Snuggles by Christy Strickler | Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin;Alphas: Sassafrass; Flock: American Crafts; Tag: Basic Grey; Jewels: Making Memories; Other: Pearls, Crochet Trim, Labels by Dymo label maker
The asymmetrical cross was a little different from my normal layout composition.I have a tendency to group my photos in the center of my layouts. I approached my assignment by examining Dina's work and by scraplifting Dina's Bad Hair Curse.
When you are working with a composition that is different from your normal configuration, it can be helpful to scraplift a layout or use a sketch. My layout is quite a bit different than Dina's though the "bones" of her layout are present in mine. Scraplifting doesn't mean your layout needs to be an exact replica. I am not quite ready to say that the asymmetrical cross will be part of my normal layout compositions. It usually takes a few tries with any configuration( or technique) to make it truly your own.
Understanding composition is important in learning more about layout design. After all, there are only so many ways in which one can place paper and photos onto a canvas.Take a look at your layouts over the past few months. Look for patterns in the way you place your photos. Chances are good that you will often use the some of the same configurations over and over. If you want to understand more about layout composition, study sketches and look for the underlying structures. You can also take a class.Get it Scrapped has a series of free articles on the blog about layout design. Debbie's Scrapbook Coach and Building Pages classes offer further insight into the subject.
Always remember that the key to learning more about your style is to pay attention to how you work. Once you understand your preferences you can then add new tricks to your repertoire. Don't just try something once. Try it a few times to become comfortable with the concept. You can then decide if the new composition is something you want to use again or you can turn back to something familiar.