How to Achieve Balance in Your Artwork

We’ve talked quite a bit about how to make harmonious color combinations based on color theory and the color wheel. Today we’d like to branch out and look at some other visual elements that can boost your artwork beyond the use of color.

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Balance is a design principle that refers to the distribution of visual elements (such as shapes, colors, space, and textures) and how they relate to each other in terms of their visual weight. That term “visual weight” sounds a bit complicated, so let’s take it back to the playground to explain.

Consider two children on a seesaw. To have a fun experience, the children on either side of the seesaw should be relatively the same size or weight. If one child is heavier than the other, the seesaw is unbalanced and it will continuously want to tip to the one side, creating an unpleasant experience for everyone involved. The same idea applies when working on two dimensional paper projects, such as scrapbook pages or cards.

We tend to strive, usually without thinking about it, to create artwork that is balanced. A balanced work, where the visual weight is distributed evenly, appears stable, is pleasing to look at, and makes the viewer feel comfortable. Work that is unbalanced does the opposite. Sometimes artists create unbalanced art on purpose, but that is pretty rare in scrapbooking and cardmaking.

So how do we apply this design principle to our craft?

There are a few different approaches to achieve balance in your artwork—and we brought examples! So far we’ve been alluding to probably the simplest approach, and that is something known as reflection symmetry, where one side mirrors the other (both kids on the seesaw are the same size). This is an easy way to achieve balance and doesn’t require too much consideration. Simply draw a line (hypothetically, you don’t really have to draw a line) down the middle of your work and then mirror what you create on one side on the other side. The line can be drawn vertically, horizontally, or even diagonally.

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Radial balance is another type of symmetrical balance where the visual balanced is based on a circle (don’t worry, we won’t quiz you on these terms we’re throwing around—the principle matters more than the vocab 🙂 ). The design has a center and it extends from there. Daisies, a star, and the sun (when depicted with it’s rays) are all examples of shapes in radial balance. The page above is a beautiful example of one way you could use radial balance in your scrapbooking.

The downside to symmetrical balance is that it can sometimes come across as too simple, or boring, since both sides are visually the same. But there’s more, so keep reading!

Asymmetrical Balance

To have balanced artwork does not mean that all of the pieces on your scrapbook page or layout have to be the same size and laid out in perfect symmetry. Back to the seesaw—if you have a big kid that wants to play but don’t have a child of the same weight to balance him out on the other side, you create the weight by stacking two or three kids opposite the big kid. Another option would be to move the big kid closer to the center of the seesaw with just one smaller child on the opposite end to achieve balance where the two can play harmoniously.

In art, if you have a large object on one side of your work it can be balanced with several smaller items on the other side. Or, instead of increasing the number of parts on your scrapbook page (because sometimes we don’t have them or just don’t want them), move the larger piece closer to the center and balance with the smaller elements on the opposite side.

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Take a look at our asymmetrical page above. This page is asymmetrical because it has unequal visual weight on opposite ends. To balance it, our “heavier” elements were moved closer to the center and were countered with a handful of lighter elements on the other corner.

When done correctly, asymmetrical balance is more interesting to look at. It offers more visual variety and even has a more modern feel to it.

To determine whether or not your artwork is balanced, rely on your perception of it. No one area should draw your eye so much that you can’t see the others. Also, consider how it makes you feel. Do you like it? Is it comfortable to look at? Or do you sense that something is off?

Balance is the first of several basic design principles we will be discussing on this blog. Make sure to subscribe and to check back with us regularly to learn how to better use the elements of art in your artwork.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Life In Color Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, Z5961 Saffron Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5981 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5970 Willow Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3356 All-star Complements, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z3090 Red Gems, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Circuit® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5, cut 12)

12″ x 12″ Summer Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7231C Central Park Complements, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z1297 Edge Distresser, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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Making Title and Created By Cards in Story Starter

Even though every story is unique, there are some important parts that each one includes. For example, every story has a title and an author. This is why you’ll find specific cards in the Story by Stacy™—Story Starter workshop kits just for adding those two essential pieces. Story Starter helps you access a collection of memories that you can write as small stories in an album. Each workshop kit includes one title card and one created by card for you to add those story elements to every album you make and share.

