Thursday, April 5, 2012
Simple Pages and lots of Photos
About a year ago, I posted some scrapbook pages that I was making with a friend who was doing a single album for each of her grown children. The pages are full of photos and there are just a few accents and embellishments - mostly titles. That post can be found HERE. This style of scrapbooking does not seem to be in fashion, most of the layouts you see in magazines have only one or two photos and lots of embellishments.
When I asked last year, a lot of you said you also liked to scrapbook with lots of photos on the pages. I think of it as "paving the page" with the photos and letting them tell the story, with a bit of journaling to jog the memory!
I was looking for some photos that I took almost four years ago in New York City. I was there with some friends for the weekend and all of the tulips were in bloom (I have more photos of the tulips to share another day - I got a bit off track in my idea about what I'd post today).
I couldn't quite remember the date of our trip and, as I looked for those photos, I came across photos of some layouts I did for a "fast scrap" challenge. The goal was to complete 10 pages in a day - in as few hours as possible. These pages were done within a few months after I started my blog and I posted them only on the old cricut messageboard. I wanted to add them to the blog - even though they are four years late!
When we were living in England, we took a trip over to the Netherlands to see the tulips. My husband's parents came along on the trip. I worked with the actual printed photos and did not scan and adjust them to exact sizes - I had to crop my way through the pile!
It took a little courage to post these - I am not sure that I would do everything just the same - but I thought you might like to see them.
I remember welding the "windmill" title and thinking about it as "windblown" but now I'll probably go back and make it more legible!
The photo of our younger son smelling the red and yellow tulips in his green rain slicker is a favorite - I love the bright colors and the way he is leaning into the flowers.
The photos of the layouts are a little off center - I have learned a lot about taking photos of my work since these were done. I could pull out the pages and take new photos but I think you can see the basic idea of simple and story/photo focused.
One of the most amusing things I remember from the trip was the gigantic wooden shoes at every tourist attraction. We had a lot of fun taking "shoe pictures?"
I don't think I ever went back and added the journaling - so I'll have to do that soon. I did plan to get more scrapbooking done this year, unfortunately, I haven't been able to set aside the time. I got involved with die cutting machines to help me do scrapbooks and I seem to do everything but work on the books!
Are any of you in the same boat? Is anyone interested in taking on a "get it scrapped" challenge? I know that I have a hard time deciding between traditional and digital. I enjoy the digital process, but I also like to get paper in my hands!
I'll think about a way to set this up over the weekend - please leave a comment if you have any ideas for the structure or just to tell me that you'd like to get some of your older photos on pages and in albums!
I have to keep reminding myself - "finished is better than perfect!"
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