Creating pages with the details

Hi everyone,

One of my recent pages for Get It Scrapped was to create a page using a photograph capturing the details.  You can capture details in two ways in photographs:

1. By getting close and filling the frame of the camera with your subject – that could be a beautiful flower, a birthday cake or the face of the person you are photographing.

2. By stepping back and capturing the details in the background.  I for one confess that I often get closer to crop out distracting items in the background of my photographs (i.e like the washing folded up on my couch behind where my kids are playing) but I do try to remember to step back as it does give the scene of our lives and captures the environment that we are in.

For my layout,  I chose a photograph of our dog Lottie that I took as I greeted her at the back door after I had been out for a while.  For people who have had puppies or young dogs they will probably have had a similar experience.  Whilst you are out the puppy decades to create their own fun and reeks havoc on the surroundings.  In this photograph you can see her looking up at me, but also the foam that she has chewed, the handle of a dust pan that she has chewed, my husband’s shoe, a bucket and her bed which she has been playing with it.

To support the details in the story I chose papers that were dog themed with subtle text so the viewer can see it but does need to look harder to read the words, drawing them into my page.  I used only the one photograph and made sure it was prominent on the page, leaving white space around it, arrows to point to it and journalling nestled beside it.  The title means the viewer wants to see what ‘This’ is and encourages them to look closely at the photograph. The red heart is eye catching and draws attention to Lottie’s face.

For more ideas and examples of storytelling with details in the photographs and the layout head over to the Get It Scrapped article here

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Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park – Bark Collection; Cardstock: Bazzill; Stickers: Echo Park, Simple Stories; Alphas: October Afternoon; Jillybean Soup; Chipboard: October Afternoon; Washi Tape: Kaisercraft, Pen: Artline

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Geometric fonts and Playing with Scale

Hi everyone,

Here is my post about the scrapbook pages that I created for Get It Scrapped. The first one is about using geometric fonts on your scrapbook pages.  The page I created was documenting my son learning to ride a bike without training wheels.  I used quite a simple composition with an interesting background page and used the colours in photograph for inspiration.  I used the geometric font because it reminded me of the spokes of the wheels and so supported my story.  Geometric fonts can provide a lot of interest to your page and suit some topics of scrapbooking.  I like to mix fonts in my titles so they are great for that technique. You can see lots of other ideas over on the Get It Scrapped blog here.

Bicycle

I, like many other scrapbookers love to take photographs.  Sometimes I like to play with scale in my photographs and this is one of my favourite photographs showing my two boys in amongst some tall trees.  I know that they won’t always be this little and so for me this is one way of capturing them the way they are right now.  For my page I took design inspiration from online photography galleries, and used a large photograph, neutral coloured patterned paper with neutral embellishments to make my photograph the dominant element on the layout.

The rest of the team had fun playing with scale, creating fun photographs with people in the foreground and then using those photographs on their pages.  Head on over to check them out.

scale in photographs

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

 

 

 

Cushion Repellant – Inspired by Home Decor

Hi Everyone,

Two posts within two days!  Today’s scrapbook page takes inspiration from home decor to mix textures.  I love using different textures on my page and as I like to use white frequently on my page, I often rely on texture to keep things interesting.  For this page though I have used lots of different textures inspired from my own home and home decor photographs.

I created a subway tile background using the Martha Stewart Score board, a ruler and silver artline pen.  It was quicker to create the background using the scoreboard than measuring and marking before ruling the lines.  I then used a mixture of burlap, faux glass beads, lace, velvet ribbon, threads, tulle, metal plastic and woodgrain alphas to echo the textures found on cushions, in lounge rooms and in kitchens.  The colours are inspired by the cushions found in our home, which fits well with the story of how the cushions from our couch are always on the floor – so often that I jokingly say that our couch is cushion repellant.  A simple colour scheme works well when using lots of textures.

For more inspiration and ideas about mixing textures inspired by home decor had over to the Get It Scrapped article here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

cushion repellant blog

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Pen: Sharpie; Burlap: Unknown; Alphas: American Crafts; Laves: Green Tara; Crystal pin; Maya Road; Metal Flowers: TIm Holz; Finnibair; Lace: Prima; Ephemera: Simple Stories

 

Recording Conversations on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hi everyone,

Today’s post shares an idea for recording conversation on your layouts.  Although my son likes school, he has had some struggles with missing me as he is now full time and has less time at home with me.  This page documents a series of conversations we had over the week.  This page makes me feel sad because I don’t like to think about him missing me and smile because it captures him just the way he is right now and I know that this phase will pass as he grow more confident.

