A Fresh Idea for Masculine Memory Keeping Layouts(With Video Tutorial!)

by nathalie

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Nathalie here with a new fresh idea for masculine memory keeping layouts featuring the newest Craft Your Life Project Kit: Zero Waste Flowery Pattern. I think we all are always looking at ideas for masculine touches for any project. This time, I am using the new kit as well as cool color palette to help me document a new story in my Family journal.

Let's take a look at the project.

@altenew_masculine memory Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousaI love how this layout came together with just a few simple ideas and a few Altenew products.

@altenew_masculine memory Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousaChoose A Color Palette

The first idea when building masculine memory keeping layouts is choosing a color palette for the entire page. Usually, we  tend to categorize cool tones as masculine, however the sky is the limit. However for this  particular layout, I am choosing a few new Fresh Dye Inks ( Silver Sage, Jade, Eucalyptus, Dew Drops, Galactic Stream, Forest Fern) that complement the color of the pictures.  This will help me to create some impact with color gradients and saturations.

@altenew_masculine memory Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousaSelect A Repetitive Design

For this page, I am using leaves as a way to tie my background, embellishment, and focal points together. I started with the new Craft Your Life Project Kit: Zero Waste Flowery Pattern  to create the background of the spread (I focused only on the leaf designs in the stencil), then finished my page with the Leaf Essentials Die as an embellishment.

@altenew_masculine memory Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousaPlay with Color Gradients and Saturation

Another idea for creating masculine memory keeping layouts is to play with the tones and saturation of your chosen color palette. As you can see, I am using softer tones of green to build my background. The leaf motif is still present in the background but in softer tones. In comparison, I am saturating the color when it comes to the embellishments. The contrast between the color gradients help with the cohesiveness of the page, and bring a more focus look to the spread.

@altenew_masculine memory Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousaAdd a Neutral Tone

For my masculine memory keeping layouts,  I tend to use a lot of black and white in them. Think of them as a way to neutralize the colors while helping to bring focus specific areas of the page. For this spread, I am using the Tiny Sentiments: Hello Die to and Craft Your Life Project Kit: Zero Waste Flowery Pattern to create the title and subtitles of the page. These help to add some space between all the color in the page, thus making them more vibrant and defined.

@altenew_masculine memory Keeping Layouts by Nathalie DeSousaI love how this turned out, and you can watch the spread come together in the following new episode of Inspired By A Card with Nathalie. You can watch it here or in HD in Altenew's YouTube channel.

Now that you know a bit more on how I created this masculine memory keeping layout, it is your turn to use some of the ideas to create a project of your own. What layouts do you have in mind? Please do share what you create with these ideas, we always love seeing what you create!

‘ Til next time!


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Maureen R August 7, 2023 - 11:46 AM

Awesome masculine LO!!!

Maureen August 8, 2023 - 6:22 PM

I don’t like how most of your presenters do not do videos. It’s less interesting to me & doesn’t show the specifics very well.


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