Use white cardstock as a blank canvas for a layout

Welcome to today’s blog post with me,  Jowilna. I love working on white for my layout backgrounds.
Some people find it boring and intimidating – for me its a blank canvas of opportunity.

I can literally do anything on the background including techniques and stamping
without making my layout too cluttered and busy, or losing focus of the photos and the story that I want to tell.

Secrets of white:
Add interest to the background using ink splats, stamping, stenciling and techniques.
White makes your photos stand out more.
A Blank canvas can be dressed up without looking cluttered with your patterned papers, collectibles and die-cuts.
In design, White space lets your eye rest while it moves on to the next interesting part of your layout.
Not all white or empty space is a bad thing.
White is the perfect neutral colour that will complement difficult photos and papers without competing with them.
It lets you do lots of technique on it without competing for attention.
You can colour white to match your papers and elements perfectly with inks and mists.

From the Soft Pastel page cut out the large flower from the centre of the page.

Cut out 2 large flowers from the Blue Blush floral sheet as well.

Die-cut 11 x leaves from the Navy Night sheet of paper using your DIY Cuts machine.

Matt your photos onto navy cardstock. Adhere the large photo on the right-hand side first 6cm from the bottom edge.

The photo on the right measures 21x15cm (8 ¼ x5 ½”).

Now adhere the large cut out flower on the left-hand side of your layout overlapping onto the photo on the right-hand side.

Then adhere the photo on the left-hand side.
The photo on the left measure 11x15cm (4 ½ x5 ½”).

Gather your collectables and sticker book.

Create your clusters on the left and right-hand side of your photos using collectibles and die-cut leaves.

Layer the elements using foam tape to create dimension.

Use your Kaisermists to add splats onto the background.

Remember to cover up your photos to avoid getting ink splats onto them.

Leave the splats to dry.

Add Curious to the layout.

From your sticker book add the word ‘breathe’ as your title.

Combine it with other sticker words and collectibles elements.

At the bottom of your layout, tear a piece of navy-blue paper from the Paper Pad.

Adhere the torn piece of paper flush with the bottom edge of your layout on the right-hand side using craft glue.

Layer a sticker sentiment over the torn piece of paper from your sticker book.

Add more collectible elements and layer a flower with some thread for interest and texture.

Finish off your layout with diamante and journaling.

The white background offers a nice clean canvas for you to create beautiful layered clusters, ink splats and techniques.

Layer cut out flowers, die-cut leaves and collectibles to create a visual cluster on your white background with loads of impact.

Thanks for visiting – I hope you can see the value of working on a blank canvas/white background
– you can do anything without cluttering your layout and losing focus of the story and photos.

You can download the instructions for this layout HERE
Until next time – happy crafting!
Kaisercraft Products used:

PAPERS: BREATHE Collection: P2703 | Soft Pastel, P2704 Blue Blush, P2705 | Navy Night,
KC PRODUCTS: SK803 | Sticker Book, CT956 | Collectables, CR203 | Curios, KM129 | Navy KaiserMist, PP1063 | Paper Pad

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