Wednesday, March 21, 2012

From the Top Down

I thought it would be kind of fun to show you how I create a layout from the top down. I created this layout using Lynn Grieveson's beautiful new kit called "April Morning" which will be on sale this Saturday at Designer Digitals.

When I am desiging a page, I always start with the photo and then build my page underneath it. Figuring out the design of my page is my favorite aspect of creating. I just love the challenge of it and trying to think of new ways to present my images. I always want the photos to be the most important aspect of the page and then I just build a backdrop to support that. This is where I started with this page. I knew that I wanted to use Lynn's new kit as my backdrop. I selected a white frame to make the photo come off of the paper a bit more.

Then I wanted to bring a little bit more color into the page which I accomplished with the second background paper as well as the second frame. I decided to use a torn edge to bring some ruggedness and texture to my page.

Then I added my cluster. I like to use clusters to give the page more interest as well as to help the eye move around the page. This cluster includes some floral brushwork, a flower, a bow and some leaves.

Then I added my titlework.

I really like to frame my is just part of my style. It feels more complete to me and it allows me to bring in more color. This is where I ended up with this page.

It is a very simple page. I have found that finding my "system" has really helped speed up my entire process. It is almost like reading the recipe card. I know that I start with the photo and then just add little bits to it until it seems finished. For some reason, I enjoy my approach on the computer a lot more than my approach in the kitchen!

A complete list of the products used on this page can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


  1. I love the way your mind works! I'm always looking for ways to pull in more papers, especially patterns from a kit.

  2. Jana - I love lurking on your blog! I learn so much from you. Thanks for this tutorial!!