Here at Get It Scrapped, we’ve always taught that using go-to page foundations to start a scrapbook page speeds the process while giving you the limits that can actually boost creativity.
Read on to see the go-to compositions our creative team uses to speed their process and enable them to make pages they love.
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Celeste Smith says, ” I hung out the window this year to get my annual shot of the bridge we cross on the way to the Cape. The result was so much clearer and more interesting than previous years!”
“My comfort zone when scrapbooking is a block of layered of patterned papers. I place my photo on top of this stack. It comes together very quickly, and the layers add great interest to the final product. Since you just have to build a quick block of papers, the design comes together quickly.”
This foundation is worked four ways in one of the 20 Scrapbook Coach Classes that are a part of the Get It Scrapped Membership: In A Block.
Kristy T says, “This page tells the story of a day on which my son and I were possibly going to meet my husband for lunch but instead we went to the local Bunnings to get one item and came home with a whole bunch of plants. Impulsive shopping for plants is something that we tend to do.”
“I am generally a slower scrapbooker but one of the designs I use to speed things up is to create a diagonal flow on the page. For this page I also used a fairly symmetrical base as well, so I didn’t have to make too many choices to make about placement of items on the page.”
This foundation is worked four ways in one of the 20 Scrapbook Coach Classes that are a part of the Get It Scrapped Membership: Diagonal.
Kelly Prang says, “The story of the page- my daughter Mollie has been attempting to land a back handspring for a few months, and she got it on the trampoline this week. I was excited to get some photos of her showing off her new skill.”
“My favorite foundations for speeding up making a page is to start with a photo I am super excited about and a template that gives me a starting place. This page’s foundation starts with a block of layered patterned papers topped by my photo–the same approach Celeste mentioned above. I combined this foundation with a diagonal (as preferred by Kristy in her layout above) using the embellishing to add the diagonal flow.”
“In addition to having a go-to approach to foundations, I also have go-to approaches for the detailing of the page that include: using a kraft or white background, matting the whole page to get a narrow patterned paper border, sewn elements, scatters or sequins, and mixing smaller-motif patterns along with larger motifs.”
Kelly’s design is a hybrid of foundations taught in two of the GIS Membership Scrapbook Coach classes: In A Block and Diagonal.
Heather Awsumb says, “This page captures a funny moment with my cat who was randomly hanging out in my closet one morning with a funny look on her face.”
“My go-to composition is a casual blocked design. I like it because of it’s flexibility. For example, on my page the blocks that hold the titles and 3″x4″ card could easily have been filled with photos or patterned paper or more journaling. Additional blocks also could have been added to take up more space on the page. Getting the block to balance is made easier if you use standard photo sizes (especially 4×6 and 3×4).”
This foundation is worked four ways in one of the 20 Scrapbook Coach Classes that are a part of the Get It Scrapped Membership: Piecework.
Stefanie Semple says, “My daughter and I had our faces painted at a restaurant recently, this page celebrates her willingness to jump into new experiences feet first, and my delight in having a daughter to share these experiences with.”
“I love multi-photo layouts and I start with all of the photos I want to include, giving them all a narrow white mat and sizing a focal photo significantly larger. This composition is a hybrid of a piecework design with the photos blocked together and a diagonal design with placement of embellishments, titlework and focal point photo creating a strong downward diagonal flow on the page.”
“In addition to having a go-to approach to foundations, I also have go-to approaches for the detailing of the page that include: choosing one kit by colour (or two max) and word art title that takes the thinking out of making up something catchy.”
Kelly’s design is a hybrid of foundations taught in two of the GIS Membership Scrapbook Coach classes: Piecework and Diagonal.
Sian Fair says, “This page takes its story from the pocket card on the left. I rarely leave home without a book, and ever since I was a little girl I’ve always enjoyed scenery and fresh air best–with a book!”
“If I want to make a quick foundation for a page I build a band either left to right, or top to bottom. What I like about this method is that it’s “non negotiable.” You start at one point and keep on placing elements in a line until you reach the edge. I don’t have to think too hard about the way the design is flowing. But, at the same time, I can use this simply as a starting point and extend over other areas of the page if I have more time or feel the need.”
This foundation is worked four ways in one of the 20 Scrapbook Coach Classes that are a part of the Get It Scrapped Membership: In the Band.
Foundations are a great page starter
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