Neutrals DSP stack: A Beautiful You Scrapbook Layout

Today I continue with the idea of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as a starting point for your scrapbook layout design.  This week we step away from the Blooms & Bliss DSP we used in the Aquarium layout, but build upon what you learned in that layout-cutting a sheet of DSP to span two pages. 

This layout is slightly more advanced to create than the Aquarium layout since the DSP chosen to span the pages has writing (we want to keep it upright!) and the base pages also use DSP with a pattern. However, it still is easily recreated, even for the beginning scrapbooker.

All patterned papers used to create this double page layout were selected from the Neutrals DSP stack.

As was done on the Aquarium layout, the spanning DSP paper is cut once creating sheets which then measure: 12″x4.5″ & 12″x7.5″.  Because there are words on this paper, you must pay attention that you are cutting it so that your words are upright (to read them!) AND that your 12″x4.5″ will be the LEFT page piece.

Just like on the Aquarium layout, you will apply the DSP up to the inner edge of each base page and the Silver Foil paper 12″x1/2″ strip against it.

Since your background paper has a striped design, here is a design skill tip: Notice the direction of your stripes.  In the double layout I have chosen to use the stripes to help move your eyes from top left to bottom right of the left page and from bottom left to top right of the right layout page.  Creating a “V” is no coincidence.  Placement of stripes in eye movement order allows for a more viewer friendly layout.

The placement of the photo mats also follows a traditional pattern of eye movement-upper left to lower right. Surprise: the stamped dancing girl begins to complete the “V”, while indicating to move to the next page with her outstretched leg!

Movement is important in design elements.  Without using arrows to point, the paper and stamp designs can provide movement on your page.

Details/Materials to recreate:

  • Neutrals DSP stack: 1 sheet Black/White words paper, 2 sheets Smokey Slate/White striped paper
  • Silver Foil: 2 strips 12″x1/2″
  • Smokey Slate: 2 sheets 8.5″11″.  Each sheet should provide 3) 6.25″x4.25″ mats and enough scraps leftover to cut the scalloped circle framelits dies and make 1/2″ strips for the pages- Left page: 1/2″x2.75″, 1/2″x3.5″, 1/2″x3″. Right page: 1/2″x3.25″
  • The Beautiful You stamp set was used with Archival Grey ink. Girls were created with a technique called paper piecing. Girl images were first stamped onto the white mats and also onto the Neutrals DSP stack scraps I chose as clothing colors. The clothing only was then cut out of the DSP stamped images and glued over the images stamped onto the white cardstock. Prior to gluing (tombo mono-adhesive) the clothing pieces down, I used the Calapso Coral watercolor pencil and aqua painter-took aqua painter to tip of pencil to acquire color and applied to body parts on the white cardstock for skin tones.
  • Scraps of blasic black cardstock were used to die cut layering circles
  • 6 Whisper White mats 6″x4″ are needed for double matting and stamp areas
  • 2 Whisper White Stitched Shape Framelit circles are needed on which to stamp what is the theme/title circles on the pages.

I hope this is helping some scrapbookers out there to create AND understand some of the basic design of pages.

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne