Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Go To Designs: Centered

Welcome to a regular feature on this blog, Go To Designs. Today I'm focusing on Centered Designs. This scheme results in a well-balanced layout that is easy on the eye.


You start with a solid base in the middle, a basic square or rectangle, and build out from there. After establishing a focus in the center, it's easy to add different elements to fill in the page. In this example, I chose circles, a scalloped border and buttons to contrast with the center rectangles. A clean and simple design, yet very colorful.


Here I added banners to extend out from my center square. The title and small embellishment group in the upper RH are allowed to pull away from the center, creating added interest. Because this is supposed to be a relaxing page, there's plenty of white space allowing the eye to rest on the focal point photo.


Collection Featured: Simple Stories I Heart Summer
Brand New Page! Small details, like the misting, brads, and wood veneer, occupy white space and encourage your eye can travel around the page. In this case, I've created a diagonal flow by placing these elements in the upper LH and lower RH corners.

The Centered Design works especially well with just a few photos, or several smaller photos. Matting in the center provides the needed visual weight. As always, I have many more examples pinned on this board. Are you a centered scrapper?


This series was inspired by the Layout Issue at Masterful Scrapbook Design.

22 comments:

  1. Yes, I can be! I think what stands out here is how the pleasingly classic design has allowed you to work on some stunning colour combinations

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  2. Your layouts are stunning. There is something about each one that I particularly like. I love the use of punched circles on the first one, banners on the second one and the stitching on the third one. Plus the color combinations are very "happy"! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I like all your layouts but especially the first one. Ledger papers with headings can be tough to use and this is a great arrangement. The bright colors and circular elements really keep the focus on the photos.

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  4. Wonderful collection of examples, Sue. I love the stitching you did on the third page.

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  5. awesome layouts- i have to say i am a centered girl! LOL!! i just love that look!

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  6. Love the new layout! I just realized the other day that all of the books I'm reading (or listening to) are all digital on my reader except one. Your layout has inspired me to figure out how to document the books I'm reading this summer... Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  7. What great layouts, love the centered look and the use of your circles and banner strips.

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  8. Oh yes, I like the symmetry of a centered layout as much as the next gal. These are lovely examples, Sue. And I agree with Lisa, ledger sheets are tough to pull off - nicely done on that one.

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  9. Oh, especially love your Summer Reads LO - fab! That background text paper is lovely; think I will need some of that.

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  10. I like those three photos together - they remind me of the tall ships layout I scraplifted from you a few years back! :>)

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  11. Love this ... since I do 2-pagers almost exclusively, I use this a lot, lining things up to stretch them across the pages. Wonderful! :)

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  12. I love this type of design! Fabulous layouts and examples!

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  13. Fabulous design and I love the use of strong colours really packs a punch

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  14. Great layout, I don't think I ever think about the design when I scrap I just set to work and see what ends up :)

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  15. Awesome pages Sue, using a great design element!!

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  16. Love all these pages. I especially like all the circles peeking out from above your photos in the first layout.

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  17. Great pages, Sue!
    Centered design is one of my favorites!

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  18. These are all fabulous!! Love the center design! :)

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  19. Wow Sue! Some really great examples of centered design! Haven't had a chance to read this months MSD but looking forward to it!

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  20. Love the center designs and love the colour choices! So pretty!

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  21. Wow I love your layout!!! I am now following you via bloglovin' and I can't believe that I wasn't before! I love your work! xo

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