Summer School 2018: White Space

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

The idea of white space doesn’t refer to a primarily white card (though often, as is the case with today’s project, this is true) but rather, the idea of leaving a significant portion of your design open, free from embellishment, allowing your focal point to truly shine.

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Laurie Willison. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to get some fantastic tips from her about creating a card with white space.

You’ll see in Laurie’s video that she uses the rule of thirds to identify different options for placing her focal point — it’s a great technique for pinpointing where you’ll direct your viewer’s eyes, allowing the rest of the card to act as a “resting” place.

Handmade card from Laurie Willison featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on July 12. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, July 13.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!

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Comments (35)

  • Liz O

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    I wanted to stop by and say THANK YOU for all you share! It was really fun to get some inks and stamps out again after a very long hiatus. Your summer school program is fabulous and my favorite by far!! , I truly love the video lessons, the inspiration and the opportunity to win some MFT vouchers. I am still using the prompts to create more cards so the concept will stay fresh! Once again thanks for all you share!

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  • Mary Berry

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    Can’t wait for the new mini balloon shaker die to be available. I am so excited about it.

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  • Lynn Stenzel

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    OMG!! Love the new cards

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  • Georgiana

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    White space is always difficult for me, so thanks for the summer school lesson.

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  • Donna

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    Fabulous tutorial, I learned a lot from this one!

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  • Aileen

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    Now I know what people mean about dividing up the space on the front of the card so Im off to have my first go at a white card and looking at the placement. Thanks for the tips.

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  • Ishani

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    I am so happy to join in the class. Hope my card fetches good grades ;P

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  • Josmary flores

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    I never tend to do cards with lots of white space this is a great challenge for me. They look so pretty and most of the time are my favorite cards to look at.

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  • Melissa

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    Beautiful and elegant card! Love how you used the white space to showcase the butterflies!

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  • Betty

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    white space is me – love it – and your card is lovely, Laurie!

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  • Pamela

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    I’m always afraid to leave too much white space. Thinking my cards will be too plain. You made me realize that white space is good. You’ve changed my way of thinking.

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  • Cindyellen Robinson

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    I find my “white space” is often not white. Does that count? It’s often Kraft colored, or beige or black. I think it probably counts. . .

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  • Liz Ford

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    The rule of thirds is a great way to create cards and I often forget this simple technique when making my cards because I try and cover the entire card front panel. Thank you for showing us this as elegant option to try and make our cards more dramatic.

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  • Karthikha Uday

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    Wish I could participate in this summer school 🙁
    Such a beautiful CAS card!!

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  • Susan White

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    Great lesson. I often find it hard to leave white space on my cards.

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  • Angie

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    I love white space! Thanks so much for the fun challenge. Your card is stunning!!!

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  • Emily Henry

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    This is a hard technique for me. I love the look, but find myself struggling to keep it sinmple!

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  • Miesje Flach

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    I just uploaded my first card here since I just found your blog and this fun summer school. Your sample is beautiful. I hope I uploaded it right. I think my name was supposed to be on it. I am # 13.

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  • Teresa Osburn

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    I love the butterflies!

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  • Debbie P

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    Love your card.

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  • Terrie D.

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    What a gorgeous card! This is going to be a fun week of Summer School 🙂

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  • Gina MosleyBivens

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    How exciting!! I am new to card making and look forward to Summer School–I am already a YouTube subscriber

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  • Jill D

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    I’m already subscribed as well. Beautiful CAS card. This is fun. I love learning so very glad to be in Summer School.

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  • Lindarub

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    Follow on you tube.

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  • Andrea D. La Vigne

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    Glad Summer School is in session!!! One question, though. Do we have to use only MFT products, or is that not a requirement? 🙂 ~ Andrea

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  • terrie rodrigue

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    Looking forward to the Summer Class Week….
    I love to do Clean and Simple Cards and your card turned out awesome…tfs

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  • Martha R

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    What a fantastic idea of Summer School! Thank you, MFT!

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  • Connie

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    Love CAS style cards and this one is gorgeous!

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  • Julie S

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    Already a YouTube subscriber. Great CAS card!

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  • Sundaystamper

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    So glad that Summer School is in session! On these hot days it’s nice to have a reason to create in my air conditioned craft room.

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  • Anne Sturgeon

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    I follow Laurie and love her CAS style. These butterflies are so elegant looking…

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  • see mary stamp

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    Just subscribed to your You Tube Channel. Beautiful card.

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