For this first challenge, I turned to Glitter Girl's Episode #86 that you can find here at 2peas. In this episode, Glitter Girl's challenge is to pay attention to design and make sure all the elements on a layout are cohesive.
This is what I came up with....
When I think of a design being cohesive I think of these things: color, motif, and repetition.
Color is my favorite element. The possibilities are endless. When it comes to color I do my best to match my products to the picture. Here I went off of the blue dress my daughter was wearing and matched it to Dear Lizzy's Lucky Charm--a line I have yet to tire of. Also, when choosing my colors, I try to take into account the overall mood of the photo or story I am trying to convey. In this photo Allora is very happy that she is climbing up the "big girl playset," so I chose to incorporate yellow because it is a happy, energetic color. My next choice, red, was a no brainer because it is a natural compliment to both blue and yellow.
When considering motif, I am looking at the overall "main idea" of the page. As I said previously, I really wanted to convey my daughter's happiness and joy and this is what I thought about as I looked though my stash. I ended up with some happy, butterfly stickers, a frame with the word "smile" on it, a "happy" diecut, a yellow flair button with the words "Hello Sunshine," and gold glitter Thickers. All these elements work together to make, in my opinion, a "happy" layout.
Finally, repetition. This to me, is the most technical of the bunch. Basically, take your elements and repeat them. Ha ha. Here I chose to repeat the chevron pattern three times. The color yellow is repeated in three differnent spots (think visual triangle), I have two butterflies, and my main colors are repeated throughout the layout.
So there you go, I completed a challenge that required me to really "think" through my own process and strive to make a cohesive design. Fun stuff :-).