Title Card

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Story by Stacy™—Story Starter is perfect for documenting the people, places, and things that you love, and by sliding a title card in right at the front, that subject is clear at the very beginning. These examples from Story Starter albums we’ve made show a few ways you can personalize the title card to fit whatever it is you are documenting.

Use the coordinating stamp sets, Colorful Texture and Quotable Words, to add stamped images in colors that match the rest of your album. You could also combine stamping with a small photo, or fill the title card with a larger square photo that has written words on the edges. The title card is yours to customize however you want.

Created By Card

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Part of what makes the stories you tell in Story Starter albums special is you! The words you write and the photos you use to illustrate them are yours, and that is why each Story Starter kit comes with a created by card. You, as the storyteller, should also be documented because these memories come from your perspective.

Just like your title card, you get to choose how you add the finishing touch as the author of this album. It might be a simple black and white photo with your signature. This is another place where you can add a little something extra with stamped images from Colorful Texture or Quotable Words. You could even go one step further with personalizing your created by card by flipping it over and using the back. This gives you a blank card to arrange a photo and stamped images in any way you like.

Another reason why we love having a created by card is that it gives you a place to write a small note when you give a Story Starter album as a gift. These small albums are both an easy and incredibly fun way to celebrate the people and moments that you cherish. You can use the created by card to include your name as the author of the story and add a note to that special someone.

As you make your own Story Starter albums, don’t skip the title or created by cards. These little additions highlight your album’s subject and the storyteller (that’s you!). You bring something exceptional to every story you tell, and it’s an important piece of the memories you include both inside your Story by Stacy™—Story Starter album and in any memory keeping project that you make. Keep telling those stories!

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A Thing or Two About Re-inkers

When creativity strikes, you can be sure to find a full spectrum of color-coordinated products within any Close To My Heart catalog, including our most often unsung hero—the re-inker.About Re-inkers #ctmh #closetomyheart #cmthraddad #ctmhreinkers #reinkers #ink #exclusiveinks™ #ExclusiveInks™ #ctmnexclusiveinks #colorcoordination #color #colour #colourcoodination #colorcoordinating #colourcoordinating #coordinating #matching

Available in every exclusive color, these awesome little ink bottles can be used for so much more than to re-fresh its stamp pad counterpart (although they are pretty great at that, too!). The ink is an acid free, water-based dye that can also be splattered using a paintbrush, misted using a spray pen, mixed with water and painted on for a watercolor look, and applied in as many other creative ways as you can come up with. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, re-inkers make color coordination easy and effortless for any crafter!

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Can you spot the ways we used re-inkers in this layout? (Hint, we used them three times.)

1. There’s the Almond “watercolor” wash behind the journaling on the right page. It’s a perfect color match with the Almond cardstock used in the background, tying the journaling aspect of this layout with the visual elements quite nicely.

 

To achieve this look, mix some ink from a re-inker bottle with a bit of water and then paint away!

If you’re using a paintbrush, add a few drops of ink to the inside of a stamp pad lid along with a few drops of water. Keep in mind that the more water you use, the lighter the color will end up. Pick up the ink with your brush and you’re set! (To avoid water-warped paper, use watercolor paper.) With a waterbrush, you have the option of mixing the ink and water directly in the brush, where you squeeze the diluted ink right onto the bristles.

You are going to love painting with our inks!

2. The second place we used a re-inker was to make the Toffee ink splatters on both pages of this layout.

 

Again, add a little bit of water to your ink (to dilute the tone as much as you want and so that it will splatter easier than straight ink) and then, with the ink on your brush bristles, gently tap the brush a few inches above where you hope the splatter will land on the artwork.

Were you able to find where we used a re-inker the third time?

3. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…white ribbon dyed Crystal Blue! Dye white ribbons and twines with any of our re-inkers to get just the right color match you need for those finishing touches we all love.

