Simple Touches Tie a Layout Together

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking6 Comments

In the Spring Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, I wrote about what comes first, the story, or the photo. The good news, if anyone is unsure, is that both are correct. It really just depends on what your layout is inspired by.

And even though this page was inspired by the story of my daughter’s first semester away at college, the design was inspired by the Oh Happy Day tag die that I designed for Simon Says Stamp. I think there can be some really fun crossover between our scrapbooking and card making supplies, and I’m always looking for ways to do just that. Here’s a look at the full layout.

All of my papers come from the Feels Like Home paper collection by Close to my Heart. I love working with collection packs, and this one has a matching complements set where I took a few coordinating stickers from to create my visual triangle of embellishments. I finished off the page with some gold glitter self-adhesive gems.

As a page designer, I’m of the belief that it’s the small touches that really add to even the simplest of designs! I spaced out the glitter gems evenly across the strip of patterned paper.

I don’t always get to go into as much details for my column in the magazine as space is limited! One thing I love about this simple design is the asymmetrical balance, with the core content shifted off the right of the page, offering up lots of open white space on the left. I also used a bit of thin dimensional adhesive to add a little loft to my tag and the sticker elements. I used a powder tool to remove the stick from the stickers, making it easier for me to lay them out and move them around before adhering them with the thin foam adhesive. In fact, if you ever get frustrated when using stickers, because you stick ’em down, they aren’t quite right and then you’re, well, stuck… try using a powder tool every time and just add your own adhesive when you’re ready. I wish I had know this in my early years of scrapbooking. I probably wouldn’t have been so afraid to bust out the sticker packs!

If you like this design, it’s available in digital format, too!

You could even use the layer with the tag art and create your own cut file!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Be sure to check out Scrapbook & Cards Today on Friday, June 21st at 10 a.m. EST for the release of the summer issue! It’s packed with tons of summertime inspiration, plus my brand new Design Your Story column!


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Cathy ZielskeSimple Touches Tie a Layout Together

6 Comments on “Simple Touches Tie a Layout Together”

  1. #1
    carol ann

    Always loving your clean simplicity in design. Makes for beautiful pages and less visual chaos of where the eye travels. Way to go, Cathy! You’re my fave!

  2. #2

    I had to come to your blog to see what you did with this fun pretty paper collection. I wasn’t disappointed!

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