The criss-cross foundation is also known as a cross foundation, or a T foundation. It is simply a horizontal arm crossing a vertical arm on the page. In this example, my photos form the vertical arm while white cardstock and border strips define the horizontal.
The "arms" of the cross provide resting places for photos, title and journaling. Here I've placed the photos on a horizontal mat with the title and journaling above and below. The vertical arm is strictly decorative.
The intersection of the horizontal and vertical arms provides a strong focal point for the page. On this layout, all my important page elements are on the criss-cross. I've chosen to embellish in a visual triangle around it.
Once the criss-cross is defined, pieces can then be placed for impact and balance. For example, the large horizontal title is balanced by my photo and row of vertical wooden buttons.
This most recent page came directly as a result of watching one of the videos from the Scrapbook Coach Criss Cross series. As usual, I have a Pinterest board of more criss-cross layouts for further inspiration. No matter what you call it, the criss-cross a great Go To Design! Is this one in your scrapping repertoire?
This series was inspired by the Layout Issue at Masterful Scrapbook Design.