Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge-Negative Space

I participate in challenges all the time online. I love them. They help to get my creativity flowing, and we could all use a little more of that couldn’t we? So, I am going to start hosting a weekly challenge for all who would like to participate! This is just a way to give everyone an idea for a layout using a new trick, or technique every week on those scrapbook pages. Check in every Wednesday for a new weekly challenge. Let’s get started!

This week, I’d like to focus on using negative space in your layout. So many times, we scrapbook with tons of papers, and ribbons, and embellishments that the photo or photos tend to get lost on the page. When you focus on having negative space in your layout, it will help to draw the eye to where it is supposed to be. The photograph! So the challenge this week, is to have at least 50% of your layout be negative space. This means, no photo, no embellishments, nothing in that space except the background paper for your layout! If you are finding this hard, try these tips for getting more negative space:

*Overlap the photographs and move them to one corner of the page. Or, if you like your photos in the middle, try overlapping them or cutting them down as much as possible so they are in a cluster in the middle of the page.

*Cluster your embellishments. Focusing on putting your embellishments all in one spot is a fun way to draw the eye to where you want it to be. I love to put maybe 3 different flowers on one corner of the photo rather than spreading them out across the page!

*Move everything off to one side. So many times, we try keeping everything perfectly symmetrical, but it’s OK to have the photo somewhere other than in the center of the page.

*Keep it simple. The easiest way to get that look of negative space in your layout is to just simply use less stuff. Try creating a layout with half the embellishments you would normally use, and see if you can accomplish your goal that way.

The purpose of these challenges are to encourage you to do something different. To think outside the box. So, good luck with adding negative space to your layout!

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at