The prompt for the second day of the Layout a Day challenge was the dagger from the game "Clue." That may sound like an odd prompt but the subtitle was "take a stab at it" which opens up many more possibilities. Some people tried a new technique or made a page about a taking a chance on a new activity.
I ended up using a more literal approach since I had just come across some photos from many years ago when we lived in England. We took a weekend bus tour which included an evening banquet with some actors portraying the king, knights and members of the court. There was audience participation after dinner with a chance for our sons to try out some helmets and (dull) swords.
The photos had lots of extraneous details that I found distracting so I ended up scanning them. While I wouldn't want to try to scan all of our old photos, it is amazing what a difference it can make to have the editing abilities we now take for granted with digital photography.
I thought I'd show you the original scans and my edited versions. It is wonderful to be able to crop the images and clean up the distracting details in the background. On the top photo I actually made a mirror disappear because the flash reflection was the unintended focal point.
For the top photo, I couldn't eliminate the mirror easily but the flash reflection matched up with the plume on the helmet. I did crop and clone out the wall sconce in both photos.
Here is a screen shot of the basic layout of my page. This is a very typical way to fill a page with two vertical and two horizontal photos. I added mats and anchored the four photos on a red background layered on a grayish page (the color was sampled from the wall color in the restaurant).
To add more definition to the page I added more layers to the background, creating some thin black borders. If all of these layers were paper it would be a very thick page. I could add the black line with a pen in a paper page but there would still be three nearly full page layers plus the matted photos. Since I was working digitally, I could also easily try a lot of variations without cutting up all of my paper.
Here is another look at the finished page. It was fun to see how young our sons were at the time and remember our weekend trip.
While I really do enjoy working digitally, one of the hazards of digital scrapping is the ability to go back and redo your pages over and over again. Here is my second version of the page I did for the first day of the challenge. I like this page but it didn't fit the prompt of "white" as well as the one I posted for the challenge (posted below for easy comparison).
I have been keeping up with the challenge so far - five days done and 26 to go!
Do you do mostly digital, mostly paper or a mixture of both when you make pages? If you have never tried digital is it something you'd like to try or do you just prefer playing with paper?
I hope you had a great weekend. With the change in the weather I seem to have come done with some allergies so I am trying to fight off the watery eyes and stuffed up nose.
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