Creating in Color with Shannon Dombkowski

Hi there, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Shannon here, sharing a pocket page using the fabulous September kit and add-ons. I love that this kit has a definitive shift to autumn, but still works for my photos from early August. To put this page together, I chose my tags first so I could decide on my color palette for the page. Then, I looked at the rest of my kit + extras to see how I could add to those tags and make them unique.

Supplies | September 2021 KitSeptember 2021 Labels, Banner Stickers, Wood Veneer Banners, Thankful Stamp

The first thing that I decided to do was use a 4 x 6 inch tag as a 3 x 4 inch tag. The “thankful” sentiment was perfect for this photo of my daughter greeting my husband as he returned home from deployment. I had to pair them together! I wanted to pull a little more orange into the page so I cut a label from the September Labels in half for the bottom of the card.

The rainbow 3 x 4 inch tags are always my favorites in Elle’s Studio kits. I enjoy adding stickers or die cuts to them, particularly if I can achieve a tone-on-tone look. These three Banner Stickers really embraced the themes of the photos on my page and they also just happened to work really well in terms of colors and spacing on this tag. 

When I add items to my page, I always try to think about how I can achieve balance. I typically do this by keeping my eye on creating a visual triangle. I did this in two ways on this page. First, I arranged the three Wood Veneer Banners in a triangle around the page. Second, I arranged the Thankful Stamp sentiments on my photos in a triangle (plus one!). By spreading these similar items throughout my page I avoid the layout looking too “heavy” in one area.

Finally, I had to find a way to use the Thankful Stamp on my layout. I enjoy a bulleted list as journaling. It cuts right to the point and sums up for the viewer exactly what they’re looking at. While I do have more in-depth journaling on another tag on this layout, that mostly talks about my husband returning home, I took the opportunity here to list some details for all of my other photos on this layout.

I hope that I’ve inspired you to add your own personal touch to the great tags that are included in the September 2021 Kit! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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