Monday, April 18, 2011

Give Away Monday with Jennifer Draut

It's the official tax day here in the US and a Monday, double yuck! That means you deserve a FREEBIE! All yuck has been exterminated. I'm Jennifer Draut, a new member of the Plum Dumpling gang, I hope you enjoy my contribution. Don't forget to share your creations with us in the Plum Dumpling Designs gallery, we love to see what you create!

Plum's newest kit Rabbit Tales makes me think of all the bigger events that I am shying away from scrapbooking. It's so challenging to make a bunch of photos look good together even if they are of the same theme. My page ends up looking too busy or too cramped. So, I thought about what makes a good page when I see lots of photos on it and then made a template for you that will compliment a double page spread.

Here is my sample page using Rabbit Tales, available at ScrapMatters

How do you flip this baby to get the the right side you see above? Complete page one and save, open the template again and save as "file name Right." In Photoshop the path is: Image, Image Rotation, Flip Canvas Horizontal

Download the template here

A few tips:
- Don't use too many embellishments. Let you paper be the "wind beneath the wings" of the photos.
- Avoid having too many different shapes. Too busy pages confuses the eye and make it less pleasant to view. Give your eye a clear path to follow. In this case, your eye goes to the bright orange of my focus photo and then follows to the smaller photos around the edge.
- Be sure to make all of your photos face the center of your double page spread. Everybody on the left is facing to the right and vice versa. Our eyes naturally follow the same path of other people's gaze. If your photo is looking "in" then your viewers eye will too.
- Do something different to provide interest. Don't make all your shapes the same size. Add text in one of your shapes as I did. Repetition with a bit of variation is very important.

Have a great tax day - do something nice for yourself and scrapbook!


Michele said...

This template is very creative. Thank you!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on Apr. 19, 2011. Thanks again.

lwlittlebit said...

Thanks for sharing; I love your layouts!

Pam said...

thank you

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