Saturday, September 6, 2014

What's For Dinner? A Potluck Layout ...

This layout reminds me of a potluck dinner - you know, a gathering where each person brings a dish to share and you end up with a rather eclectic plate of food … potato salad, teriyaki noodles, tuna casserole … but somehow it still tastes delicious and you end up going back for seconds.

My layout is a potluck because it features bits and pieces from a bunch of different collections … there's sequins and wood veneer, utensils and music notes, arrows and speech bubbles. There are at least 8 manufacturers featured on this layout including Basic Grey, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Carta Bella, Studio Calico, Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn and Evalicious. Talk about mixing and matching!

I  really love how this layout turned out and thought I'd share a few tips on how to create a cohesive design when using a variety of products and manufacturers.

Tip #1 ~ Work on a relatively neutral background. To avoid having a layout that looks really "busy" pick a solid color for your background or a paper with a subtle design like graphs or stripes. You'll be adding lots of color with your papers and embellishments, so stick with a simple background to avoid stimulation overload.

Tip #2 ~ Create a visual triangle of three matching items to pull the page together. If you look at my layout above, you'll see that I have three red elements - the label that says July, the round tab with the utensils and the speech bubble journaling tag. I did this intentionally to draw the eye in toward the photos and create a sense of unity on the page.

Tip #3 ~ Don't be afraid to play around and experiment. Take some time to play around with your papers and try mixing and matching different elements … you'll never know what works well together if you don't take risks and try something new.

Have fun! Be sure to link up your mix 'n match creations over on the Counterfeit Kit Mister Linky!


  1. Love your layout and your tips are so useful and so right.

  2. What a helpful post! Love the LO and the busyness of it all

  3. Love the little fork & knife embelli!
    The background paper makes me want to fill in the notes... :D

  4. What a fantastic page. LOVE how you designed it and the products you used!!

  5. What a fun cute layout I can relate to this type of scrapping seems to be the way to go with a counterfeit kit

  6. Great page and those tips are spot on too.


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