It’s the accumulation of well-chosen and carefully crafted details that create a masterful scrapbook page. Check out 5 details on “Tiki” by Kim Watson and see if one or two of them can inspire your next page. This is just one of the pages jam-packed with ideas that Kim is sharing this month at Masterful Scrapbook Design.
1. Use an eye-catching cluster of themed embellishments.
Of her son, Kim says “Max is a little chap who has an uncanny ability to draw the most unlikely stuff, like Tiki statues, for example. Living with his art everyday has made us blasé about his gift, so these photographs capturing him in a quiet time drawing, are special for me.” To make clear what he’s drawing, Kim used a big bold cluster of Tiki statues. With so many digital supplies and cutting machines available, it’s become ever easier to create custom embellishments for any topic.
2. Group your photos in a blocked collage to create a focal point that stands out admidst bright and vivid images and prints.
To make sure her photos held their own against the colorful embellishment and papers, Kim clustered them in a structured block matted on white cardstock.
3. Put your title on an arrow that points to the focal point.
Kim’s title sits on an arrow that further reinforces her focal point by pointing the viewer’s eye right into it. Kim says she calls this “subliminal directionality.”
4. Include detailed shots for context.
While the photo of her son drawing was the impetus for the page, Kim took a couple of other shots later to provide context. One is a photo of his artwork and another is of the kinds of books that inspire his art.
5. Work the stripes.
“Tiki” is a layered delight, with a pieced foundation sitting on a striped base. The wide bold stripes could overwhelm if given more real estate on the page. Instead they add just a bit of energy and horizontal flow. Notice the strip of narrow-striped paper that Kim’s run across the page. These stripes are turned to run vertically. Using both of these prints in different ways adds great repetitions with variety.