Friday, April 6, 2018

Grid Design by Madeline!

Grid designs are my go-to on various occasions. Sometimes I use them when I want an orderly display of multiple photos from an event. Other times I use a simple grid design when I'm in a time crunch, as the straight lines make assembling the page a breeze. With today's layout, a grid design is the perfect vehicle for embellishing with all of the fun and colorful die-cuts in My Creative Scrapbooks March main kit. 

In the closeup below, I have set a simple scene with die-cuts, adding dimension by adhering some of the pieces flat, while layering and popping up others. A cardstock "frame" ties it all together. 

To begin this page, I gathered cardstock in colors to coordinate with the kit's patterned papers and embellishments from Pebbles' Patio Party. The top left square was sized to frame my photo, the middle right rectangle to accommodate my title (a banner cut from one of the patterned papers), and the long piece at the bottom to hold journaling. Additional pieces were cut to "fill in the holes" and complete the grid. 

Here are the six components of my grid design, set on a white cardstock background. Already these colors are making me happy!

Once I added my photo and title banner, I cut white cardstock bases to hold the die-cut scene planned for the top, and the journaling planned for the bottom. Patterned paper fills the remaining grid.

Then out come the die-cuts and dimensional flowers, creating the scenes below. Hmmm...I think it calls for more die-cuts!

So more die-cuts it is!

At this point, owing to my indecisive nature, nothing is permanently attached. A strong breeze could blow it all away! But now that I'm content with the look,

I can finally print my journaling and adhere all these little bits and pieces.

A double cardstock border was also added, and it frames the entire page nicely. I simply cut down the white background by about 1/2 inch on each side, adhered to yellow cardstock, cut down the yellow cardstock by 1/4 inch on each side, and adhered to pink cardstock.

That frame makes all the difference! 

Can you see how this design can be transformed to fit a photo in another shape or size? Or more than one photo? That's the versatility of a grid. :)

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