Hello crafty friends!
It's Nathalie with you today to share an idea on adding large elements in Memory Keeping layouts featuring the newest Build-A-Garden: Pristine Peonies. This newly released set is beautiful, versatile, and with two large -and very detailed- images. I love the size of the images, as they can easily create a focal point with just one of the blooms. However, there are ways of combining designs to create an impactful look. Let me show you what I have created:
The key to adding large elements in memory keeping layouts, such as this, is to layer them with a bit of dimension. It sounds complicated, but in reality is can easily be created with a few key ideas.
Use a defined color palette
Due to the size of the images, it is a good idea to use a define color palette. Whether you choose a monochromatic and multiple color approach, a limited number of colors can help to create a more pleasant design on the page. I am using blue and green tones to color my Build-A-Garden: Pristine Peonies blooms ( see supply list for all the ink colors used). The subtle difference in the blue tones of the flowers help to soften the large floral cluster.
2. Layer your elements
One of the main ways to adding large elements in memory keeping layouts is to layer the images. I am taking advantage of the detailed cuts of the blooms to help me interlock petals and leaves in the floral cluster. A little bit of foam adhesive, just at the ends of the blooms, help to add dimension to the flowers. The soft shadow helps to add a bit of separation within the large elements.
3. Add negative space
One of the best ways to balance large elements in memory keeping layouts is to give the elements some negative space. Think of adding breathing space between the different pieces of your spread. This allows for the elements to showcase nicely on their own and as a whole.
Since I am working on a 6×8 album spread, my choice to create a pocket to hold my journaling helps to create a bit of separation between the large floral cluster and the photos.
4. Balance your page
Adding large elements in memory keeping layouts can result in unbalanced pages. One idea to help create a cohesive page is to repeat an element on the opposite side of the page -symmetry in a way-. All the large Build-A-Garden: Pristine Peonies blooms are clustered in the left of the spread. I am adding one entire bloom to left of the photos, then adding the small acetate butterfly next to it. The combination of the photos, blooms, and small embellishments creates a cohesive look for the page.
Repetition is key in memory keeping layouts. In this spread, I am using Essential Black & White Enamel dots throughout the spread to bring it all together. You can watch this page come together here, or in HD at Altenew's YouTube Channel:
I hope you enjoyed the video, and it gave you a better idea on how this page came together. I cannot wait to see how you go about adding large elements in memory keeping, and what you create with the new Build-A-Garden: Pristine Peonies.
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