Yesterday I wrote about Simple Scrapbooking and I touched on the minimalist style of scrapbook layouts. Where you leave a large part of your layout canvas empty.
This is called ‘white space’ or ‘negative space’ and is a technique used in advertising and magazine layouts. Basically it means that by leaving plenty of space around your focal subject, the viewer’s eye is not confused and is drawn automatically to your point of focus. It also means that the layout design is more restful to the eye as it is not darting about all over the page, trying to take in all that there is to see.
When this style started to be taken up by the scrapbooking world, I admired the scrapbook layouts that these minimalist scrapbookers were creating but I found it really difficult to do it myself.
It’s amazing how strongly a habit becomes ingrained. I felt I just couldn’t leave so much empty space on my layouts. I had to just pop a cluster of flowers there, or maybe some ribbon and brads.
It took quite a while before I could come to terms with the Less is More approach. But I have to say, I’m really glad that I persisted. And now it’s become one of my favourite scrapbook ideas.
In this Forever scrapbook layout you can see what I mean by Less is More. The elements for this layout are from the Scrap Girls Refresh Kit. I love the effect created by a single photo with just a small collage of embellishments in a corner and a title. And I can now happily deal with leaving all the rest of the layout canvas empty. Because I think the overall effect is stylish and easy to look at.
What do you think of the Less is More approach?
Have you tried it? Maybe is isn’t for everyone, after all how boring would it be if we all adopted the same scrapbooking style? There’d be no fun in looking through other people’s galleries.
And if you’re thinking of giving it a go, here’s a little tip. If you choose your background paper with an interesting design in it, it’s easier to cope with leaving so much of the space empty.
What are your thoughts?