How do you know when it’s finished?
If you’re like a lot of other scrapbookers, you’ve wondered this same thing.
You may have also wondered why some pages slam-dunk it, while others don’t — even sometimes layouts that were scraplifted by someone else’s perfect page.
Believe it or not, there’s probably one thing that is not in place whenever you’re asking these questions.
That one thing is unity. But then, all the other design principles work together to create unity, so it’s kind of a catch-all answer.
It also might feel like kind of a vague an elusive answer. What exactly is unity?
Well, if you’ve ever been part of a team, including a family, then you know when you have it and when you don’t. When people aren’t working together, when someone is bickering behind someone else’s back, when one person secretly wants another to fail, or when there’s straight-up fighting, you just don’t have it.
In those magical moments when everyone is united toward a common goal, when everyone wants the same thing, when everyone is enjoying everyone else, or at the very least accepting everyone else, and we’re all getting along — we’ve got unity.
And that’s exactly how it works in art and design and scrapbooking. When all of the elements, or pieces, on the page are working together, when they’re not fighting for attention, and no one part is trying to overshadow the others, then you have unity. You know that the page is done because it all just feels so right.
You don’t even have to ask, “Is this done,” because you know that it is.
Even if the concept of unity still feels hard to grasp, if you think of your layouts as a whole, whether standard pages or pocketed pages, and you make sure all the different pieces “get along” and support one another, you’ll go a long way.
But we can break it down even further and give you something more concrete to work with. As you choose and place items to put on your pages, you get a unified page if you think in terms of grouping. This goes for even simple single-photo pages. It’s all about grouping your items in various ways.
There are lots of ways to group items to achieve unity in your layouts. I share them as I assemble two different pages in this week’s episode of Paperclipping. This video tutorial is now available for Paperclipping Members in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.
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