Over the past month or so, we’ve talked about “repurposing” some of our digital supplies to expand upon their potential use. In case you missed those posts:
For today’s tutorial, I will be working with Choose Joy, this week’s Round Robin collaboration between Manu Scraps and myself, SnickerdoodleDesigns. If you haven’t joined in the challenge, it’s not too late! Find the rules here.
Many designers include pre-made clusters in their Kits or Collections. These make creating a layout so simple and quick! It’s easy to place a cluster on a background paper, add some journaling, a photo, and be done. Often times, though, we might not want to reuse that same cluster, in the same way. Today let’s look at a few different ways to use clusters, and maximize their usage potential!
1. Typical use:
For the layout pictured below, I used a cluster created by Renee, a member of my creative team. I placed the cluster on background paper, clipped a photo of my grandson, Owen, to a Choose Joy Mask, added a Label from the kit, and typed the quote pictured. I was finished with this simple layout in under 5 minutes.
2. Adding other elements to a cluster:
By adding other elements to a premade cluster, we can “disguise” the fact that we are using the same cluster a second time. For this layout I added Manu’s Choose Joy Flower Frame. This very simple addition took just seconds. Adding other embellishments, whether just one or a dozen, is a great way to get more use out of clusters.
3. Add a frame to a cluster:
When you are adding other embellishments to a cluster, consider adding a frame too. In the cluster below, Renee added the cluster on top of a frame, and a border below the frame. She also added a newsprint branch and 2 small paper flowers to the cluster. This gave it an entirely different look!
4. Use clusters as corner embellishments.
In the layout below, the same cluster has been used in each corner, after being duplicated, flipped, and rotated.
5. Other ideas, as listed in previous tutorials (links posted at the top of this post, if you would like more complete details).
- Blend clusters into background paper
- Clip to tags or journaling card
- Tuck behind frames or other larger embellishments
- Use as a design element in a word art graphic
Experiment with your clusters to see which techniques work best for your particular needs!
Renee has allowed me to share her cluster with you. You can download it by clicking on the image below.
If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.
See you next week!
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