Lesson Two: Layering Elements and Decorative Clusters

Lesson Two: Layering Elements and Decorative Clusters
Welcome to Lesson Two! In this lesson, we will share techniques for layering and clusters. Let's start with Jennie!

Jennie McGarvey: Layering and Clusters in Classic Inserts

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Cluster-part-one.mp4"][/video]   [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/cluster-part-two-compressed.mp4"][/video]   [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/clusters-part-three.mp4"][/video]   Hello! I'm Jennie McGarvey and I am excited to talk to you today about clusters and layering in your memory planner. This is the most common way I add decorative elements to my projects and it is the easiest way to pull in a variety of colors and patterns.
The most important information I can give you is THREE. Yes, that is right, the number three.  This is the foundation for nearly everything I do in my memory planner and other paper crafting. Let's start with the visual triangle. The visual triangle is what it sounds like. Three clusters/decorative elements that serve as vertex of a triangle. Between each of those three elements, you could draw three lines to connect them [obviously, you wouldn't do that on the page, you would imagine it!] and that is your visual triangle.
You can see my visual triangle on this layout.  The first cluster is at the bottom on Monday, the second is at the top on Tuesday and the third is in the middle on Saturday.
  I like to start with a cluster that will set the tone of the project. I printed the class printables at 50% and you can see the card that says "It's A Good Day" on top.¬† But, let's start underneath.¬† I selected two patterned papers.¬† I wanted the first paper to be more organic and that is the floral pattern.¬† The second was to be more geometric and that is the pink polka dot.¬† I offset the patterns so that the polka dot is visible but only peeks out.¬† Then, I arranged the yellow quote on the top.¬† It stands out against the navy floral and really becomes a focal point. I could stop here, and that would be the three elements in my cluster [the background: pink polka dot, the anchor: the navy floral, and the accent: the yellow phrase].¬† Instead, I decided to build it up to five elements. Adding a couple of shaped embellishments makes the cluster more substantial and complex.
Now, let's check out the clusters on the left-hand side of the page.
For this one, I really wanted to focus on the stamp set from this class because I LOVE it.  Seriously, it's full of all of the perfect accents. The initial stamped cluster starts simple.  First, I create the background of the aqua circle.  Then, the anchor, the yellow box.  And finally, the accent, the YAY! I loved the way this came out and I hope to use it a lot more in the future. However, this cluster of three needed the tiniest bit more embellishing.  So, once again I add two more scattered embellishments [the +] to create a very simple cluster of five elements.
The last main cluster is a simple one that adheres to the three elements and the background, anchor, and accent ideal that I use in my creations. The punched yellow patterned paper serves as the background, the notebook die-cut as the anchor, and the green pencil as the accent.
Can you see how I've stuck to the yellow, pink, and navy as the main color palette for my clusters, as well?  Of course, I added in a couple of other colors as accents, but the main three are yellow, pink, and navy.  Just another way the number three comes into play with the clusters and layering.
As you can see starting with the number three is a very easy way to start with a meaningful design in your projects. Give the visual triangle and the background/anchor/accent idea a try in your next project and see if these ideas make your projects sing!
Wow, thanks for all the great ideas, Jennie! Up next we have Marsha.

Marsha Farris: Layering and Clusters in the Daisy Planner

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I am excited to be using the Daisy Planner for my memory planning this year. One of my favorite features of the planner is that it includes both vertical and horizontal layouts, allowing for variety from week to week. I went with the vertical layout for this project and kept the pages clean and simple, which fits my memory-keeping style.

For the spread I'm sharing today, I used the Afternoon Tea Modern Memory Keeping Kit, along with the Afternoon Tea Memory Keeping Sticker Kit and Memory Planner Class Stamp. The Modern Memory Keeping Kit is packed with patterned papers, a stamp set, and a variety of embellishments that work well for memory planning. Even the journal cards, traditionally used for pocket pages, can be trimmed or altered to include in the planner.

Some of my favorite techniques to use in my memory planner are layering and clusters because they add interest, texture, and dimension to the pages. I included three main embellishment clusters and lots of layering on the photos and journaling spots.

To begin the spread, I stamped the dates with the Modern Memory Keeping Kit stamp and gray ink. I love the bold font of this stamp set! I added the month with puffy alpha stickers from the kit and did some stamping with the Memory Planner Class stamp. Next, I added my photos roughly according to the date they were taken. I typed my journaling on the computer, printed it on white copy paper, and used a planner punch to trim it out. I had lots of photos and journaling this week, so I chose to make several flips. The flips were created using white copy paper to make the hinges, which reduces the bulk on the pages. Because the flips tend to pop up, I added die-cuts or stickers to the edges to hold them in place.

I loved the hexagons in this kit and used them as base elements for my embellishment clusters. I arranged them so they fit together with only a small space between each one. I also included phrase stickers from the Memory Keeping Sticker Kit in each cluster. Including the different types of embellishments- chipboard, puffy stickers, die cuts, and planner stickers- added interest to the pages.

The right side of the spread includes a double flip- flip up and flip-down element. This allowed space for an extra photo and journaling. I layered puffy stickers, planner stickers, and die cuts on the journaling spots and photos. This added interest and helped to balance the colors on the pages.

The final embellishment cluster included hexagon chipboard and puffy stickers layered with another phrase sticker. I also trimmed a die-cut border piece in half, so it spanned across both pages. Layering and creating clusters are great ways to add interest, texture, and dimension to memory planner pages. I hope you will give these techniques a try on your next memory planner layout!

So beautiful, don't you agree? Time to wrap up this lesson with one more project from me!

Rachel Newman: Layering and Clusters in a Heidi Swapp Insert

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_4024.MOV-2.mp4"][/video]   [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_4025.MOV-2.mp4"][/video]     Over the past few years, I have found my groove with a horizontal layout for memory planning. I like that each day acts as its own mini layout, much like the grid style of pocket pages. For each day, I typically have a photo, embellishment cluster, and journaling. In order to vary the look of these three daily parts, I stagger the placement of these elements so they do not compete with the days around them. For days with multiple, similar photos, I cluster these photos together to make it clear they are part of the same story.     For my embellishment clusters, I like to have an anchor, usually pattern paper with smaller embellishments on top like chipboard, puffy stickers, or die cuts. Another option is to embellish with repeated shapes, as I did for Thursday. I started with the hexagons, on the left and managed to find hexagons that fit perfectly in the white space!     When it comes to incorporating layers, I tend to avoid bulk in my planner but I like to layer elements over photos as titles, captions, or to signal something within the photo. On Monday, I used this technique with the "Daily Life" die-cut for the photo of my daily planner page.     Layering stickers together, especially the phrase stickers from the Memory Keeping Sticker Kit is a great way to add quick journaling to the page. On Friday, I used several stickers together to mark my haircut. I could have journaled about it, but the stickers really told the story for me and looked so cute together.     Saturday looked a little different from the rest of the week. I had lots of photos for this day and none for Sunday. I decided to use both days to document a hike my husband and I went on. I used the pocket card for the journaling spot and filled the white space above the card with the title and a cluster of smaller embellishments. There were a few awkward areas of white space, which can be fun filling in, like a puzzle! To the bottom, I stamped using the Class Stamp Set, included a die-cut, and incorporated the stickers scrap from Wednesday.   We hope you enjoyed this lesson! Next week, we'll dive into stamping, so grab your stamps and inks and we'll see you then! Back to Introduction Page