Using a grid structure for organizing your photos, title, journaling and embellishments is a great way to start a page. That very same grid that holds your elements on one page, though, can become the backdrop for your elements on another page.
Lynnette Penacho says, “My favorite trick for creating the foundations of my layouts is to create a grid of patterned papers. Once the grid is in place, I start building my page up, layer by layer, until I have a completed layout. The great thing about this technique is that by simply varying the size and shape of the grid, you can get a totally different look on each layout.
Debbie defined a 4 by 4 grid of squares with stitching on “Thompson.” She filled three squares with patterned paper (to create a visual triangle), and then layered on her photo, title, journaling and embellishments in a cluster at the base of the grid.
Lisa Dickinson masked a 5 by 5 grid of circles and misted over them for the base on “My Boy.” Once the mist dried, she removed the circle masks, penned on faux stitching around each one and filled them with slightly smaller punched circles and embellishments.
This grid is the foundation for a series of black and white tilted photos. Her title sits below the grid and journaling flows around it on three sides.
Erin Bassett punched twenty hearts from kraft paper and mounted them in a 4 by 5 grid on another piece of kraft paper then roughed up the base and splattered it before layering photo, journaling, title and embellishments in a cluster at bottom right.
Take a look at your own grid pages and think about how you could use that grid design as the backdrop for your other page elements.