Welcome to Week 2 in our Design Principles Readers Challenge. Each week we’ll be posting information about a different design concept, together with sketches from Becky Fleck at Pagemaps, and our design team, that work to demonstrate the concept. We’d love you to join in by creating your own layouts, either using the sketches OR creating your own design that showcases that week’s design principle. This week we are looking at rhythm and repetition in design.
Please email your pages or cards to us by next Tuesday 31 May to appear on our blog. Please try and use products supplied by Aussie Scrap Source brands (you’re quite spoiled for choice there!). Our favourite layout each week (as voted for by our design team) will win a prize pack of Aussie Scrap Source goodies!
Welcome to Week 2: Rhythm and Repetition
Repetition is exactly as it sounds, the repeating of one or more design elements to add consistency to a design. It can add visual interest and often reinforce an idea within your page. These elements can be as simple as the repetition of colour, the space between elements or a texture or shape. This repetition creates a rhythm and reassuring predictability to a design.
Sue had a wonderful time creating this page using the Becky Fleck sketch. Using a sketch takes all of the hard work out of designing a page! Sue stayed fairly true to the sketch which surprised her as usually her pages end up looking very different from what she begins with. The repetition of hearts on the page add a lovely softness to complement the photos of Sue's daughter, Lily. Sue has used Prima Fairy Belle papers and flowers to create her page and also added texture with the use of hessian and washi tape. The stitching, sequins and beads finished off the look Sue was trying to achieve.
Chris went for a repetitive pattern and colours on this card. She stamped the Heidi Swapp Foam Dot Stamp with the different coloured inks onto white cardstock then punch them out with a circle punch and alligned them in columns on the card. She then stamped the letters with the corresponding colours to create this very effective card.
June 2009 Cardmaps
Chris says that working with the Becky Fleck CardMaps sketch certainly makes creating easier. Becky had done all the hard work by putting together the design for this card and all Chris had to do was decide on some patterned paper, a sentiment and a little bit of embellishment! In keeping with the repetition theme Chris went for all the same pattern, polka dots and she also went for a repetitive sentiment.
The obvious repetitive design Chris used on this card is circles. There are also little repetitions within the circles, Chris has used triangle wedges, diamond patterns and semi circles.
Chris spotted these great examples of repetition design in the following two cards from Cecilia Hsieh. In this card Cecilia has used the repetitive pattern of the four panels of cardstock and she has also stamped the butterfly from the Antique flowers and butterflies stamp and frame cut set repetitively over the cardstock panels and as the main embellishment for the card.
In this next card by Cecilia we see more repetition in the design. Cecilia has again used repetitive panels and butterfly embellishments. 3 of everything on this card! Cecilia has used Basic Grey Picadilly pattern papers to create this well balanced, repetitive design. Thank you Cecilia for sharing your lovely creations with us.