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Clean and Simple – Life Pages Spread

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Hello Gossamer Blue fans, Melanie here today to share another Life Pages spread. I find that my Life Pages spreads have evolved throughout the years, some key elements that are now part of my design process are crisp white cards, pictures that are light and airy, minimal accents that still make a bold statement.

Since I’ve been creating spreads for many years I have learned what type of design that makes me happy and that I love to see in my albums. I have therefore embraced the fact that my pages have evolved to a clean and simple design, which I would never thought would happen as my work is always product driven, I love to layer embellishments and create clusters.

I guess like all good fashion trends I have moved on to the next one that makes me happy. This is not to say that the other design styles are not in fashion, not at all, this simply means that I now create and design pages that reflect my style and make me happy. It’s all about creating an authentic design that you can relate to.

If you love mixed media and only black and white pictures, then go for it! Design, just like fashion, is a personal choice, we should never feel that we have to conform to follow “what’s in”, this is never the solution to creativity!

As I said my style has evolved to clean and simple, but with that being said… I still love to incorporate accent cards that have bold statements, such as the “currently” card. I find that these cards rarely require an embellishment because the statement on the card is enough, adding elements could have a counterproductive effect and create a cluttered card.

However, I did feel that the “currently” card could benefit from an arrow, the design of the arrow is long and thin, therefore it doesn’t clutter the accent card, it simply leads the eye to the journaling.

Another favorite clean and simple design trick is to incorporate journaling directly on the picture, this is the ideal solution for using white space in a creative way. I find this design technique often reminds me of a magazine layout, almost like an advertisement, where the content is placed directly on a picture. For a bit of color, I added a chipboard element placed at the top of the picture.

Ok, I’ll admit it, I had to create a small cluster of die cuts, but to do so I used a white accent card and pastel color die cuts, keeping with the light and airy design. Even though multiple items are layered on this card, the end product is still a light vignette, ideal for a date marker.

Finally, the heavy journaling is paired with a wood accent. I could have certainly left the card as is with only the journaling, but the wood veneer’s simple design didn’t overwhelm the card, it simply directs the eye to the journaling and complements the picture of my sleeping daughter.

As you can see my spread does have a clean and simple design but still has some fun accents that adds personality to my spread. Finding your style is not always easy and can change throughout the years (as mine did), but in the end it’s all about creating spreads that make you happy, regardless of the trends.

Happy crafting friends!

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