Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Go To Designs: Criss Cross

Taking my cue from Debbie Hodge's Scrapbook Coach series, I decided to make the Criss-Cross design my Go To for August. An easy choice, as I already have completed about a dozen scrapbook pages using this design scheme! I narrowed my selections to these five.


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.



14 comments:

  1. I like all of these! Amazing that they are all based on the same design as they are all so different. Love how you used those MME wood buttons. I have some and have had trouble working them in.

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  2. I always love seeing all of your variations and examples of the design style, Sue. Awesome work with the buttons on the hummingbird layout!

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  3. Great layout! I love all of them! Love all of the layering and the buttons on the hummingbird layout are inspiring!

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  4. Great examples of the criss-cross design!

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  5. I never knew this had a name! :) I love using this design for my pages! :)

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  6. Oh you're scrapping like crazy on those criss crosses. I especially like all the chipboard on Hello Again. There's a stashbusting page if ever I saw one.

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  7. All of these are absolutely gorgeous! Love that design!

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  8. Wonderful design concept and you did it beautifully. I really like all of them but the one with the hummingbirds captures my heart.

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  9. Great examples, and a good design to use again and again! :)

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  10. Great examples of this design element, Sue!!

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  11. Oh my gosh how gorgeous, you're so inspiring

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  12. Love your designs! So clean and happy!

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  13. great examples and love your layouts...thanks so much for sharing,.

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