- Making a color blocked Scrapbook layout is one of the easiest ways to quickly finish a 12″x12″ layout. If you have any undesirable pieces of patterned paper lying around, it can also make use of that as a base. How about that for a win-win?!
1. Choose your base page
In order to make a color blocked scrapbook layout you must first have a base page on which you will attach your pieces. Typically this page will not be seen and therefore is perfect for the unused patterned paper that you may have lying around which you didn’t like. Since Stampin’ Up! paper is thick enough that patterns don’t show thru other layers you don’t need to consider this issue, but other companies and bold prints may not work well together. So, you may wish to consider that if you are not working with heavy weight paper to avoid v bleed through of a strong pattern.
2. Choose your Colors.
If you look at this layout you can see that I chose a Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Neutrals stack. It is soft suede with white polka dots. In choosing my colors, I started with those represented in the patterned paper. Then I chose others to highlight and go with my theme (November: Autumn colors)-I chose Pumpkin Pie and Emerald Envy.
3. Create a Blocked Layout
This is up to you how you decide to break up your page. I usually like to have bigger photos on my pages and so I usually think in 4″x6″ or 3″x4″ blocks first. Color blocked layouts contain straight lines and even block endings, columns or rows.
In the example above my title strip is 4″x12″, the second row contains blocks which are 2″x2″ and one center 2″x4″ block for the punch art. The bottom row contains 3) 4″x6″ blocks.
4. Placement of colors & patterns matters
While color blocking is easy to do, you must remember that if you want the same color or pattern sharing the entire border edge, you should just make a longer piece; example in the title strip making it one solid 4″x12″ piece instead of 2 separate 4″x6″ pieces. While you could have separate pieces, it looks better as one continuous strip and gives you more flexibility with your other border endings on the page. As you continue developing your page, think of putting your similar colors in symmetrical placement as the example of mirroring the Pumpkin pie squares or diagonal placement as the Emerald Envy pieces match up touching corners
5. Create focal points within your blocks
- The first focal point you find in this example is the title. Using the same colors in the layout, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits and Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp my title “November”. If you’ve used these letters you know you have to stamp them one at a time getting a title as follows:
You can see a light pencil line in the photo. I recommend the pencil line in order to keep your letters straight and remind you as you’re stamping to line up the ends of the letter tails so they later will be able to be attached using a marker in the same color to complete the script look shown in the final layout title. Don’t forget to erase your pencil line when you are done.
- The second focal point in this layout is the punch art I created from the Fox builder punch. I’m using this layout to scrap a Thanksgiving dinner celebration from years ago (Yes, I’m way behind!) and here in the U.S.A. we are taught early in life that this celebration is in honor of the coming together of the pilgrims with the indigenous people at the time-American Indians. So, my pictures of the dinner will be overlooked by these cute punch art characters.
To create the punch art above:
- Using the Fox builder punch, punch faces and noses from Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, and Peekaboo Peach Card stock. Attach noses to match face colors Trim ears away on each.
- For Pilgrim Woman: Punch 1 face in white and mount on back of Blushing Bride face with ears pointing down. Punch a mask in white. Attach pointing downward and then trim points evenly off the end to form collar. Punch 1 & 1/2 masks in black. Trim apart to form 3 oblong pieces and add to face as seen in sample for hair. Punch 1 mask (only need part without ears) in white and trim to form head covering. Attach. Draw face using fine end of black marker.
- For Indian: Punch 1 mask in Early Espresso. Cut apart and attach to form hair. Punch 1/2 mask in Smoky slate (keep whole), white, cherry cobbler, and crushed curry- Cut 3 latter to form stripes. Attach. Allow glue to dry before snipping edges for feather appearance. Draw face using fine end of black marker.
- For Pilgrim Man: Punch 1 black mask and attach for hair. Draw face using fine end of black marker. Punch 1 body in Early Espresso. Snip very small amount from rounded end to make it flat. Cut from this newly flattened end diagonally to small bump (bottom of body) on each side. Punch white strip of just the bottom bump area from body and attach to hat. Trim any white overhanging hat. Add buckle in crushed curry by punching a nose & attaching.
- The Third focal area in this layout is the journal area and small photo mat whichwas made into the bottom middle (it balances the title) block. Again, the Layering Ovals Framelits were used and a 3″x4″ Soft Suede mat was situated inside the larger 4″x6″ block.
Working in odd numbers is often considered good design in scrapbooking. Thus my choice of 3 focal areas beyond what the pictures once placed in the open blocks/mat will allow.
Project Life® (PL) is actually just an adaptation of this color blocking idea. With the pocket page dividers you just slip your pictures and designed cards into slots. If you like color blocked 12″x12″ pages, perhaps you’d like to give that style a try. It is a much faster process and you could still make title and highlight pages in the 12″x12″ format. I find this hybrid collaboration the way I like to complete (and hopefully catch up) my pages these days. Since Stampin’ Up! has a line of PL designs in their catalog, you know you can find matching papers and embellishments without much work. How great is that?!
I hope you enjoyed this project and give it or at least the punch art a try.
Until next time…