By Jennifer Gormly
Colour Blocking is known
for its clean, simple lines. It's a great technique
for using up those bits of scrap papers you
have lying around. The following page was quick
to assemble and employs the colour blocking
A large number of colour
blocking templates are available, but you can
use this technique without them. Begin by choosing
your photos, cropping them to size and matting
them. I decided to use a single photo which
I cropped and then framed.
|I then selected my papers.
As this is a Christmas layout, I chose red cardstock
for my background and scraps of various green
Christmas papers I had leftover from other projects.
The arrangement of this layout was entirely
governed by the size and shape of these scraps.
I selected the paper for
the top left corner and cut out a rectangle.
Again, the size and shape of this rectangle
was governed by the size of the scraps I had
to work with. Once I had my first piece in place,
I simply worked clockwise around the page cutting
rectangles to fit the spaces as I went.
I also cut a thin rectangle
of one of the patterned papers to go directly
under my photo. On this I placed a smaller rectangle
of white cardstock with torn edges for my title.
I finished off the page by placing
a small holly accent cut from one of my papers in
the bottom right corner of my photo. I also added
Suzy's Zoo Tillamook Christmas Mouse stickers
to the bottom right rectangle of my page.
|This is one of the simplest
ways to employ colour blocking. When you are
comfortable with the technique, try including
more photos and embellishing your patterned
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