 

To dye your ribbon, place the cut piece inside a small bag and then add ink. Seal the bag and mix it until you are satisfied with the color. Add more ink, if necessary, either to ensure the entire ribbon gets covered or to darken the tone. When you’re ready to pull the ribbon out, use gloves to avoid getting ink all over your fingers (this can get messy fast). The ribbon will need to dry before you can use it in your artwork. For a faster drying time, use a craft heater (or even a blow dryer could work in this instance).

No matter what, you can always have a ribbon or twine to match your art!

Let’s continue the game….

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This card illustrates two additional fun ways to use re-inkers in your artwork. What are they?

(We left off at 3 so let’s just continue the list, shall we?)

4. More splatters, this time with a stencil and a spray pen.

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Create a white space inside your “splatter zone” with the use of a stencil. We kept things simple in our example and used a circle, but really you can do this with any shape you want—consider all of the Cricut® shapes you have at your disposal and get creative!

To use the spray pen, simply fill it with some water and add a bit of ink from a re-inker bottle, shake, and then spritz. Raise the spray pen higher for a subtler splatter and closer to the paper for a more concentrated splatter. If you want the ink to dry faster, try using rubbing alcohol instead of water.

5. How do you like the ink effect used in the stamped sentiment of this card? With very little effort, you can make your very own multi-color stamp pad.

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Fold a few baby wipes in half and stack them on top of each other. (We used four here, but really it depends on how much ink you are using for your project, so consider this number on a case-by-case basis.) Using your trusty re-inker bottles, add different ink colors in a random pattern to the top of your stack of wipes. Allow your ink to spread into each other and then use this “pad” to ink your stamp.

There you have it folks! Effortless color coordination for all of your crafting brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Exclusive Inks™ re-inkers! Available in every exclusive color and formulated from scratch, use these mighty ink bottles along with the ideas we shared today to make your own, one-of-a-kind, designs.

And, of course, if your stamp pad is ever getting dry….

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…use the coordinating re-inker to freshen it up! 🙂


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Rad Dad Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 3—Pattern 27 (p. 58)
D1811 My Acrylix® Rad Dad Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2727 Almond Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2217 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2728 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4196 White Ribbon, Z4029 Bronze Sequins

4¼” x 5½” So Glad You’re My Dad Card (Vertical)
D1811 My Acrylix® Rad Dad Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, Z2217 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2265 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2748 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z3325 Blue Burlap Ribbon, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
4″ Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30, #M41036A)

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Millennial-style Scrapbooking

There are many, many ways you can preserve your story in a scrapbook and how we do that has changed over time. What hasn’t changed is how much we like remembering our story. People enjoy looking back, sometimes with nostalgia, other times just as a reminder of where they’ve been. People also like sharing their memories, talking about their experiences and the things that have shaped them.

We get lots of questions about how to encourage a younger generation to take up this mantle and preserve their story by creating something that will last like a scrapbook, and today we are showing you some examples of scrapbooking from a Millennial point of view. Anyone can scrapbook this way. The principles featured in this style of scrapbooking can appeal to all memory keepers, but we are specifically focusing on style aspects that Millennials gravitate toward.

1. Create intentional white space.

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Are you familiar with the term minimalism? It’s actually an idea that’s been around for quite a while, but today, minimalism is a trend that resonates with many Millennials. It focuses on eliminating clutter and avoiding excess and distractions. People apply this idea to spending, décor, design, fashion, and more. When thinking about minimalism and memory keeping, focus on clearing the clutter by intentionally leaving lots of white space, like you see in the page above. This page is primarily White Daisy cardstock, but you don’t get lost in the white space. Adding a thin Linen cardstock border on the top and bottom of the page helps to ground your eye and pulls you in to the center.

2. Use only one or two photos.

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With minimalism in mind, a single photo is the focus of this page. It’s easy to get lost in the thousands of photos on our phones or computers, but you don’t have to scrapbook all of them. That’s probably not even possible, but you can pick your favorites. Start with scrapbooking one or two photos that are truly meaningful to you and tell other people something about who you are and what you enjoy. Even just one photo on a page can tell a story in a creative, yet clean and uncomplicated way. The neutral color scheme keeps the spotlight on the photo. Just add a few embellishments and a couple stamped images to round out this look.

