Continuing on my style journey, we've already covered the basics. Now we're going to consider page arranges: how do I like to place my designs?
I learned that I like white space. My pages are not all about what I put on them; they are also about what I don’t put on them. White space can be used to corral the eye. I feel like my pages that make good use of white space (or negative space since it isn’t always “white”) look the most like magazine pages.
I find an easy way to make good use of negative and positive space is to use a cluster photo layout. I like when my photos are somewhat bordered in a cohesive pattern.
I like straight lines and geometric shapes. I do deviate from straight lines and block shapes with fair frequency. In those cases, I find the use of symmetry helps bring back some definition to the layout when the clean lines are absent. These techniques lead the eye around the page.
While I tend to favour straight lines, I do have a soft spot for circles. I use these in smaller bits: pearls, dew drops, buttons, or stacked medallion-type embellishments. I don’t use eyelets much, even though they are circular. I bought a Crop-a-dile II to set them and it really does make it easy! I’m finding, however, that I prefer circles that don’t have a “backing” on the other side of the paper the way eyelets and brads do. That means, I'm allowed to buy buttons, pearls/dewdrops and rhinestones, but brads and eyelets are off the list until I am completely out of them.