I was a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast today, and our topic was "design crutches," or those go-to places you start when putting together a scrapbook layout. Listen to it here. It's a fascinating conversation, and I love the varying ideas and insights that emerged from the panelists (Noell Hyman, Debbie Hodge, and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer), who all have very unique approaches and styles.
As I thought about some of my own design crutches, in preparation for the show, I browsed back through my scrapbook albums to look for my own go-to approaches. I was surprised to see how often I create a blocked design, kind of a "square within a square," with a rectangular grouping of photos balanced by a journaling area of some kind. And, oddly, it appears that I always, always put my journaling on the right. I may vary the writing strategy (bullet points, longform, handwritten, typed, on lined paper, on paint, etc.), but it always goes on the right. This hasn't been intentional, per se, but it probably will be now, as I'm realizing that this is a look that works for me.
See? It's surprising how different the pages all look, given that they're all following the same design foundation or formula. I find that this approach works best when I have a specific theme, several pictures to include, and a significant story to tell (i.e., enough words to balance out several pictures).
If you're a scrapbooker and you've never tried this, browse through your past pages and see if you can identify your own tried-and-true design approaches.
Other strategies mentioned on the show: groupings, the "crescendo," tension, color triangles, and more.
If you've found my blog for the first time from the Paperclipping Roundtable show, welcome! Think about joining me in my upcoming workshop, Grammar-Free Journaling. It's going to be a blast!
Here's a breakdown of the creative, versatile, and totally useful strategies we'll be covering in class: