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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”  – Confucius

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Boothe Luce

Keeping it simple and remembering less is more can be powerful in making a statement. This layout of a sunrise in Alaska is all about the breath-taking moment where no words could describe the awe-inspiring moment. I have used minimal amount of words and text to capture that speechless moment.


The layout included four different ways to include simple text. The first is using flairs with a word and another with the compass points. By just adding a themed word, it suggests where and why the photo was taken without saying it, like in this case the word ‘ahoy!’ is a nautical term so one could presume it could have been on a ship.


Another way is to use a simple phrase. I used the ‘Been There!’ arrow from the ephemera pack to emphasize where we had been.


Select alphas from the alphabet pack that are similar in color and style to create the main title. This creates interest as well as grounding the layout. The simple style of the alphas reiterates the simplicity of the message and title. The stitched lines draw one’s eyes to the simple phrase.


To add interest to the main title cut a word or phrase from gold foil paper on a digital die cut machine. Set an offset to the word or phrase and cut from a darker color paper. This creates a mat for the word or phrase. The outline creates depth and dimension as well as grounding the title. Alternatively the same word or phrase can be cut from gold foil paper and dark plain paper and adhered on top of each other with a slight offset to create a shadow effect.

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Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Making WavesSummer Sun