Freebie Friday | Just Tip It. Sketch + Template

August 22, 2014

Lately I've been really inspired by angled designs.  This is something I had tried a handful of times in my 12x12 days, but when I became a letter-sized scrapbooker it is something I actively avoided for some reason or other.

But this month I decided to throw caution to the wind and play around with this high-energy technique in my 8.5 x 11 pages:

Be True by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Pixels and Company: Free Spirit 1 & 2 (FWP Collab) and August Challenge Template (Free).

It's About Time by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Sugarplum Paperie: This Is The Life and This Week: Saturday Collab (with Mari Koegelenberg); Mommyish Designs: Seek Happiness Collab (with Digital Scrapbook Ingredients); Creashens: Hello Add On Alpha. 

And I guess you could say I sort of fell in love! I became a huge fan of the visual punch a simple tip--one way or the other--added to my scrapbook page designs.

If you've never tried tipping your design, then you should definitely give it a go!  And I've got a few bits of advice for you below AND a free sketch + template to help you tip it.

Tips for Tippin' Your Scrapbook Pages

  • I find a 25-30 degree angle works great for letter-sized pages and square pages alike. And I've never personally been happy with a page that I've tipped more than 30 degrees in one direction or the other. But who am I to say it won't work for you ;)
  • You can always eyeball your angle--whether you are a paper scrapbooker or a digital scrapbooker. I will often do this to make my digital pages look a bit more realistic. 
  • However, if you like the angle of each object to be more precise there are simple tools available to both paper and digital scrapbookers to get things tipped just right.
  • Digital Scrapbookers can use the Rotate feature in their version of Photoshop, which is housed with the Transform tool.  This will allow you to set the angle of an individual layer or a group of selected layers that you wish to rotate.  

NOTE: Use positive numbers to tip your layer(s) to the right and negative numbers to tip to the left.  

  • And paper scrapbookers can get out their trusty protractor to help them consistently place page elements at a particular angle.
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  • When using a large angled mat I sometimes like to use a fair amount of perpendicular strips to soften the edges of the angle.
  • Also remember you DON'T HAVE TO place everything on an angle. Sometimes I like to keep journaling or other key elements as is to make them easier to read/see or simply because I like the visual contrast created.

Now its your turn...   

Try out a tipped design in your next page using the FREE sketches and templates available below, based on my "It's About Time" layout that I shared above. Both 12 x 12" and 8.5 x 11" formats are included so that fun can be had by all!

Tip It No. 1 - Sketches for Paper Scrapbookers

(available in pdf format for 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11) 

Tip It No. 1 - Templates for Digital Scrapbookers

(available in psd format for 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11) 

And for another chance to play with a free angled template, you can also join me over at Pixels and Company where I'm hosting the August Template Challenge.  There still a little over a week left, so come download this free template and play!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll enjoy playing around with the freebies!  I'd love to see what you create, so feel free to link me up to your pages in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. What a fun template & helpful tutorial, thank you!

  2. Amy, this template is awesome! Love the look of the blog too!!

  3. thanks. your templates are really cool.

  4. Thanks for you lovely comments ladies! I hope you'll enjoy the template, I sure had fun with this one :)


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