3. Focus on the story.

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We don’t always remember details about our lives, even from the most important moments. Details from events like family vacations, weddings, or even day-to-day life can get lost. Scrapbooking gives us a place to record them, so we can remember the little things that made them special later. Instead of thinking about your page as one that’s primarily photos, why not think about your page as one that’s primarily words?

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Describing the story can be the point of your page. Scrapbooking allows you to be reflective, to be grateful, and to document change. Those are ideas that matter to Millennials, and they often are thinking about ways to reflect and document their lives on social media or through other venues like a gratitude journal. These are all ways to tell your story. What makes scrapbooking unique is that it is preserved and available to continue to share and learn from over time. You can do this, plus exercise your creativity, through memory keeping.

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This page also incorporates elements from the minimalist perspective, using lots of white space and just one photo to complement the real treasure, the words. Keep in mind, your photos don’t have to have faces in them. It could be the perspective of your feet hanging out the window, like you see on this page, or maybe it’s the food you ate or the places you visited. Photos don’t have to be just of people. It can be whatever best illustrates the words on your page.

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4. Make something simple, yet Instagram-worthy.

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Millennials, and many of the rest of us, are already sharing their story on social media. These photos deserve a home, but it’s equally important to Millennials to be creating in ways that are Instagram-worthy. This means that what they make should be easy to share and aesthetically pleasing with a touch of simplicity.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

The beauty found in simplicity is something even Leonardo da Vinci recognized as important, and it continues to resonate with Millennials. Using an Everyday Life™ format can mimic the popular look of photo books, and these albums can be just as simple to create. Even in a smaller size, this type of scrapbooking can still emphasize white space with photos, similar to a photo book. Photos could be square, making it easy to scrapbook things directly from places like Instagram. Millennials are already sharing their story on social media, but it is so easy, and affordable, to take those stories and photos and slip them into an Everyday Life™ album. With little extra effort, you can preserve your memories in a simple, sophisticated way.

Scrapbooks come in all shapes and sizes. They allow us to creatively express who we are, the time we live in, and the things that matter to us. You don’t have to be a Millennial to appreciate the trendy looks in the artwork you see in this post. Like da Vinci’s thoughts about simplicity, some of these ideas have been around a very, very long time. Millennials just happen to be the ones taking inspiration from them today, and that can encourage us all to both try something new in our memory keeping and help others to tell their story in whatever way speaks to them. So next time you pull our your scrapbooking supplies, think about how you can add some extra white space, focus on the story, or keep simplicity in mind as you create beautiful pages for your memories, and as always, we hope you share those memories with others.


Recipes:

12″ × 12″ Happy Place Page
D1772 My Acrilyx® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z3357 Better Together Complements, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ × 12″ And Then Page
D1772 My Acrilyx® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exlusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

6″ x 8″ Love Everyday Life™ Layout
X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4185 Fresh Air Shapes, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3252 Everyday Life™ Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″, Z3191 Everyday Life™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″, Die-cutting Machine

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25 Scrapbooking Hacks

We talked to the pros in our art studio and came up with a list of easy, yet very effective, tips and tricks to take your scrapbooking artwork from good to great! (A few of these tips were shared in previous blog posts, but a lot of them are new. We’ve put them all together for you to have as a resource in one great list!)

Ready to step up your scrapbooking game? Take a look!

1. Try attaching embellishments with mini staples. Mini staples can give your page a different feel without any extra work.

2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw in journaling lines. Write your journaling and then either erase the lines or go over them with a black journaling pen.

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3. To change up the look of your title, cut letters from patterned paper or even the background of extra photos using Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.

4. Place embellishments in odd numbers on your layouts. Odd numbers are visually more appealing.

5. Cut shimmer trim into smaller strips by lightly attaching it to your paper trimmer. This will keep it in place while you trim, giving you a nice straight cut. Plus, it pulls off easily when you’re done!

6. Stamp outline shapes on patterned paper. Then, you don’t have to color the shapes in yourself.

7. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the patterned paper from several paper collections to have more options for your layouts. We spy three different paper collections on this page. Can you find them all, too?

