Friday, October 12, 2012

PPC#88: Is There an Echo in This Post?

Hi folks! Angela Fehr here and I'm all geared up to show you one of my favourite design tips. This is the one that literally ties everything together, and I like to call it the echo effect.
You see, I believe a project needs to be unified and the best way to do this is through good editing. We paper crafters have heaps of wonderful papers, embellishments, stamps and ribbons, and we're constantly learning new techniques we just have to try. This is all good, but sometimes the temptation is to pour it all on one project. How to know what to use, and what to leave out? Let your project tell you and then refuse to add anything that doesn't echo your main design.
Try to keep unity in colour and shape, and your project will have a finished feel.

For this layout about me and my son, I wanted a masculine, yet fun, feel, and I started with papers from Simple Stories AwesoME line. I have the collection kit so I used the matching stickers freely - this makes it easy to keep echoing the same colours across the page.

In addition to maintaining colour unity, I took my cue from the distressed feel of the papers and used distressed and vintage elements for my embellishments. I distressed and inked the edges of my papers, tearing and folding some edges. Cork letters are natural and rustic, so they made a great title. Staples, bottle caps and brads are all metal and industrial feeling. I avoided anything that looked too polished or soft. Because of the gears on the page, I used circles as a secondary element - the bottle caps and brads I used are all circular, and they bounce across the page to draw your eye through the layout.
Of course, using echoing in a project can take you in so many different directions. Try to stay true to what your project's mood and style is, and you'll end up with a unified design every time.
Allison used colour and shape as her echo elements in this sunny card.
Nina's balloon strings lead the eye right through the card, to the sentiment and back again. 
Jessi's sign creates a scene with repeated elements and a summery colour scheme.
And Merlie's sweet bedtime card is all about the cute and some peekaboo glitter!

Now it's your turn! Use repeated elements to create unity in your papercraft project, and share it with us to win a cool prize just in time for Halloween; Lost & Found Halloween paper, chipboard & die cuts! Here's the rules:
How to play:
1.  Everyone is invited to play! There are no requirements or restrictions on what products you can use to create your challenge entry.

2.  You have until noon on Thursday October 18 to link your entries for this challenge below.

3.  Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, not a general link. We reserve the right to remove invalid links. If you're uploading to a public forum, then use the keyword PPC88 so we can find you!

4.  Please fill in your name (not the name of your card or the name of the challenge) as the caption/label within the linky tool.

And last but not least... a big CONGRATULATIONS to Ruza Rebel the winner of last week's challenge! Please email Pam at and she'll get back to you with the details for your prize, and for how you can play along with us in a future challenge.