Hey there! Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be part of another Paper Crafts magazine Blog Hop today! We’re celebrating the release of the latest special issue to hit newsstands, Card Design Handbook. I have a lot of favorite issues from Paper Crafts over the years, but I have to say this is my absolute favorite to date. It really is a reference tool that you can look back at over and over for design principles, layout ideas plus loads of inspiration. The concept is genius, so you really must check it out. 🙂
The theme of today’s hop is “Good to Great.” So what we’re doing is taking a card with a design that is “good” and amping it up a notch using one of the design principles in Card Design Handbook. I chose the “Rule of Thirds” princple to show how dividing up elements on a card using an imaginary grid can help achieve a more focused design. First is my “good” card where I haven’t used the Rule of Thirds:
And here’s the card I created using the Rule of Thirds to better divide up the space:
And here are the two side by side. Both “work,” but the second card has more of a structure and focus. I used October Afternoon patterned paper and Paper Smooches stamps on these cards.
And what would a hop be without a prize at the end? Yep, one person from each designer’s blog will win a copy of Card Design Handbook! All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Tuesday, August 28th and I’ll choose a winner at random to get their own copy! In your comment, you can let me know what your favorite rule of design is or you can just say hi! 🙂 So get hoppin! From my blog, you’ll visit the lovely Julia Stainton. And in case you want to see all of the hop destinations here’s the order:
1. Chan Vuong
2. Kalyn Kepner (that’s me!)
8. Amy Wanford
9. Emily Branch
10. Vanessa Menhorn
Have an awesome weekend!