Sometimes when I'm starting a layout without a specific design in mind, that blank 12x12 canvas staring back at me is just too intimidating. And my creativity freezes up, forcing me to do - what else? Eat chocolate. And when I'm done, I return to my scrap table with a new approach - divide and conquer. And hope that the chocolate smears can be covered with a nice large scrap of patterned paper.
On this layout, I divided my page into two separate columns. The right side of the design (about 1/3) holds a vertical column of photos while the left side (about 2/3) contains my journaling, title, and lots of fun bits & pieces.
S U P P L I E S :
The different patterned papers on the background define my columns, and I lined up the elements in each area on the center axis between them. The one exception is the "love" tag, which breaks across the border and helps connect the two sections visually.
When I arranged the elements on the left, I tried to use a few white tags to coordinate with my white grid on the right. On the largest tag with my vellum title, I used a grid pattern that echoes the grid paper on the right.
Much like a grid helps me divide the page up into smaller canvases, this type of page division helps to organize the design and give me a home to place all the elements. So the next time you're stuck with where to begin, try the divide & conquer technique. And a little chocolate never hurts, either!