Designing Your Memories -Texture

Do you have a desire to create a better designed scrapbook page?  The Daily Digi is a great resource to help you achieve your goal.  Many design principles & elements have already been explained including:



White Space







Today I would like to add to this awesome arsenal of info by talking about texture, a design element.

All surfaces have texture – from the smoothest mirror to the roughest rock.  “Texture is defined as the surface characteristics of a material that can be experienced through the sense of touch or the illusion of touch.” – Visual Literacy.   As digi scrappers, we work with visual texture, or the illusion of a surface’s texture.  Our work can’t be physically felt, but we can give the impression of texture.  Using a variety of textures on our digital layouts, such as rough cardboard, smooth buttons, or fabric flowers, will enhance our digi layouts by bringing a tactile element to our pages.  Here are a few examples (all layout are linked):

This beautiful layout by amandaresende has a variety of textures that add interest to her layout.  She repeats the lavender color by using yarn, a flower, and a dragonfly sticker – all of which have different textures:

tettletop20 did a great job adding a texture to her layout.  The bumpy background paper coupled with the gingham ribbon and smooth buttons make this layout interesting and fun to look at:

Not only do I love the color choices jendavey picked for this layout, I also love the variety of textures she put on her layout.  The rusted metal key, the flowers with a variety of textures, and the rhinestone jewel all support the design of this layout without stealing the show:

Even clean designs with few elements, like this one by timounette, can be full of texture.  Timounette’s  stitching, glitter, and ribbon are not only great repetitions of the color red, they are also differing textures that nicely contrast the smooth background paper.

Here is another clean layout that still has a variety of texture.  This adorable layout by clarabear was creatively assembled using lightly textured paper, crinkled tape, a smooth floral sticker, and bumpy stitching.

There are a few points to remember when adding texture to a layout:

1. Make sure the texture supports the message of the layout.  If your layout is about an elegant wedding moment, crinkled masking tape is probably not the way to go!

2. Use contrasting textures to make things pop.  A smooth epoxy element coupled with a fuzzy felt item will add interest and dimension to your layout.

3.  When using print over an uneven surface, taking the time to make the font follow the background texture will add to the feel of your layout.  HERE is a tutorial by Suzy that can help you achieve this realistic look.

4.  There is no denying that the layout examples in this blog post are full of fabulous drop shadows.  I realize that the subject of drop shadowing is a controversial one in the digi world, but I believe that adding a realistic drop shadow to an element adds to the layout’s texture.  Go HERE if you would like to learn more about drop shadows.

5.  Texture is meant to be a supporting role, not the star of the show.

When creating your next digital layout, why not consider adding a variety of textures to your masterpiece?

Please stop by MY BLOG today for a free fully-loaded template (template/quickpage combo) that is bursting with fabulous textures!