Girl Blossomed – A layout borne of crop cross-training
|Story:||This is one of J’s senior pictures. The fact that she’s wearing a blouse of pretty blooms (bought for her by her very stylish mom), reminds me how much she has blossomed during high school.|
|Style:||Two types of scrapbook training came together here. |
(1) Concepts from Masterful Scrapbook Designs Photo Play e-magazine of several months back still swirl around in my head. Lately, I like playing with photos, especially if it is something easy I can do in Picasa, and it in some way helps tell my story. One of these I may learn more about Photoshop, and really play around.
On this layout, I filtered (that’s digi-talk for turned) the picture to black and white and placed that version at a tilt behind the main image, as though the plainer personality was falling away, as her current more vibrant one takes front and center.
(2) The first video in the Scrapbook Coach class on a cluster foundation was also very helpful. I like these quick 15 minute videos on putting a page together. I can’t wait to get to the next 3, each one becoming more involved or taking a new twist.
Anyway, Debbie Hodge started us out with 3 oblong narrow strips of patterned paper. I used much wider stripes than she did and placed them nearer the center of the page to accommodate 2 photos instead of one. The title work and a few embellishments are placed underneath. I added two other clusters to form a visual triangle and add balance. Sappy journaling (probably hidden) still to come.
While we are on the subject of black and white, here’s that version of the whole layout. As you can see, this is a great way to check for key design aspects like emphasis, contrast, balance, alignment, repetition and flow. For example, the bold solid color of the pink cardstock and the dark title elements of girl and ellipsis firmly support the dark rich colors of the photo.
|Stash:||This page was done primarily from this month’s counterfeit kit – A Tisket, A Tasket. The benefits and basics of using kits are mentioned in this month's Product Play ezine over at Get It Scrapped too. |
I substituted 2 Martha Stewart pink washi tapes, for the tad-bit-too-red one in my kit and used a Sassafras glitter alpha for the subtitle (I was once in love with these alphas, and have quite a little stockpile.) And the little heart chipboard was stuck to something else until it dropped onto my desk at a most opportune time.