Saturday Scraplift: Design Principles

One thing I love about scrapbooking is learning more about design in the process of preserving our family’s memories. Principles of design are concrete ideas that I can wrap my head around to improve the look of my layouts. The strong design in Agnieszka’s (Arte Banale) page was what initially drew me to it, and I also loved her use of color with the nearly black and white photo. I really like the way the primarily horizontal elements ground her photo while the cluster in the upper right balances the page. Three of our Creative Team members used Agnieszka’s page for inspiration and produced their own wonderful interpretations.


Myra (Myra) used a large photo of her budding-photographer son and drew attention to it by framing it with arrow elements, a band of color, and an oversize title. Her accents echo the colors present in her photo, another sure fire design tip.

November-2013---1[2]Credits: Life Basics No. 01 Template Set, Arrow Dots Brushes and Stamps, Clear Thru Arrows No. 02, Flair Minis No. 01, Bracket Outline 4×6

I love the way Aino’s (Aino) page about her son’s field trip uses notebook paper as a background and a doodled border around the edges to underscore the school theme. Her layering and clustering are terrific, and the jaunty tilt of her page adds energy to her design.

13_nov_makingmemoriesweb[1]Credits: Edge Overlays No. 06, Corby Complete Scrapbooking Collection, Arlesey Solids Paper Pack, Bold and Scripted Brushes and Stamps No. 08, Whimsy Words No. 05, December Woods Element Pack, Coin Holder Photo Frames No. 01, Notebook Paper Pack No. 05, Stamped Sentiments No. 04 Brushes and Stamps, DoodleDo Frames Brushes and Stamps No. 07, Around Words Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Tabbed Dates Brushes and Stamps

Sam (sam ellis) used another tried and true design technique in scrapping about her grandson’s soccer practices: repetition with variety. I love the circles that suggest the soccer ball. She’s incorporated them into the background, with the epoxies by the photo, and in the corner embellishment.

soccer_joy_[1]Credits: Merriment Brushes No. 01, Stamped Stitches No. 12 Brushes and Stamps, Elastic Strung Tags No. 01, Faringdon Element Pack, Roundabout 12×12 Circle Mask, Joy and Light Words, Fresh Festive Kit, Dash Away Alphabet Brushes and Stamps, Rope Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Give your page a boost from the very beginning by using some of the design principles in these example pages. Then post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the November Challenge Participation Sign-in thread. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!

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One Response to Saturday Scraplift: Design Principles

  1. Arte Banale says:

    Wow, what a surprise:) Thank you for choosing my page – it is a great honor for me!
    Your pages are fantastic!!!

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