Whenever I'm involved in something, I always try to figure out what my strengths and weaknesses are. I think it is important to do this so that I can try to improve in whatever I am doing. I am constantly evaluating my parenting skills....that is for sure!
As a scrapbooker, there are things that I think I do alright with....I feel very comfortable designing a page, selecting the right photos for the page and of course blending. There are things that I am not very good at. Clustering elements would certainly be one of those things. A cluster is basically a group of products that bring interest to the page and help the viewer's eye move around the page.
I recently completed the page below, Sneaky. When I look at this page, I can see a cluster on the top left that includes a bunny, a word disc and a date tag. I also have a cluster on the left hand side that includes a leaf, flower, and twill. I don't know if this could be "technically" considered a cluster because it is only one element but I have a heart in the middle of the photo cluster. I believe that heart does what the other clusters accomplish, it makes your eye travel to that part of the page.
Well, recently a dear friend of mine Kayleigh started designing clusters for those of us who struggle in this area. Kayleigh is BRILLIANT at using products. I wish my mind worked like hers. Kayleigh's blog can be found here. Her cluster of elements can be found under the Studio DD area at Designer Digitals. You will also find some wonderful templates. She has another beautiful one coming out this weekened called Family Element Clusters. I used it on the page below. It made this page come together in no time....love it when that happens.
Here are some other clusters that are available....believe me they make life a whole lot easier.