A Lot Goes Into A Simple Page

After you’ve been a digital scrapbooker for a few years, you forget just how far you’ve come in terms of understanding the techniques and tricks of your scrapbooking software. Things become second nature and you no longer need certain tutorials or references to accomplish specific looks.

Let’s take a look at a simple page and break down some of the skills needed to put it together.

Making a Simple Page

The January 2014 Digi Files contain this amazing kit by Lauren Grier.

I started by choosing my favourite elements from the kit and placing them on a blank 12×12 canvas:

Then I began to play with the elements, seeing how they worked together. I clipped paper to shapes and duplicated layers to put together the beginning of a page:

Then I added some photos and journalling and started to look at the page critically to see what I wanted to keep and what needed to go.

Finally, I chose to add more journalling and simplify the embellishments. Here is the final page that I put together. It was a quick and easy page.

Supplies: Always by Lauren Grier, Journalers by Valorie Wibben, Grown-up Girl font by Darcy Baldwin

But, is the page so simple after all? Maybe “simple” in this case is a matter of perspective. To put this page together, I relied on these principles and techniques:

  • White Space: First, the page uses a neutral background and a liberal amount of white space. Making a simple page still requires quite a few design decisions.
  • Groups of Three: Visual groupings of three are pleasing to the eye and a popular design choice.
  • Black and White Photos: Black and white photos are timeless and the a great way to scrap photos when you don’t want the story to be lost.
  • Editing Photos in Lightroom: I edited the photos in Lightroom, using purchased presets.
  • Column Text: Using text in columns, similar to a magazine layout, breaks up large blocks of text into a more manageable size.
  • Paint: I clipped paint to the edge of a frame, for a messy look.
  • Text Size: After years of scrapbooking in 12×12 and then printing in 8×8 size, I know that font size 14 is the minimum size that I can read comfortably. A larger text size makes a big difference in how much I enjoy a final page.
  • Word Art Title: Titles are the hardest part of a page for me so I’m always grateful when there is good word art to use!
  • Kerning: See the word “imagination” is the bottom corner? I adjusted the kerning, which is the space between the letters, to give it a more airy look.
  • Clipped Paper: I “borrowed” the banner shapes from a journal card template and added them to my page, clipping paper to them.
  • Inner Shadow: I used an inner shadow on the pink butterfly to give it a “cut out” effect.
  • Drop Shadows: Let’s not forget the shadows! Learning how to shadow is an important step for all digital scrapbookers.

That’s a lot of things to consider on such a simple page! Luckily, there are so many great resources available to new digital scrapbookers, especially here at The Daily Digi.

Thanks for reading!