Hi there! It’s Ronda here with you, bringing you the July Sketch! Today's sketch is meant to challenge you in a good way. On this sketch i have split the photos across the page. To make sure we have a balanced design, I have tied it all together with a couple different elements including the title.
On the sketch you can try one long vertical photo at the top and a small horizontal at the bottom. Play around with the sizes and make your title bold in the center to bring it all together.
Supplies: Find Your Wings and Fly-Sky’s the Limit : ‘Labeled’ paper, 'Balloon Parade' Paper; 'Zig-Zag’ paper, Sticker Accessory, Stamps; Find Your Wings and Fly-Up and Away: ‘Krafty Floral’ paper, 'Admit One' paper, decorative brads, layered stickers, enamel dots; Misc: gesso, watercolors, acrylic paint, Ranger black ink, TCW stencil, Jillibean Alphabets, black pen,
I truly love the time I get with my sweet nephews. Felix was at my house one day for a family get together. He has his own chair for the table and drink cups in my cabinets. We set him up with a dessert and just watched him tackle it like a pro. It's these simple moments that I will always treasure. It truly is the Sweet Life.
To start this layout, I use the Sky's the Limit Label Paper with a gesso wash. After it dried, I added in various water colors on the background using the paper line as a color story of blues, greens, yellows, and oranges. I love that you can see the patterned paper design peeking through the layers of color.
I love the concept of the split photos. You have to work in areas and then bring it all together somehow. I started on the top by layering a doily on the background to ground the photos with a nice white color. I then added the strong black stenciled images along the photo, knowing black was going to bring the layout all together.
I pulled out some scraps of patterned paper and punched 5 shapes in my color story. I spread them across my page bringing the designs and colors all around. While looking for those patterned paper scraps, I noticed the Admit one paper and thought a few tickets would look really cute too.
I then worked on the bottom half of the page, again grounding my photo with a neutral strip of patterned paper. You can see some of the scrap & punched patterned paper tucked under the photo here too. Once I had both sets of photos down, I started adding in those finishing touches that would really bring the page together. Stickers are a fun way to bring color, shape, and contrast to the page so I added them to both the top & bottom areas.
Did you notice the circles all around the page? Punched patterned paper, stickers, brads, and enamel dots across the page really bring the design together.
What really bridges this design of split photos is the title in the middle. I wanted nice neutral colors on this already colorful page so I used a combination of black & white. I drew some black lines on the page and journaled above & below the title. After I completed the journaling, I added the stamped images in black as the final touch. They really draw your eye around the page balancing it nicely.
Now it's your turn to tackle the split photo design. Have fun and remember to bring it all together through color & design.
A random winner will be chosen and shared with our next challenge on August 1st . You have until the end of the day on Wednesday, July 31 to share your project.
Please link your sketch via the InLinkz tool at the bottom of this post. Your layout must feature MME products. Only one entry per participant, please. The prize is any MME collection.