Creating a strong theme is important to telling the full story on your scrapbook page. One of the easiest ways to reinforce a page's theme is to embellish your page with themed shapes, such as balloons on a birthday page or a sandcastle on a beach page. Using themed shapes will make your story jump off the page at just a glance while solidifying your page theme. Whether you hand-cut the shapes, use a die cutting machine or use premade shapes you're sure to love how much stronger they make your pages! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Use a large shape as Suzy Plantamura did to reinforce your next page's theme. Suzy's puddle and water droplets do a great job of solidifying her page theme.
Puddle Jumper by Suzy Plantamura, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 60.
Something as simple as an arrow can reinforce the idea of movement or constant motion, as they do on Mandy Douglass' page about her son riding his bike.
Ready, Set, Go by Mandy Douglass, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 58.
Try using several shapes to reinforce your theme as I did on my Easter Sunday Soccer layout. The clouds, sun and grass all add to the outdoor theme of my photos. The Easter eggs reinforce the Easter theme and the "Win it" flag ties in with the soccer game being played. All of these shapes work together to create a stronger page than it would be without them.
Easter Sunday Soccer by Cindy Tobey, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 46.
There are limitless possibilities to the variety of shapes you can use to reinforce your page themes. I challenge you to give themed shapes a try!
-Cindy Tobey, Contributing Writer
In the next 60 minutes, complete a layout with shapes emphasizing your theme. By participating, you'll use up your stash, complete a project, or even have the chance to a wonderful prize from Glitz Designs.
You have 60 minutes to complete the project. At the end of the 60 minutes, photograph or scan your project, and upload the image to the Club CK gallery (learn how to upload your project here). Then leave a comment below with the URL link to your page by 11:15 a.m. MDT today. For example, your comment could look like this: "My page is posted here: http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/media/p/31086.aspx." One winner will be randomly selected who participates in the live challenge.
Note: If you're new to Club CK, you'll need to create a free account here in order to be able to upload your project. I suggest registering now so your account will be active by the time you complete your project.
If you couldn't join us for the live challenge, you can still enter to win! The second prize will be awarded to one randomly selected person who leaves the URL link to his or her page in the comments section below by 9:00 a.m MDT, Monday, April 4. The winners will be announced at the bottom of this article.
Congrats to Erin Blegen who was our first randomly selected winner. To claim your prize, look for a conversation in your conversations on your profile page.
Congrats to Kirsten who was the randomly selected winner. To claim your prize, look for a conversation from Erika H in the My Conversations section of your My Profile page.