I don’t mean numbers, as in numerals.
I mean numbers, as in the number of items you use from the same package of products, like in the picture above.
Have you ever used a whole bunch of items from the same package, even though that was probably not the intention of the designer of the product?
Or does that sound kind of strange? I do it a lot.
Why You Should Pile an Entire Package of Embellishments on One Scrapbook Layout
Ok, I don’t ever use an entire package all at once. I do use a lot, and I have even used all but just a few. Here’s why…
- Designing a page is faster when all or most of your supplies come from a single package, rather than from various packages from all over the place.
- You can make a real visual impact by using a whole bunch of the same or similar items. There is power in numbers, not just in life, but in design as well. :)
You’ve heard of the design principle, repetition, right?
A powerful and easy way to achieve repetition in your design is to use a bunch of items from the same package.
Just be sure you do a few things while you’re at it…
- Use variation for contrast.
- Gather the items together.
Use variation for contrast
It will probably be boring if your items are all exactly the same. Make sure there is some sort of contrast between them – size, color, shape, etc. Or mix something else in if your package of items have no variation.
Gather the items together
You want to use the items to bring the eye to your focal point. Scattering them all over the page will not do that. In fact, scattering them (spacing them out) will not create the powerful impact I’ve been talking about either.
So be sure to gather them close together or overlapping. This way your gathering either acts as a stopping point for eye, or to lead the eye to something else, like a photo.
Both good things!
Are you ready to try it?
Link us up to your results in the comments area!
Not completely confident with the idea yet?
If you want some examples in action, I did a video that shows a whole bunch of different ways to do it.
I mean — a whole, whole bunch. :)
I also give lots of tips and guidance for what to keep in mind as you do it.
The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes, and Paperclipping members can go watch it now.
But you must be a member to watch.
Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!