Monday, April 8, 2013

Inspired By...Oomph and Polish

The current issue over at Masterful Scrapbook Design, Oomph and Polish, is all about the "pursuit of ideas and techniques for pushing your designs farther", according to owner Debbie Hodge. For instance, in the Designers Gallery each contributor displayed a before and after photo, with tips and ideas for adding those finishing touches that can take a layout from good to great. I was inspired to give this a try myself. 

Here's my before layout. I've got the photos, title, and journaling in place with some simple layering and banner embellishments. Now I want to finish the page with more texture and dimension, plus something that is eye catching.


Eye Catching: I framed the entire page with a diagonal striped patterned paper. This border provides contrast to the white card stock, adds energy and helps contain my layout. This is a favorite finishing technique of mine to pull a page together.


Texture and Dimension: Hand stitching not only provides additional interest, but also distributes color around the page.


More Texture and Dimension: Brads, wood veneer and pop-dotted stars form a visual triangle. I like to think in three's, so there are 3 clusters of 3 shapes.


Okay, maybe I fudged the 3 things at the top of the page a bit. Since it provides an entry point for the layout, I'm good with that. 

This was a fun exercise, challenging me to think about my process and preferences for polishing a page to completion. How do you like to add Oomph and Polish to your layouts?

21 comments:

  1. What a difference ...it looks great! You place elements on a layout brilliantly!

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  2. Great extra touches. I'm going to enjoy seeing more of these.

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  3. Beautiful layout SUe... I love those banners!!! hugs..x

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  4. O-H-I-O!!! Go Buckeyes!!
    super layout sue!

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  5. Awesome page, Sue! I love the banners and you are so right about all of those finishing touches. Your stitching looks fabulous!

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  6. Great work! I happened to use similar techniques on my spreads I shared today too! I framed one page with a darker border to pull it all together. On my second I created texture by curling up the edges of my flourishes and with adding buttons!
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  7. What a fabulous layout, the stitching really brings it all together and I adore the banners

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  8. Great example, Sue!
    I thought the first layout was great, but the second layout does have a little more something to it :)

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  9. Great layout, love the finishing touches you added :)

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  10. Great finishing touches! The clusters of three really help direct the eye. And I love the hand stitching. :)

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  11. I loved the before, but the additions did add an extra punch! Nice job!

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  12. I love how a few perfectly placed embellishments can really 'lift' a page!
    Alison x

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  13. Lovely layout! I really like the stitching, it adds so much texture along with the wood veneer accents!

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  14. I like all your little extras particularly the stitching and the page frame. Using the school colors for the banner is a great way to support your theme and your team! You've chosen two of my 'go-to' accents - brads and wood veneer.

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  15. Love the changes you made to the page Sue, to give it that more dynamic look. Not drastic chances, but just enough for that wow factor! Really love the touch of stitching on your banner pennants!

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  16. I remember one of the first things I learned years ago on a Get it Scrapped class was how to add "charm", Debbie called it. That was such a good lesson then and this expands on that whole idea. Great stuff!

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  17. Fantastic finishing touches! I love the stars scattered around. x

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  18. Oh yes, you've taken a flat page and lifted it up! Nice job.

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  19. Love this idea Sue! I could use some oomph and polish on my pages! Great added texture!

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  20. Excited to stumble across a Buckeye-themed page in my blog reader today. :) Love the layout, too.

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    1. Oh yes, we are Buckeyes through and through. Take a peek at my scrap room wall and you'll see what I mean! It's under the Tour My Scraproom tab.....O-H-I-O!

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