Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Go To Designs: The Shelf

Another Go To Design I turn to quite often is the shelf. What exactly do I mean by a shelf? It's a horizontal border that does not span the full width of the page, used to showcase key elements. Here's some examples:


This shelf is made up of three patterned papers that are border punched and embellished. The photo placed on the shelf becomes the center of attention. A layer of mist adds subtle dimension. This photo is so old, it is an actual polaroid!


In this example, I've use the shelf to place a photo and title on top, and hang a photo and the journaling below. Grouping key elements in this manner creates a sense of unity.



This is one of my favorite shelf pages. I used a layering technique with paper scraps and tags, and I like the extra dimension the strings and brads bring to the page. I try to keep the space around the shelf fairly clean. This one uses white space quite literally!


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Here is my most recent shelf page, where I put my Silhouette to good work. The shelf design is useful when you have one large landscape photo or a few square photos you want to highlight. You can vary the placement on the page: to the right, to the left, or smack dab in the middle.


I tend to begin my shelf pages with three layered borders in a variety of sizes and colors, then add a few bits and pieces. The hearts placed near the title and journaling draw attention to these elements, and create diagonal flow.



So are you ready to give the shelf a whirl? Or maybe this is already a Go To Design in your arsenal? It's very handy and versatile!

27 comments:

  1. I just wanted to thank you for the time you put into your blog. I learn so much from your layouts and the teaching you do with them.

    THANK YOU!

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  2. I'll certainly be giving the shelf a go at the crop this weekend :) wonderful layouts Sue, I'm off to download that shape to cut out on my Silhoutte this week

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  3. Great post! Love the idea of the 'go to design' blog post. Looking forward to seeing more :)

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  4. These are all fabulous, Sue! I too will be using these for scrapbooking inspiration this weekend!

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  5. Thanks for the tip! And your layouts are absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  6. I LOve all of these designs.....very clean and definately something I could do. Thanks for such a wonderful write-up.

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  7. I love that top one with its vintage look especially. There is always something to admire (and learn) round here.

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  8. ps - your snowy bridge header is wonderful!

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  9. love them, all the one with that tag really grabbed my heart love tag.... colors on all oh so awesome.. thanks for sharing.

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  10. These are all wonderful pages and great examples. I struggle with landscape-oriented photos and it looks like this design suits them so well.

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  11. Great pages! I ADORE the one with all the little tags...the colors are fabulous!

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  12. I love your layouts and style. Everything about them speaks to me---color combination, design and subject matter. Just perfect.

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  13. How very cool!
    I never thought of the design element that way - a shelf.
    TFS!

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  14. Love it! I especially like the "you and me" layout. I may just have to scraplift it! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Lisa

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  15. So many great ideas for the shelf design, Sue! That is a very versatile design. Hard to pick a favorite but I think I would go with the one with the tags.

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  16. I do like this shelf design Sue...think I'll be trying it soon!
    Alison xx

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  17. I love the 'shelf' of tags on the lake superior page, and the silhouette hearts on the last page are so pretty! x

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  18. Wonderful examples, thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. These are great Sue. My favorite is the shelf with the tags!

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  19. this is a great design technique. I love doing this, and I love all your examples.

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  20. Great layouts and this is a great design page format

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  21. You have been putting your Silhouette to good use! These layouts are awesome! tfs

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  22. These are beautiful~love how you did the title on the first one~gorgeous!!!

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  23. Love these Sue!! And I love your description for the border strip!! It is perfect...I would have never thought to call it a shelf, but after seeing your examples, it is a perfect description for "displaying" the elements on your pages!

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  24. Beautiful layouts Sue... love the PP...awesome... hugs...xoxo

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  25. Thanks for the great inspiration. I think you do the best "shelves" and clustered embellishments!
    PS Love that wonderful photo of you and your husband looking so happy!

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