Re-sizing Elements and other Stuff {design inspiration}

December Snow by Tonya Regular

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it! Tonya Regular here for a little design inspiration. ūüôā

When starting a page, most often I do not have a plan in place or specific design techniques that I want to use. ¬†I usually start by choosing a photo that I want to scrapbook – this one is not the best quality, taken out in the cold with snow falling, but I wanted to capture the memory of last winter’s first snow.

Often I’ll start by placing the photo on the background paper first and then arranging other page elements around it. ¬†However, the muted colors and patterns in the Autumn Love Page Pak inspired me to start by using the blue paper as sort of a ribbon embellishment balanced on both sides, adding the punch label, then using a few fitting elements¬†to anchor the photo between the two paper ribbons. ¬†An autumn-themed pak might not be what first comes to mind when creating a winter page, but our¬†page paks are versatile that way.

All of my pages are created as 8×8 rather than the traditional 12×12 or 24×24. ¬†I started doing this some time ago due to memory restrictions on my laptop. ¬†Although I’ve since upgraded, I still create 8×8 pages. ¬†This means almost all of the materials I work with are resized as I’m creating. When resizing, care needs to be taken to not distort or degrade the quality. ¬†Sometimes I resize to minimize the elements, when creating an accent cluster for instance. ¬†Sometimes, I enlarge (or leave an element at its original size) to make a bolder statement on my page. ¬†The punch label used on this page was enlarged for effect.

I wanted to add some contrasting color to the page and I love the DECEMBER title in the 2016 Everyday Calendar Pak. ¬†Recoloring the snowflakes from the Christmas Wishes Page Pak and layering those added depth to the page. I finished it by adding the story inside the frame. As you can see, I like a lot of ‘white’ space in my layouts.

It’s pretty obvious what month this picture and story took place, but I’m realizing now – after the fact – that I did not include the year. ¬†I know myself pretty well, so I know 5 years from now, I will not remember what year this was taken so I will go back and tuck in a “2015” text line. ¬†This is what I love about digital scrapbooking – it preserves the memories and is so easy to edit and update.

That’s how I made this simple page. See other Punch Label pages here (minimized) and here (faded and blended)!

Happy creating, Tonya

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