Hi there, friends! Today, we're going monochromatic!
There is no better way to start the year than with a clean slate, and that is pretty much the inspiration for this new spread.
A Monochromatic Scheme for a Clean and Simple Memory-Keeping Layout
I took advantage of the contrasting designs in the Sweater Pattern Builder Stencil set, and the Build-A-Garden: Blossoming Freesia kit for this spread. They both are versatile stencils that can help you customize your crafting project.
I just love how these simple designs can easily combine uniquely for a monochromatic, clean and simple memory-keeping layout.
We Begin With Color…
As the title of this blog post hinted, and as you may have noticed in the images of this spread, there is not an abundance of color. Since we're going monochromatic here, I focused on different tones of a single color family (the Dried Petals Fresh Dye Ink family) to bring my background to life.
I used the two lightest tones of the ink set (Crystal Pink and Mauve) to create the Sweater Pattern stenciled background, and Berrylicious Fresh Dye Ink to create the dotted pattern on white cardstock.
Bringing Interest With Layers
Even though I used different tones of a single color in this spread, I've also taken advantage of the two stencil designs to add a bit of impact.
I chose to create an illusion of layers on the background by adding a checkboard pattern. I cut 1.5-inch squares from the stenciled papers and adhered them to the page, alternating the patterns as I went down the page.
A little bit of heavy cardstock behind the dotted squares also gave the background a bit of dimension (not bulk), which adds spectacularly to the illusion of a layered design.
Keeping It Light and Airy
One of the keys to this layout is to give the page lots of negative space.
I started with a white canvas for this spread. The linearity of the stencil pieces kept the page simple and neat. The Build-A-Garden: Blossoming Freesia, however, was used as the embellishment for the page.
To keep the clean look, I just stamped them on white cardstock with Obsidian Pigment ink, with only a hint of color to the center and base of the flowers. This helped them stand out on the page without overwhelming the overall design and concept.
Adding a Shimmery Finishing Touch
To finish this spread, I used the Timeless Sentiments Die set to create the page title.
Once again, I used the Dried Petals Fresh Dye Ink set to bring the color to the shadow of the title. I cut the outline word from Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock, layering it on top of the colored shadow die cut. The texture and shimmer of the word “Hello” complemented the page amazingly.
As an additional embellishment, I sprinkled a few drops of Metallic Watercolor (using the same shade as the background) to bring it all together.
I have created a video showcasing a quick look at how this spread came together. You can watch the video here, or in HD on Altenew YouTube Channel:
I hope this inspires you to create your own monochromatic, clean and simple memory-keeping layout, or use this idea to create your next crafty project.