After two injuries took me off my feet for a combined total of 12 months, my clothes fit me differently now. A few pieces, thankfully, fit me better and give me a decent shape. Many of my favorite pieces no longer fit so well and make my shape look…bulgy. =)
So I’ve been having a shape-adventure, learning which styles of clothing give me a nice shape now.
Shape works exactly like this in design and scrapbooking.
Yes, we add shapes to our pages in the supplies we use, we sometimes divide our pages into shapes such as rectangles, but do we intentionally think in terms of creating shape on the page, the way our clothing creates and changes the way our shape looks?
Shape seems like a simple subject — rectangles, triangles, circles, etc.
We know that as scrapbookers we use supplies that are in these and other shapes.
But there is an additional way to use shape, and that other way, for me, is the key for getting most of my compositions to work. I’m always thinking in terms of creating shape with the items I’m adding to my pages.
Not adding shapes, but creating shape.
Two separate things.
There are at least three different times while making layouts that we want to be thinking in terms of creating shape on the page…
- When creating the overall, underlying composition — in other words, the design foundation.
- When creating layered embellishment gatherings.
- When designing our title work.
When I am working on one of the above areas, I usually have a point I’m starting from and I grow or build outward gradually to create the shape I’m going for, or a shape that is pleasing.
Why is this important for good design?
- It’s what helps the design “make sense” visually for the viewer.
- It ensures your page has balance, as well as tension.
And perhaps this is best of all…
- The shape gives you direction so you more easily know what items will be good to use, and where you can place them so they’ll look great.
It makes designing so much easier!
So Izzy and I decided to do something different this past week. Instead of making a video the way we usually do, we decided to go back to some of the layouts I’ve made over the past several months — layouts you’ve seen me assemble on video if you’re a member — and together, Izzy and I discussed how shape comes into play on these layouts.
We also introduced all of the main elements of design and talk about how they are relevant to scrapbookers.
Basically, we recorded a conversation that I hope you’ll find educational, and while you’re listening you’ll also get to see the layouts we’re discussing and what the shapes are that I built into the design of those pages.
This is the second video for February for the Paperclipping Members and it’s ready for you now.
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**TIP – Create Your Own Shape Adventure**
After you watch this newest tutorial, Paperclipping 284, I recommend you go back to the episodes in which I put the layouts together so you can see it in action and notice how all those pieces create the shape I show you today.
In-between watching some of those episodes, you should give shape-building a try on your own page or two. Then you can watch more of the tutorials and see even more ways shape-building happens.
And then, of course, practice some more.
This is a great way to learn and improve your design skills.
It’ll be your own Shape Adventure class (without the sudden weight gain)!
To make it easy, here are the names and numbers of the videos so you can see all of the different pages come together…
- Paperclipping 282 – The Glimpse Concept
- Paperclipping 264 – Keep Their Eyes on the Page
- Paperclipping 283 – Simplifying Color
- Paperclipping 278 – Tie It Together
- Paperclipping 276 – Scrap the Back
- Paperclipping 275 – Scrap Yourself Without Photos
- Paperclipping 274 – Fabric On Your Pages
I hope you enjoy your adventure!