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8. Missing a photo for your layout? You can put wax paper under a Complement sticker that might go over a photo. This lets you finish assembling your layout and add the missing photo later.

9. Stamp words with alphabet stamp sets to create personalized backgrounds.

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10. Before you throw your paper scraps away, see if you have pieces that you can use to cut small shapes like circles, squares, or rectangles. Even these little pieces can be used for layering, backgrounds, or as journaling strips. You can even tear the edges to use as washi tape.

11. When adding paint splatters after your page is put together, make sure to mask the layout and photos with scratch paper.

12. Didn’t get your title perfectly straight? Use a small tool like a Cricut® spatula to gently move something already attached to your page.

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13. Bend up the edges of layers to add dimension. This could be a simple banner or photo mat, just to give an extra touch of depth.

14. When sewing on your layouts, avoid putting adhesive where you plan to sew. The adhesive will get stuck on the needle. Use adhesive to attach paper in the center and then sew the edges like we did below.

15. Experiment with a ⅛” photo mat on your layouts. This gives you slight definition around your photo without distracting from other elements on your page.

16. Trim Complements from the 6″ x 6″ sheet and lay them on your artwork to preview their placement before attaching them. It’s much easier to find the perfect spot and see how they will look on your page.

17. When layering several patterned papers, staple them together first, then cover with a photo. This will keep your layers arranged how you’d like them while you are gluing down your page. Here is an example. A small staple holds the three layers in place behind the photo.

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18. Before attaching your paper, embellishments, and photos, lay everything out on your page and snap a quick photo with your phone. This gives you something to reference as you attach each piece, making sure you get it exactly how you want it.

19. Use the smallest possible My Acrylix® block when stamping on a layout. A smaller block can help you avoid rocking your stamp back and forth and ending up with a wobbly image.

20. Mix patterned paper with small, medium, and large patterns. Here you can see how we used a tiny floral pattern combined with the medium-sized triangle pattern, and finally the large polka dots.

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21. Move the paper not the scissors when hand trimming embellishments, stamped images, and other shapes.

22. If a color feels too bright for a layout, use vellum to tone it down. We added a small strip of vellum, sewn over the Charcoal cardstock, to create a softer edge.

23. Hold on to extra Thin Cuts or Cricut® shapes to use for other projects. You never know when an extra tag, banner, or circle could come in handy while you’re crafting!

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24. Need a different color or patterned paper for your layout? Remember your pocket cards! Pocket cards from paper packets or from Picture My Life™ cards can be trimmed and used as accents or titles.

25. Use tweezers, a piercing tool, or even the tip of your micro-tip scissors to help you gently place small embellishments like bitty sparkles.

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Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tips or tricks that you use while you’re scrapbooking? Share in the comments.

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Color Theory: Double Complementary Color Schemes

Tetradic Colors #ctmh #closetomyheart #colortheory #colourtheory #color #colour #theory #tetradic #double #complementary #doublecomplementary #rectanglecolors #rectangularcolors #colorwheel #colourwheel #wheel #orange #violet #blue #yellow #goldrush #eggplant #canary #sapphireThis is it, the last of our color theory posts! In our final installment of this series, we’re going to highlight tetradic (or double complementary) color schemes and show you how to create them on your own.

In a double complementary scheme, we use a combination of four colors that, as the name implies, is made up of two complementary color pairs. (Remember, two colors are complementary if they are opposite each other on the color wheel.) To make it even easier, this kind of color combination is also known as rectangular colors because when the four colors are connected on the color wheel they form a rectangle.

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Because the four colors have to form a rectangle to fit this scheme, there are really only so many combinations that you can form. Six, to be exact:

  1. orange, yellow, blue, violet
  2. yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet, red-violet
  3. yellow, green, violet, red
  4. yellow-green, blue-green, red-violet, red-orange
  5. green, blue, red, orange
  6. blue-green, blue-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange

Once you’ve chosen one of these combinations, jump on the Close To My Heart color wheel and pick from the exclusive colors that fall into each category.

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Another way to approach color choice, like in previous color schemes we’ve discussed, is by starting out with a color you want to use, like Eggplant, and then drawing the rectangle from it to determine what the other three colors could be.

