Hello crafty friends!
It is Nathalie with a new idea on creating masculine memory keeping layouts featuring the new Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias. This new bundle is just beautiful and super versatile. The delicate design of the stamp set is perfect for all sorts of crafting projects. However it is the extra single flower designs that just push this set to amazing, as you can add dimension to your projects. In addition, the coloring stencil has an extra glowing design that brings focus to the main image. These are some of the main reasons that I chose this set to create a masculine memory keeping layout; let's take a look at the final project.
There are a few main concepts that are key when creating masculine memory keeping layouts (or any other layouts). These simple concepts are sure to help you create an impactful layout.
A color palette is probably key when creating masculine memory keeping layouts. Cooler colors ( green/blue/teal/earthy yellow and orange) are typically associated with men. However, you can chose any color that will help tell the story. The key is to create contrast. I am playing with a teal and turquoise for color, but contrasting it with black and white plus a touch of gold.
2. Add texture
Texture is always a good thing when creating any projects. However when creating masculine memory keeping layouts is not about achieving a maximum tactile effect, instead consider a subtle but contrasting textures. I am adding some tactile interest with a bit of embossing ( Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder) when creating the flowers and the background of stenciled background in the photo. The coordinating enamel dots are another subtle way to add texture in seconds.
3. Linear shapes
We tend to associate pinstripes and plaids with masculine designs. Though any design can be used when creating masculine memory keeping layouts, a linear design ( like in the Build-A-Garden: Glowing Gardenias Layering Coloring Stencil) help to bring focus to the page. In my spread, I am using the stenciled lines as a way to create a guiding line to the tag and journaling in the page.
4. Negative space
We always talk about negative space, but when creating masculine memory keeping layouts this is very important. Leaving space between the elements in a layout gives them space to shine on its own, and together as a cohesive group. I am choosing to hide my journaling behind the tag as a way to keep the page airy and light.
Using a brad helps to hinge the tag to the spread. Once you move the tag, the journaling is revealed. Those stenciled lines are just a great way to frame the journaling. I am even using lots of negative space when choosing my stamped title (Paint-a-Flower: Poppy) and sentiment (Embellished Hexagon).
You can see how this masculine memory keeping layout comes together in the upcoming video. Watch it here, or in HD in Altenew's YouTube channel:
I hope this inspires when creating masculine memory keeping layouts. Remember to share with us your finished projects. We love to be inspired by you!