T3: Tips, Techniques & Tutorials

by Molly Newman
Tip: Balance Color and Black-and-White

Intimidated by the thought of mixing black-and-white and color photos on a single layout? By layering multiple elements together in a collage, you can easily integrate both types of images into your design. Here, Anna balanced a single black-and-white image with monochromatic alpha and ribbon designs at the three points of a visual triangle.

Check it out: "Collage" doesn't have to mean "chaotic" or "messy." Look at how Anna used straight lines and rectangular shapes to pull together disparate elements for an artistic, yet clean-lined effect.

santa gifts by anna aspnes
santa gifts by anna aspnes

materials papers, elements from "Xmas Market" kit by Shabby Miss Jenn (shabbymissjenndesigns.com) + AL Uncle Charles font + Photoshop (Adobe),

Technique: Create an Inspired Design
Take subtle cues from a photo's subject or a layout's theme to build a page with images, title, journaling and design that all tie together to make a unified design. Deena's title, "Morning View," inspired her to create a layout with journaling boxes arranged like the panes of a window and a background of concentric circles that mirrors the look of the morning sun. Rays springing from the "o" in her title are one more element that helps give the design a sunny feel. Note how these shapes aren't explicitly stated; instead, they simply suggest the page's theme.

morning view by deena wuest
morning view by deena wuest
materials papers from "Ruby's Garden" kit (Lynn Grieveson); elements from "Border Die Cuts No. 2", "Graphic Pop Circles Brushes-n-Stamps" by Katie Pertiet; shapes from "Frame It Custom" by Anna Aspnes (Designer Digitals) + Avant Garde, Susie's Hand fonts + Photoshop Elements (Adobe)

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