I’m going to name this tip “Do it Again”
I’m talking about any cluster type you want to create from clusters, decorative frames, borders etc. I had a very difficult time creating all of these. I would look at a kit and see all the elements I had-look at other designers I admired and their kits and say I have string, flowers, tags…”why can’t I do that?” And “How can I create different clusters for each and every kit I create?”
Simple answer is you don’t have to create a different cluster for each kit. I started creating clusters by copying other clusters. Find one you like-find a freebie someone is offering-check out my blog for one. Or find one in a kit you purchased and place it on a blank 12x12 page. Then take a kit you like and add the items from that kit on top of the cluster using it as a template, resize each item as you go. Don’t forget to shadow your elements for added realism.
Here are a few of my products you can use as a guide.
Now do it again-yes, re-create the cluster with another kit. I’ve discovered by doing this that because each kit is different, you will get a different cluster. Each and every frame, cluster, border does not have to be unique because the kit themselves are what will change the clusters.
Take a look at these kits- Magical Friendships, Best Friends Forever, Wizarding School & Wizarding School Stranded Wizards Bus
All of these kits are different in look and feel-each has similar items but all have different colors and elements. Using these kits I’ve created the same cluster-Do it Again. Once I’ve done this a number of times with different clusters, frames, borders I found I started to make my own changes-creating my own clusters. Think of any cluster item you purchase as a template-one you can copy over and over again. That’s what makes templates so popular-their versatility. So let a pre-made cluster, border or frame be your next template-and use it over and over again. After a while you’ll find you will be creating your own items-it just takes a bit of practice.
Hope you enjoy these freebies and find creating your own clusters a little easier in the future.