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?