Blocked Page Design


I’m a fan of all templates. Clustered templates help me create really detailed layouts. Journaling-focused templates let me tell my stories. List-style templates help me capture some “current” facts. Paper-scrapbooking style templates let me create layouts that look realistic.

My favourite templates are based on grids. I love taking a simple linear block page design, filling it with my photos and words, and layering papers and embellishments. I notice that my family likes these blocked style pages too.

Today I’m going to share how I work with a blocked template by using this one by our very own Katie of Scrapbook Lady Pages:


Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Spaces, previously included in the January 2013 DIgi Files

1. Clip Photos

I chose this template because it had a couple of large squares that I knew would work well with my two main photos. I started with the photos so that I could see how much embellishment I would need in the other spaces.


2. Find a Kit that Coordinates with the Photos

I decided on this kit by Jenn Barrette because I liked the fun nature elements and I thought that the blue would work well with the blues in my photos.


3. Add Papers and Adjust Composition As Needed

Clipping papers to the remaining squares gave me a good idea about how the page would feel when it was finished. Most importantly though, it helped me to notice that the beautiful papers were getting a bit lost on the brown background. To make them stand out, I selected all the photos and paper squares and used the transform tool to shrink them a bit. Then I drew a square mat on top of the brown background paper and clipped a white paper to it. That quick-fix helps the photos and coloured papers pop against the white mat.


4. Add Journaling

At this point, I created a spot for my journaling. I shrunk one square and increased the size of another one to make a journaling area.


5. Add Embellishments and Finishing Touches

As I added embellishments, I thought the little rectangle above the journaling box was getting lost. I expanded it and made a single larger journaling card.

I also added in some flowers, buttons and other elements from the kit.

Finally, I made a frame out of the background paper by creating another square just a bit wider than the white paper, clipping the same sandy background paper to it and adding an inner shadow with a very large “distance” setting for the shadow. It gives it a sort of bevelled wood look.


Some Thoughts

My favourite part about blocked templates is how versatile they are. I could have easily made all of the squares into photos. Or flipped the template on its side and the overall design would still work. I also like the option to add mats to some squares, or the entire page. Alternately, I could have removed the shadows and changed the background white and used the template as a photo book-style page. There is so much possibility in blocked design!