, Metal Clip Assortment, Spooktacular Element Pack, Jelise Solids Paper Pack {coming soon}, Jelise Paper Pack {coming soon}, Jelly Alphabet No. 25, Awesome Script Words Brushes and Stamps

Sarah’s (shhbabymine) layout demonstrates that white space doesn’t have to be white. The patterned paper at the bottom becomes part of the white space created when she moved the entire design up on the page. I really like the watery brushwork that mimics the splash of the water in her photos.

812splash1Credits: Charlie Kit, Deckled Photo Frames: Vintage No. 02, Fall Cut Ups, Stitched Cirlces Clean and Messy: White No. 01 Value Pack, School Mates Element Pack, Worth Repeating Brushes and Stamps No.07, Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Little Woodsy Kit {coming soon}, Tiny Dots No. 01 Paper Pack

I rotated Heather’s design to accommodate my landscape-oriented photos and used the ribbon, beads, title, and journaling as horizontal elements to draw the viewer’s eye across the page. I grounded the photos on a cluster of framed paper and used patterned paper strips to extend the vertical line of the design.

mothersanddaughtersCredits: Jelise Solids Paper Pack {coming soon}, Jelise Paper Pack {coming soon}, Messed Up Photo Blocks Brushes and Stamps No. 09, Grungy Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps, Photo Clusters No. 44 {coming soon}, Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Clock Parts No. 02: Clock Face Collection, Vintage Photo Frames No. 30 {coming soon}, Tagging Memories No. 01 {coming soon}, Make-a-Date Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Roughed Up Alphabet: Aqua Paisley, Bead Scatterings No. 01, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02, Staple Its, Essential Words Hand Drawn Value Pack Vol. 01, Hello Baby Hand Drawn Brushes, Birthday Hand Drawn Words Brushes and Stamps, Raspberry Sundae Kit

There are so many aspects of Heather’s page that lend themselves to a lift; I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Post your take in the Saturday Scraplift Gallery.

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