The design is quite simple - it's two 5" x 7" blocks and a 4" x 12" strip. I substituted photos for the 5" x 7" blocks, in one case using two photos together to make a block.
But putting those basic elements in place left me with a lot of white space. Sometimes I don't mind white space - it is the easiest way to a clean and simple effect, after all! But on this layout it was bugging me. I wanted to fill it, but without making the layout too busy. How?
When we think of background stamps, we usually think of a large rectangular stamp with an all-over repeating pattern like dots, stripes, or similar design. But, despite its odd shape, this large Hero Arts map stamp is part of their background stamp line.
Stamped in the upper left hand corner, the map stamp served two purposes. First, it somewhat filled the major area of white space on that quadrant of the layout. And then it also served as a grounding element so that the journaling ticket didn't look like it was floating in space. It also provided a visual frame for the phrase stickers.
You might be wondering why I pushed the map and the ticket to the left, away from the large photo of the Lincoln memorial? Well, there's an open area between the Lincoln photo and the Washington Monument photo. That area was already contained on three sides by the photos and the patterned paper block. If I pushed the journaling ticket and map to the right, against the Lincoln photo, that area of space would be surrounded on all four sides. This is known as "trapped white space" and is visually disturbing to the eye. Laid out the way I made the design, there is a channel against the side of the Lincoln photo for that space to flow out of.
Even after the letter stickers were in place, there was too much white space on this part of the layout for my eye. So I used the map background stamp again to fill it in a bit, letting the stamp flow off of the bottom of the layout.
The stamps, phrase stickers, and alphabet create a nice diagonal line of black that leads the eye across the layout. I didn't notice this until after I was done, but it explains why this design of these elements felt "right" to me when I was creating and moving things around.
- Tim Holtz idea-ology Seasonal Paper Pad
- American Crafts Thickers Alphabet Stickers - Marquis Black
- Colorbox Pigment Ink Pad in Black
- Hero Arts US Map Background stamp
- Tim Holtz Small Talk "Occasions" Stickers
- Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets
- Sakura Pitt Artist Pen - S Black
- Jennifer Priest's Scrap Free Scrapbooking ebook
What creative ideas do you use to fill white space on your layouts?