I hope everyone is having a great Saturday so far! The layout I'll be sharing this morning is the first layout I've created in over a week. I scrapbook for stress relief and make it a priority to get down in my scrap room a couple of times a week, so that is a long time for me to go without it! I often find that my first layout after a break can be challenging, as I try to tap into my creative mojo, and re-familiarize myself with the current kit (in this case the colourful and cheery Celebration kit). I was initially planning on a layered layout, but in this case I struggled with how to get those layers together, so I quickly decided to make this one unlayered and used a block design instead:
With this type of unlayered block design, I create blocks using patterned papers and embellishments, and lay them out side by side, creating on overall square or rectangle shape on my background paper. I sometimes worry if it will look boring compared to my other layered and embellished layouts, so there are a few things I do to keep it interesting.
Using a small-print patterned paper as the background instead of plain card stock is one trick that can keep a block design from looking too drab. This paper with the yellow stars was my favourite paper in the whole kit, but I refrained from saving it for another layout. I always try to think of my current layout as the only layout I might make with a kit. That way I am sure to use up my favourite pieces rather than saving them for the perfect layout that may never happen.
Another way to step up a block design is to leave some parts of the block incomplete so your brain can fill in the lines. This makes the viewer more active in taking in the layout and makes it feel more dynamic. I often do this with the title. Rather than putting the title on another rectangular piece of patterned paper (which would complete my overall square design), I left it on the background paper so this corner of my overall square is not filled in like the others. I also didn't fill in the bottom right corner where the journalling block is.
Interrupting lines is my favourite way to add impact and interest to a block design. The photo above shows a few examples in one small area of this layout. The journalling block is the most obvious interruption of lines on the entire layout (if you look back at the top photo this should stand out). I did this because the journalling, although brief, is quite important for the story of this layout. It is a celebratory moment that follows a period of grief in my family. Putting it on a black journalling card emphasizes and gets you ready for its more serious tone. There are other interruption of lines here as well: the "happy happy" banner, and the "happy day" sticker interrupt the line of the striped patterned paper, and the asterisk interrupts the lines of the journalling block.
I don;t always put mist splatter or embellishments outside of the overall block design like I did in this one, but I did this for a reason. I wanted the layout to have a celebratory feel despite the slightly more serious journalling, so I added the sprinkles which ended up looking like confetti, and the banner is something I just added for additional interest and to help this layout stand out amongst the other layouts in my album. Below is the process video that shares how I created this layout from start to finish:
I hope you all have a great weekend!