Creating Your 1st Layout
Pictures - First, choose the photo(s) for your layout. You do not need to use every picture you take, only those that best represent the event or memory you wish to capture.
Theme or Concept - Second, look at the pictures and
see what theme or concept you want your layout to have. The theme can be
anything and is essentially the subject of the page: Christmas, new
baby, love, friendship, traditions, etc. Think about the story you want
to tell (journaling) and a title for your layout.
Color Scheme - Third, picking the right paper colors
and patterns can seem daunting until you learn a few tricks. The easiest
way to choose is to pull color inspiration right from your photos. Then
check out the current papers we
carry along with products that will work with that combination. In
addition to choosing colors based on the colors in your photos, you
might also choose your color scheme based on the theme (such as pastel
blue for a baby boy page), or even mood (such as a whimsical and
colorful pattern for a light-hearted laughter page).
Embellishments - Next, embellishments like stickease, charms, brads, buttons and ribbons
to name a few, can help unify the photos, paper and journaling. They
can be simple or elaborate. Once again, look at your photos and concept
for inspiration such as using fabric flowers that mimic a child’s dress
in the focal photograph. Mini Medleys help to give you a variety without breaking the bank.
- Unity - The last step is to put it all together. If layout design is a challenge for you, you can work with a layout sketch or “floorplan” to help you decide where to place each element on your page. Our How-To Programs are PERFECT for this as they have already taken into account basic design principles such as focal point, repetition, balance and unity.