There is no doubt about it…great pictures make great scrapbook pages. But what if you have mediocre pictures, like the only picture in existence of my son’s pre-school graduation? Then the designing process definitely becomes a challenge, such as in this situation, where I wanted to couple this print with another mediocre picture. (Hey…It’s tough to get a great picture when you are seated several rows away from the action!) In addition, there is very little to unify the two pictures, which were taken fourteen years apart. However, I was bound and determined to use both prints on the same page. So in today’s discussion, I would like to share the rationales behind my design decisions.
- First I selected a neutral colored card stock as my background paper, as I wanted the focus to be on the subject of the pictures. I love all of the Designer Series Paper, but since I was working with two diverse photos, the safest bet was to select something small and neutral.
- One of my major goals was to create cohesiveness between the two prints. One way that I accomplished this was by printing the pictures the same size and matting them identically. This automatically created similarity.
- I wanted the matted pictures to “pop” off the page and catch the eye, so as the final matting layer, I used Chocolate Chip in contrast against the neutral background. Since very few colors were identical in the two pictures, I purposely steered away from trying to match matting colors to the photos. Instead I selected colors that were not predominant in either photo. This way, one picture was not emphasized more than the other.
- For my journaling block I selected the LD Quick Note font, and printed it on Very Vanilla. I highlighted the words “Graduation” and “2008” by printing them in a color to compliment “Always Artichoke”, which was used as the mat for the journaling block.
- Because this was a school related event, I elected to punch the top border with the Spiral Punch to simulate a spiral notebook.
- Instead of adhering the pictures side-by-side, which would accentuate their differences, I staggered them on the page.
- To connect and ground the journaling block and pictures, I created a badge by stamping the “G” from the Great Grad set in Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla card stock. I punched this out using the 1-3/4” Circle Punch, and then layered it as follows: Always Artichoke scalloped circle, Barely Banana circle, Chocolate Chip scalloped circle, Always Artichoke scalloped circle. I kept adding layers to build this up to the size I needed in order to have it touch both pictures and the journaling block. As a plus, the selected colors unified the layout.
- Brown Paisley was used to form a small folder to hold a few extra smaller prints that I had of graduation which I did not want to feature on a separate layout. The punched Eyelet Border softened the straight lines of the rest of the layout and added visual interest.
- The sentiment, brads, and ribbon further embellished the layout, and kept it from appearing too Spartan.
When I look at my finished result, I am no longer distracted by two disjointed pictures. Instead, I am immediately drawn into the journaling and its story. If you have stories that you wish to tell through scrapbooking, you may want to join me as a demonstrator. Stampin’ Up! is currently offering you the opportunity to sign on as a demonstrator for only $75 with their Scrapbooking Starter Kit.
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Stamp Set: Great Grads
Ink: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip
Designer Paper: To the Nines;
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat, Eyelet Border Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Nestabilities Scallop Circles
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Brads
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