One of the easiest ways to keep your scrapbook pages clean and simple is to start with a clean and simple page framework. (I'm full of revolutionary ideas this Saturday, no?!?) And there's nothing simpler than a column. In architecture, the column serves as a structural piece of design, supporting the weight of other elements. In scrapbooking, it provides a linear space to hold your page elements - photos, title, journaling and all - and creates a quick and easy layout.
S U P P L I E S :
A column design will work vertically or horizontally, but on this page I lined things up from top to bottom. I started with a 4 x 6 photo and journaling card and added bands of patterned paper above and below to fill the space. On the bottom piece, I positioned my die-cut title which I stitched into place. On the top, I layered a die cut of stars over the patterned paper for added interest and texture.
Just because you are arranging things in a column doesn't mean you can't break out of the borders with a few elements. Here, I let some small tags hang over on the right, creating a staggered edge. I also scattered some acrylic stars and rhinestones around the column to help keep the eye moving through the whole design.
There are lots of variations you can add to this design to make it look different, too - using smaller, vertical photos...using a patchwork of papers instead or large bands...adding a scalloped or torn border to the sides...or using the white space on the right to hold a block of typed journaling. Just like architectural columns can be simple or ornate - it's the little details that will make each column page unique!
Enjoy your weekend (and GO BRONCOS!)