Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Tuesday To-Do : White Space

My MATADFAM for today is a layout that will serve as the Tuesday To-Do. A layout with white space. I actually did this for a challenge on My Scrapbook Nook, and thought it would be fun to explain how I made it. I don't have step by step photos, so I hope my explanations will be clear.

White space is also known as negative space, and is that part of a layout that isn't "filled up" with elements. It doesn't need to be white, just empty, but I chose to use white card stock for my background. White space is an effective design element because it allows the eyes to rest, and also helps to emphasize the elements that are there, thus pulling the viewer in.

You will need:

1 photo
12x12 Card stock
Patterned paper
felt or other trim
acrylic paint in two colours
journaling stamp
Phrase stamp
decorative stamp
circle label
letter stickers (small and large)
decorative border punch or scissors
Bubble wrap

1. Paint a roughly square shape in the center of the card stock. This doesn't have to be precise, simple swipe the brush several times across the card stock

2. Brush some of the second colour of paint across a piece of bubble wrap and press into the top left and bottom right corners of the painted square

3. Stick photo approximately in center of painted area

4. Cut a strip of patterned paper about 1.5" wide by 7" long and tear a bit off each end. Use the punch or scissors to make a border along one long side. Add to left, slightly on top of photo

5. Stamp journaling spot to bottom left of photo, slightly on top of the paper strip

6. Add felt trim and circle label as shown

7. Add title with letter stickers

8. Stamp phrase stamp below title, overlapping journaling spot

9. Use decorative stamp to make a photo corner above the top right edge of photo

10. Add journaling and voila!

Don't forget to show me your version of this by next Monday midnight, to be entered into a draw for a goodie! Also link me up with whatever you created today!


sylv said...

So cute Francine! I saw that challenge on Myscrapbook Nook and had/have intentions on participating. I really love their kits (I started my subscription with the May kit).

My MATADFAM item is a pic and it's up.


Paula said...

Gorgeous layout. I love the white space & the colour scheme. I try to have white space on most of my pages but am learning to use patterned backgrounds more too as I have always shied away.

Paula said...

I have done a layout very similar to this design as I love it so much.I have been a bit scared of painting on layouts but now I feel liberated.
My layout can be seen here on my blog.
OLW -One Wish

sylv said...

Hi Francine

White space is up! Thanx

sylv said...

sorry, i forgot the link...