A quick peek through any of my scrapbook albums and you'll see many of the pages feature circles. I love the motion and energy that circles add to a design, and they tend to be more dynamic than squares and rectangles. But this simple geometric shape can also be used to organize patterns and elements within your layout.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite circle pages that also happened to be my contribution to the Two Peas' Garden back in April. Our assignment was to create a monochromatic layout and since my assigned color was red, doing a layout about love (featuring a photo of Mike's brother and his bride) seemed an obvious choice.
I began by gathering all the red supplies I could find in my stash and quickly realized that the color red has many, many different shades. And when placed side-by-side, the various reds seemed chaotic and mismatched. So how to incorporate lots of different tones of red without it looking crazy? Circles, of course! By isolating each pattern within its own circle, and leaving wide white borders in between, I was able to use nine different papers on this page and still keep it clean and simple.
For several of my circles, I used the Hero Arts round calendar stamp, filling in the center with patterned paper and layered embellishments. For others, I fussy-cut circular portions from the papers (the pie graph and Oh Hello Love card).
I loved the contrast of the white background with the vibrant reds. But since my circles spill off the page on three sides, I felt they needed to be "contained" with a border. I used the red JBS Houndstooth paper tape to do just that. The red edge keeps the circles connected within a framework and ties the whole design together.
Though circles were my primary design shape, I also incorporated hearts, flowers, butterflies and squares into the mix. This variety keeps things interesting and causes the eye to stop throughout the page to take in the details.
So the next time you're stumped for a way to organize pattern and color on a page, try circles! They are a great way to get your design rolling (ba dum bah!)