Large and Small Elements in Your Designs

Large and Small Elements in Your Designs
Hello, friends! Create impact with your layouts by pairing large and small elements together! Combine large and small elements for titles, photos, and embellishments.

Jil Larson: Large and Small in a Notebook

I loved the challenge of working with large and small elements because it helped me approach notebook scrapbooking in a new way, shaking me out of my typical way of composing a spread. The first large element was a natural choice from the Wayfarer Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit¬†that wonderful set of large alphabet die-cuts. My title is "Exploring the Riverbank," and the last two words are typed on a label, tiny in contrast to the word "Exploring."   The anchor paper from the Wayfarer Classified: Memory Keeping Kit allowed me to evoke the river next to where I took the photos. Even though the water is not part of the pictures, it's there in my memories. The other large and small combination is evident in how I sized the photos. I love this shot of Hazel, and so I knew that would be large, but as I say in my journaling, I wanted to emphasize that we were exploring together, and so the photo of my feet next to my curious dog strikes that note without distracting from my focal-point photo.   While my handwritten journaling is dominant on the page, balancing the weight of the large photo, my embellishment collage is relatively small and contained, just above the small photo. The washi tape and two rub-ons from the Wayfarer Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit¬†are the larger elements in this cluster; the glitter dots are the smaller ones. I also applied speckle rub-ons over my label with the tiny part of the title to integrate it into the page, while the arrow rub-ons guide the viewer's eyes to the big photo of my smiling corgi on the right side of the spread. What I learned from this challenge: if you're aiming for impact on a notebook layout, go both large and small!    

Carol Weatherspoon: Large and Small in the Simple Dori

I had so much fun using large and small elements on my spread! I absolutely love the Wayfarer Collection, the colors just scream summer! When I was thinking about this spread the first thing that came to mind was the title. I used the puffy stickers from the Wayfarer Modern Memory Keeping Kit, one of my all-time favorite embellishments, for my small element, and the Beanstalk Alpha Stamp for the large element. I love mixing and matching those fonts, I think it looks so cool. After I added my photo I embellished with a couple of die cut pieces that look like luggage tags, one larger than the other. I also added a few enamel dots. Next, I added my journaling to finish up the left side of the spread. On the right side, I used that great card from the Wayfarer Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit which is a large and small element all by itself with the Summer Bucket List title. The cursive font looks fabulous! I typed up a few of my daughter's bucket list items and used all caps for the last item, Bake Cookies - her favorite! To finish up the page, I stamped the "smiles" sentiment from the Wayfarer Modern Memory Keeping Kit. It just finishes up that page perfectly. I also embellished with a few more enamel dots to make the spread cohesive. I enjoyed this challenge so much and this photo brings such a smile to my face because trust me, summer for this little girl started a month ago! So, the next time you need to add a little pizazz to your spread, go large and small, it really makes a great impact! In what ways do you incorporate large and small elements into your spreads? Share with us by tagging @cocoa_daisy on social media or posting to the Cocoa Daisy Fan Page. Make sure to visit our Pinterest page and the Cocoa Daisy YouTube Channel for more inspiration.


Rachel, Creative Team Blog Coordinator