Design wise vertical strips in the centre of the page create two separate sections on the page to hold our words and thoughts.  The different colours of text and varying size help to distinguish my son’s voice and my voice, giving emphasis to certain things he said.  I used the colour orange because it is his favourite colour and the blue and black because they work well with the orange.  Alpha stickers and strips of washi tape create a timeline and show the separate conversations.  I used a mix of fonts and sizes to create interest.  I took the photograph of the scrape on his knee as it is a part of the story for the week and I wanted a to include a photograph of him but didn’t want to distract from the words on the page.

This page is one of my favourites and I am feeling inspired to think of more stories and conversations I can capture.  For more ideas head over to the Get It Scrapped blog and the article here.

Tell me its not monday-2

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny; Washi tape: Unknown; Wooden shapes: Freckled Fawn; Alphas: Jillibean Soup; Simple Stories, Kaisercraft

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Tension and Textures

Hi everyone,

Today is a catch up for Get It Scrapped.  The first page focuses on creating tension and the illusion of a ticking clock.  For my page, I created a layout about my daughter, her growing up and wondering what work role she will have in the future.  I created tension by creating a shape with the blocks that build upwards across the page but has an unstable base; by leaving part of the title over the edge of the blocks and the question mark floating in space on the page.  For more ideas about creating the sense of a ticking clock check out the blog post here.

teacher lo

A Teacher Maybe ? by Kristy T | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Simple Stories, Echo Park; Alphas: American Crafts, Echo Park; Stickers: Simple Stories: Clip: Heid Swapp; Journalling Card: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: Unknown.

For my second page I created a layout that tells of the time when I suddenly run out the door in pursuit of the ice-cream van.  I have layered lots of drips of paint down the page to evoke the senses and give the viewer a visual picture of dripping ice-cream as that is a big part of the experience of ice cream cones.  I have used fluid acrylic instead of watercolours as the paint is a thicker texture, but it will still drip down the page.  I used a thicker paint (Dina Wakely) to create the splatters using a Tim Holtz stencil onto acetate and also just allowed the paint to dry on the my craft before glueing onto my page.  I can then place the splatters wherever I want to on the page.

For more ideas about making scrapbook pages that appeal to the senses check out the blog post here.

worth the

Worth the Chase by Kristy T| Supplies: Alphas: Websters Pages, American Crafts, Chipboard: October Afternoon; Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Distress Paints, Dina Wakely, Jo Sonya; Washi Tape: Echo Park; Stencil: Tim Holz layering stencil.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Mixing Patterned Papers

Hi everyone,

I love bright and colourful papers, especially when creating scrapbook layouts about my boys.  This page was created for the Get It Scrapped blog article about mixing patterned papers.

This page celebrates my my son at 5 years of age and the things that little boys often do.

I have used 3 different star papers on my page, plus two additional patterns. The tone on tone papers work well as the background layers.  The multicoloured paper with the larger stars provides additional colour inspiration for the layout and adds a base for embellishments but was only used in a small amount so it is not overwhelming.  The bright yellow and small star patterned paper provides the matting for the photo and was also used in a small amount due to the saturation of the colour yellow.

As usual, if you want to see more ideas for mixing patterned papers then head on over to Get It Scrapped.
The Best

Little Boys are the Best by Kristy T| Supplies: Patterned Papers : Echo Park; Stickers: Echo Park; Chipboard : WOW; Wood: Prima; Chipboard Stickers: October Afternoon; Alphas: Echo Park

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Using contrast on your scrapbook page

Hi everyone,

Today I am here sharing a page about my son’s love of minions and using the technique of contrast on your scrapbook page.  You don’t really get a more striking colour combination than black, white plus one other colour (on this page yellow).  On this page I used the yellow and the colour in the photograph, plus the size of the word Stu-art to focus the page on my title and the cute photograph.  The pops of yellow around the page move the eye and draw attention to the main parts of my page.

Over on the Get It Scrapped blog you can see a mix of paper and digital pages that also make use of contrast.  There is a mix of bold and also subtle examples with pretty backgrounds and even a great video too so head on over here.

Stu-art

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy