The day-to-day school routine has been a bit stressful in my household this fall and I’ve been searching for some products to help make schoolwork more fun for my preteen daughter. And so I went to Pinterest. But instead of finding something for her, I found something for me! Funny how that happens sometimes, isn’t it?
This book cover is so bright and cheerful and after looking at it for a few minutes, I knew it would make a great layout design. I love the off-center sunburst, as well as the bright CD image on the right side. I also love the empty space left at the top and bottom – the white space creates a place for the eyes to rest after the brightness of the rest of the cover. And the large title spread across the page adds great balance to the design.
All supplies from Designer Digitals | Textured Cardstock: Simple Classics: Traveler Solids Paper Pack (grey background paper) and Far Away Fairyland Solids Paper Pack (blue paper) by Katie Pertiet. Aeronaut Worn Solids and Stripes Paper Pack (off-white paper) by Lynn Grieveson. Patterned Paper: Summer Bursts Paper Pack by Lynn Grieveson. Word Art: Date Night Brushes and Stamps (title) by Ali Edwards. Embellishments: Play Outside Clusters No. 01 (embellishment clusters) by Katie Pertiet. Readymade Circles: Happy No. 01 (scalloped edges) by Studio DoubleD.
I started this layout with a piece of distressed cardstock as the background. I knew I wanted a neutral background to mimic the inspiration piece and the grey cardstock coordinated nicely with the blues in the photo. I then cut out a section of patterned paper that mimicked the sunburst and placed that across the middle of the page. On top of that, I added a piece of textured blue cardstock with rounded corners. I allowed that paper to fall off the left edge of the layout to match the asymmetry of the book cover and added a red frame to the entire layout but allowed it to fall of the left side as well. I added another small piece of off-white cardstock beside the photo and placed my journaling and large title on top of it. The final touch was making sure that I brought in some bright colors and the embellishment clusters were the perfect find.
I love spending time on Pinterest and I always find something to inspire me. I hope that you are inspired by this design as I was. Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.