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This card uses Close To My Heart exclusive colors that fall within the orange, yellow, blue, and violet combination—Goldrush, Canary, Sapphire, and Eggplant.

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The page above makes use of the yellow-green, blue-green, red-violet, and red-orange combination—Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Thistle, and Poppy.

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Tetradic colors tend to be quite vibrant and can even be jarring if used in equal amounts. To avoid creating artwork that is hard to look at when using this type of color scheme, choose one dominant color and use the other three to accent. Including neutrals in your designs, like we did with white in both of our examples, is an easy way to subdue the effects of this bold combination.

After reading, reviewing, and applying the color principles that we’ve been discussing these past few months, it’s easy to see that making harmonious color combinations isn’t so hard. Keep that trusty color wheel close by and pick your colors with confidence!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Summer Page
X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, X5977 Crystal Blue Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5976 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7231C Central Park Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4¼” x 5½” Life with Friends Card (Horizontal)
D1779 My Acrylix® Beautiful Friendship—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z4196 White Ribbon

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Postcard Perfect: Pocket Scrapbooking and Giveaway!

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through National Scrapbooking Month? With just a couple of weeks left to get our Postcard Perfect paper collection, created especially in celebration of this time of year, we wanted to give you some inspo for pocket scrapbooking using these beautiful papers.

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There are so many things going on in this layout to point out. First off, take a close look at the pocket cards. Each one is made using one of the designs from the cut-out page included in the Postcard Perfect paper packet.

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This sheet comes with a variety of scenic inspired images on one side for you to cut out and use as embellishments in any of your scrapbooking or cardmaking projects. They can ALSO be used to create your own pocket cards, like we did here, as layout titles, card fronts, and anywhere you want to add a splash of tropical flair.

Did you notice the pearls on our layout?

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When scrapbooking with pockets, it’s easy to opt out of using embellishments that have dimension in fear that they will make the Memory Protectors™ bulge and somehow compromise the aesthetic of our designs. An easy fix—attach the embellishment to the outside!

There’s another element of this pocket layout that you probably didn’t notice at first glance: Flip Flaps™!

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We just cannot get enough of these awesome pockets! Exclusive to Close To My Heart, Flip Flaps are extra pockets that you can attach to any layout, pocket scrapbooking or not, to incorporate additional photos or journaling. They are a fun, interactive way, to make room for your whole story.

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Our most cherished memories, regardless if we’re surrounded by palm trees, truly are Postcard Perfect, even if it’s just to us.

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The last thing we want to point out are the pictures that were used in this Postcard Perfect layout. They are of children having a blast splashing around and playing in a pool, not a sandy beach. These could’ve been taken at a pool party in someone’s backyard or even the local community pool. Your scenic getaway is whatever you make of it.

As we celebrate the second half of National Scrapbooking month don’t forget about pocket scrapbooking. This collection has so much potential beyond classic layouts. Take it to the crafty level and make all your stories Postcard Perfect!

To help you do just that, we are having another giveaway! (Woo-hoo!) For a chance to win one of FIVE Postcard Perfect Cut Above layout kits (check out this previous blog post if you don’t know what that is—we promise you’ll want one!) we want to hear about your experience with pocket scrapbooking. Have you done it? Do you prefer it? Is it not your thing? And, why? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and also make sure you are a subscriber to this blog. There’s a big blue button on the sidebar with your name on it (ok, technically it says Subscribe to list). The winners will be chosen by noon (MDT) tomorrow, May 16.

To learn about more chances to win, visit us on Facebook and Instagram where we are giving away even more of these fabulous kits.

