March 2024 wk3 Scrapbook Page Layout

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March 2024 wk3 Scrapbook Page Layout

Understanding Colour Blocking

Colour blocking is a design technique that involves using solid blocks of colour to create visually striking compositions.  Guest scrapbooker Ali has given us a great example of colour blocking in this week’s layout.

It's a simple yet impactful way to organize space and draw attention to specific elements on your page. By positioning contrasting or complementary colours, you can create interesting designs that enhance the overall look of your pages.


Reasons to use this technique

Colour blocking immediately catches the eye, making your scrapbook pages visually engaging and memorable.  It provides a structured framework for arranging photos, embellishments, and journaling, resulting in a cohesive and balanced design.

It can be adapted to suit any theme or style, whether you prefer clean and modern layouts or more eclectic designs.  By strategically placing blocks of colour around key elements, you can draw attention to specific photos or sentiments, guiding the viewer's focus.


Examples of Colour Blocking Techniques

  • Horizontal or Vertical Stripes. Create bold stripes of colour across your page, either horizontally or vertically, to add graphic impact.
  • Diagonal Blocks. Arrange colour blocks diagonally across your layout for a dynamic and modern look.
  • Nested Shapes. Layer smaller colour blocks within larger shapes to create a sense of depth and dimension.
  • Ombre Effect. Gradually transition from one colour to another, creating a subtle ombre effect that adds visual interest to your page.


How to Incorporate Colour Blocking Into Your Scrapbook Pages

  1. Choose Your Colour Palette

Start by selecting a colour palette that complements your photos and theme. Consider using a mix of bold and muted tones for visual interest.


  1. Plan Your Layout

Sketch out a rough design for your scrapbook page, identifying areas where you'll incorporate colour blocks. Think about how you want to arrange your photos and other elements within the space.


  1. Cut and Arrange Your Paper

Use solid-coloured cardstock or patterned paper to create your colour blocks. Cut them into geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, or triangles, keeping in mind the overall composition of your layout.


  1. Layer and Experiment

Play around with different arrangements and layering techniques to find the most visually appealing arrangement. Don't be afraid to overlap colour blocks or mix and match patterns for added depth.


  1. Add Embellishments and Text

Once you're satisfied with the placement of your colour blocks, embellish your layout with stickers, die cuts, and other decorative elements. Incorporate journaling to add context and storytelling to your page.


  1. Fine-Tune and Refine

Step back and assess your layout, making any necessary adjustments to balance the composition and ensure cohesion. Pay attention to the flow of colour and how it guides the viewer's eye across the page.


  1. Final Touches

Once you're happy with the overall look of your layout, adhere everything in place using acid-free adhesive. Consider adding finishing touches such as ink splatters or doodles to add texture and visual interest.