Template challenge: Making the most of templates containing shapes.

Hi everyone!  Nancy here with a new template challenge for you.

There is no question, a template can be a scrapper’s best friend when a dose of inspiration is in order.  One of my favorite kinds of template are those that contain shapes.  It’s great  to know I have a variety of shapes at the ready when I need them, and I love to challenge myself to use them in different ways.  Best of all, shapes are a generic form of embellishment that will work well on your page regardless of the subject matter.  For this challenge, I’ve selected Katie’s “My Wish” layered template, for the hexagon shapes it contains.


Let’s take a look at how three members of the Creative Team used the same template.

First up is Kim (KimR+).  On this brilliantly colored page about her photographic journey,  Kim manipulated the size, location and number of hexagons to better frame her single photo.  Isn’t she a doll?  (And I have to tell you that she is just as sweet as she looks!)  Note how she clipped Studio Double-D Journalers to some of the hexagons instead of paper and how she layered Readymade Circle embellishments on top of others.  The gray background really makes all that fabulous color pop right off the page!  Great page Kim!


To complete her page, Kim used: Color My Love Element Pack, Crowning Affair Solids Paper Pack, Cut Ups: Photography, Graphic Pop Buttons No. 01, Lens Flare Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Iconic Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Red, Black, and Creme Mini Kit, Splatters Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No.01, Star Glows Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Sweet Saint Nicholas Element Pack (all by Katie Pertiet), Capturing 2013-2015 Brushes and Stamps, In Progress Brushes and Stamps (by Ali Edwards), Shades of Gray No. 01 Paper Pack, Tiny Dots No. 02 Paper Pack (by Cathy Zielske), Katja Paper Pack (by MBS), Readymade Circles All Good, Readymade Jouranlers: Black and white No. 01, Readymade Journalers: Rainbow No. 01 (from Studio Double-D)

Next, we have a delightful page by Mollie (readstoomuch) about her darling granddaughter Amelia, dressing up and hosting a tea party for her stuffed kitten, sooo cute!  Mollie stayed fairly close to the original template, eliminating a couple of the photo spots she didn’t need.  I love how she filled the hexagons with papers of the same hue as her background, varying just the patterns.  Just one hexagon holds a paper of another color, which helps establish and define a strong diagonal pull between the two  pink butterflies.  Lovely page, Mollie!

In addition to the featured template, Mollie used: Baby Pink Patterns + Solids Papers (Ali Edwards), Bead Scatterings No. 01, Date Strips No. 03, Labeled Journalers No. 02, Messy Stitched Circles: White No. 01, Mists Brushes No. 01, (all by Katie Pertiet), Readymade Circles: Camper (Studio DD), Simple Patterns 02, Typesets Memory No. 01 Brushes and Stamps (by Cathy Zielske), Text Bytes: Shaped Text Templates No. 43 (Pattie Knox)

Lastly, I (nancybeck) also paired the hexagons with just one photo and instead of using the hexagons as clipping masks, I used them to cut a negative space in my background paper allowing some patterned paper and a decorative element show through.


In addition to the featured template, I used Naturally Krafty No. 09, Carte Post Kit, A Touch of Vintage Frames, Worth Repeating Overlays No. 04, Vintage Charm Chip Stickers, Farm Fresh Kit, Yesteryear Kit, Conifere Kit, Lightly Letterbox No. 02, Lifted Leaves No. 01 (all by Katie Pertiet) and Remember Word Art (by Ali Edwards)

I hope this inspires you to look at templates featuring shapes and ponder what you can do with them.  This template as well as everything else in the store is now on sale during our fabulous store wide quarterly sale.  While you’re there think about stocking up on some of the other awesome templates featuring shapes. We’d love to see you play along by by showing us what the heck you can do with Katie’s hexes!  Don’t forget to upload your page to the “Template Challenge Gallery”, where we can all enjoy it!

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