FAST + FABULOUS FRIDAY NO. 31

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT

THIS WEEK I KNEW I WANTED TO CREATE A GRAPHIC LAYOUT THAT WOULD REALLY CATCH THE EYE BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO PUT IN 20 HOURS USING PUNCHES OR A RULER TO MEASURE SOMETHING GEOMETRIC OUT - ENTER THE TEMPLATE! I STUMBLED UPON THIS WONDERFUL PHOTO TEMPLATE FROM STUDIO CALICO AND I JUST KNEW IT WAS PERFECT. I PAIRED THAT WITH SOME DIGITAL ELEMENTS FROM PAISLEE PRESS AND VOILA! SIMPLE YET IMPACTFUL LAYOUT COMPLETE!

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

TIME SAVING TIP NO. 1

USE A TEMPLATE

THIS IS PRETTY SELF EXPLANATORY SEEING AS THIS POST IS TITLED 'USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT!' BUT NONETHELESS I WANTED TO POINT IT OUT! TEMPLATES, ESPECIALLY THOSE CREATED TO FINISH AN ENTIRE LAYOUT (LIKE THE ONE I USED - SORRY STUDIO CALICO DOESN'T OFFER IT ANYMORE), ARE GREAT ALTERNATIVES TO DOING EVERYTHING YOURSELF. IF YOU'RE LACKING INSPIRATION OR ARE SIMPLY SUPER EXCITED ABOUT A TEMPLATE YOU FIND, GRAB YOUR DIGITAL GOODIE BAG AND GET TO WORK! A FEW CLICKS AND YOU'RE DONE - WITH A LAYOUT THAT HAS BEEN TESTED AND USED BY OTHERS, SO YOU KNOW IT WILL PRINT UP NICE.

ONCE THE DIGITAL IS DONE, YOU ALSO HAVE A FEW OPTIONS FOR FINISHING IT OFF. YOU CAN PRINT OUT THE ELEMENTS ON A VARIETY OF PAPER (GLOSSY AND MATTE LIKE I DID) AND TRIM EACH OF THEM, APPLYING WITH DIMENSION, OR YOU CAN SIMPLY PRINT IT IN ONE SHOT AND YOUR LAYOUT IS READY TO GO IN THE ALBUM- SUPER SIMPLE, AND QUICK!

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

 

TIME SAVING TIP NO. 2

GO BIG, OR GO HOME

THINK ABOUT ENLARGING YOUR PHOTO (THIS CAN GO FOR TEMPLATES, OR OTHERWISE). BECAUSE THE PHOTO IS MOST LIKELY THE STAR OF YOUR LAYOUT ANYWAYS, WHY NOT ENLARGE IT AND LET IT SHINE! MY PHOTO FOR THIS LAYOUT TAKES UP THE ENTIRE PAGE (AND IS SIMPLY EMBELLISHED OR DELETED FROM CERTAIN AREAS TO KEEP THINGS INTERESTING). ALSO, WHEN DOING THIS TECHNIQUE, IT'S NICE TO CHOOSE A PICTURE WITH A GOOD AMOUNT OF BLANK SPACE (LIKE MY COLORED SKY) SO YOU HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM TO JOURNAL + TITLE, RIGHT IN LINE WITH YOUR IMAGE! 

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR


TIME SAVING TIP NO. 3

REPETITION IS KEY

ONCE YOU FIND ELEMENTS THAT WORK WITH YOUR SPREAD, REPEAT THEM! REPEATING ELEMENTS WILL HELP CREATE VISUAL BALANCE THROUGHOUT YOUR LAYOUT AND WILL HELP TO EMBELLISH WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM YOUR LOVELY IMAGE! HERE, I'VE REPEATED THE 'JUNE' BRUSH SCRIPT FROM PAISLEE PRESS BY SIMPLY CLIPPING THE 6" X 8" PAPER OVER A VARIETY OF MY DIAMOND SHAPES, AND EVEN MIXING IT IN OVER MY SKY SO THE LAYOUT BECOMES CONNECTED THROUGHOUT. GIVE IT A TRY!

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR

USING A TEMPLATE TO TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT | THE PAPER CURATOR


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THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY! I HOPE YOU'LL DIVE INTO SOME SCRAPPING THIS WEEKEND WITH THESE TIME SAVING TIPS AT HAND. LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS BELOW!