Leave us a comment. Can’t wait to see what you prefer!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Truly Postcard Perfect Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
CC5184 My Acrylix® Postcard Perfect Stamp Set, CC5181 Postcard Perfect paper Packet, CC5183 Postcard Perfect Coordinating Cardstock, Z3370 White Pearls, Z1951 Memory Protectors™ Design 4Z2330 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″, Z2331 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″

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Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™

As we celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, why not combine the vacation vibes of the Postcard Perfect paper packet with the endless possibilities available with our Cricut® collections and Cricut Design Space™? Using the variety of banners in the Artistry Cricut® collection, you can cut personalized text using the Slice tool. This gives you unlimited flexibility to create titles for your scrapbook pages that perfectly capture what you love about your photos and memories.Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryWe made this scrapbook page by slicing text in a banner image from the Artistry Cricut® collection. This allowed us to create a unique title to match the sunny, happy moment captured in this family vacation photo. Today we are going to give you step-by-step instructions to create a banner title just like the one you see here using a banner, font, and the Slice tool in Design Space™.Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryBefore getting started, make sure you own the Artistry and You Are Here Cricut® collections to use the same banner and font that we did in this project. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space™ compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show how to work in Design Space™ from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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2. Insert the banner image.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo add the banner from the Artistry collection to your canvas, click Images on the left side of your screen. Then, search for image #M418562 in the search box at the top. This is the exact banner you need to recreate our example. Just select it and click Insert Images in the bottom right corner to add it to your canvas.

3. Resize and ungroup the banner image.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryAfter inserting the banner, adjust the size to make it slightly larger for the scrapbook page. Change the height, only, to 3.5″. Design Space™ automatically resizes the width to the correct proportions as long as the lock icon above the size is locked. Then, ungroup the banner by selecting the image and clicking UnGroup in the Layers panel in the top right. This will leave one solid banner and one outline banner.

4. Duplicate the solid banner.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo create this banner title, you will need three separate pieces: one solid image for the bottom, a second solid image to slice the title, and the third outline image. To create a second solid banner, duplicate the image by selecting it and then clicking Duplicate in the Layers panel.

5. Insert first line of text, “LET THE,” and resize.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo slice the title, you have to work with each line of text individually. To add the first line, click on the Text icon on the left side of your screen. Then click Fonts in the Text Edit bar and search in the search box for “You Are Here.” Select the font, type your text, and then resize the font height in the Text Edit bar to 0.5″.

6. Move and rotate the text over the banner.

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7. Check text placement before slicing.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryBefore slicing your first line of text in the banner, you can check the placement of the text by moving the banner outline image over the solid one with the text. Select the banner outline, and then click Arrange in the Tools panel. Select Move To Front to make sure the outline will move over the top of the solid piece, rather than behind it. If your text needs to be adjusted, move or rotate as needed, and then check placement again.

8. Use Slice to cut text into the banner.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo cut the text into the banner, click and drag your mouse over the banner and text to highlight both images. This will allow the Slice option to become available in the bottom right corner. Then, click Slice.

9. Delete extra text.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryWhen you slice text into an image, you’ll have two lines of text remaining, one that you used to slice and then a duplicate line of text that was sliced out of the solid banner. Both lines of text can be deleted by selecting the text and clicking the red x.

10. Repeat with second line of text, “SUNSHINE IN.”

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryRepeat the same process to slice the second line of text for “SUNSHINE IN” on the banner to complete your title. Keep in mind, if you feel like the text is too tight on the banner, you can adjust the height to make it slightly smaller.

11. Cut your project!

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryFor our page, we used our Lagoon and Lemon cardstock. Keep in mind our cardstock is two-toned. One side has the full strength color, and the other side is a lighter hue. Use the light side of Lagoon for the banner with text and the dark side of Lagoon for the banner outline. If you like, you can also assign colors to your project pieces before cutting the project. This makes it easy to see what cardstock to use as you cut. When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Then, insert your cardstock, and you’ll have all the pieces you need to create this project on your own!

You can use this same process to create your own titles from banners found in the Artistry collection. With so many options, you can customize your titles to match any scrapbooking project! And don’t forget to take advantage of this month’s National Scrapbooking Month special with the Postcard Perfect paper packet and other coordinating products to make a page just like ours.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Let the Sunshine In Page
D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, D1775 My Acrylix® Central Park—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, CC5181 Postcard Perfect Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3216 White Twine, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3387 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3½” Banner <x> (p. 32, #M418562)
3½” Shift+Banner <x> (p. 32, #M418562)

You Are Here
½” font “LET THE SUNSHINE IN”

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