These photos were from a few years ago – well, ten years ago now, but that just makes me feel old…LOL I love a good road trip and I love Chicago, so this still is one of favourite vacations ever. I go to the Lincoln Park Zoo every time I’m there, and on this trip I went up to the observation floor of the John Hancock Centre. It was my first time seeing the city from up high and it was gorgeous. The lake and the buildings, all lit with that warm light that happens just before the sun sets – made me fall even more in love with the city.
I wanted to push myself out of my box a little with this layout. It’s very common for me to have a frame around the page and it’s rare for me to frame a photo. I decided to do the opposite and use some chipboard frames and forgo the usual frame around the whole page. As I started putting the layout together I decided to keep trying some new-to-me things. That bulky hot air balloon brad – that’s me pushing my boundaries…LOL I usually keep my embellishments fairly flat so while one brad doesn’t seem like some sort of revolution, it made me feel like a bit of a rebel.
The other thing that happened with this layout that I didn’t set out to do, was I strayed from my usual ‘three points of interest’ when I added my embellishments. At first glance there’s a triangle formed by the circular embellishments (where the enamel dots are), but then there’s a fourth circular element tucked behind the top of the photos. And then there’s that strip of striped paper (say that ten times fast), at the bottom left of the layout. It’s only one element, but it’s so high contrast that it definitely has visual weight. So this layout ended up having five spots that catch your eye.
Does it work? I think so. Even though this is an 8×8 layout, with two photos, and five ‘spots’, it doesn’t come across as too busy or distracting. So why does it work? It works because of where on the layout those ‘spots’ are. They’re all fairly restrained – not too many different colours, shapes, or number of elements in each cluster. And they are also balanced around the layout – one near the top, one near the bottom, one near the right, one near the left. This lets your eye find a balance – to find spots to rest. You can ‘see’ many different triangles though, and that keeps your eye moving and the page interesting. It’s all about a balance.
- brown cardstock
- We R Memory Keepers, Indian Summer, Watercolour
- Crate Paper, The Open Road, Chipboard Frames
- Basic Grey, Capture, Snippets
- Basic Grey, Capture, Die Cuts
- Basic Grey, Capture, Designer Chipboard Stickers
- Basic Grey, Carte Postale, Mixed Brads
- Recollections, 2-1/2″ circle punch
- My Mind’s Eye, Mistletoe Magic, Enamel Dots
- Tim Holtz, idea-ology, Label Letters
- Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
- Ranger, Distress Ink, Pewter
- Memento, Tuxedo Black, ink
- date stamp
- washi tape