Thursday, October 16, 2014

If you remember last week, my blog post was about getting your photos sorted and prepared for a scrapbook layout.  Now that that step is completed, it time to move on to the scrapbook layout design process. If you have ever arranged some flowers, painted a room or tried your hand at home decorating, you will find that those same basic design theories also apply to scrapbooking. They are focal point,  rule of odds, visual triangle, repetition and gradation. Lets take a closer look.

Focal Point
  A focal point is the place where the eye naturally goes on a  scrapbook page.
 Photo on left side of layout is an example of focal point.
  • Enlarge the Photo
  • Crop photos - the other photos on the page
  • Matt  photos- double,triple matt.
  • Portrait and Landscape pictures-  having options help create balanced pages
  • Close up- usually the strongest photo and makes a great focal point photo  

The Rule of Odds

  The rule of odds says our eyes tend to find it more natural and pleasing if things are arranged in odd numbers. Notice the photos(3) and embellishments on the layout above.
  • Photos- use a focal point photo plus odd number photos or a focal point photo plus an even  number of photos
  • Embellishments- select in groups of 3's, 5's or 7 's. 

 Visual Triangle
 A visual triangle is three connected things. Our brains seek out familiar shapes, like triangles, Having these shapes, allows our eyes to see the page as a whole.  In the above lyout it is the clusters of embellishments and photos.
 Repetition is using the same item on different places of the layout to make the page complete. This works well for 2 page layouts. Repetition by itself can become boring, but repetition with some variation looks like movement on a scrapbook page.  Here are some ways to use repetition in your layout.  In my example above, it is the red cardstock and patterned paper
Gradation is the gradual change in size and color. It creates movement helping the eyes to follow the changes across the page.  By combining repetition with gradation you will have a powerful design principle that can guide the viewer to the most important parts of your scrapbook pages. Again the example layout show this in the changes of size in the red cardstock and patterned paper on the right side and the gray and blue buttons on each page. The photos change in size too.

So there is it, some basic design theory to help you make an eye catching layout. As satisfying as this can be, I now do something different. Close To My Heart has  several  How To Books with layout templates, that fast track me through much of the design process. I so appreciate the help I get from them, and use them all the time. Contact me to order your own copy of  Reflections, Cherish, Imagine, Magic, or Make it from your Heart 1 and 2. You will not be sorry you did.
Thanks for reading ~ Michelle

Next time, Glue,Paper,Scissors - A scrapbookers Game

Friday, October 10, 2014

Scrapbook Photos

 In last weeks post, I wrote about some of the reasons you may be reluctant to scrapbook and the answers to those concerns. If you are reading this, I  suspect I have convinced you of the value and enjoyment of scrapbooking. Welcome aboard fellow Scrapbooker!
One of the main things you need to have to create a scrapbook is Photos. I would suspect like most people, they are on your cameras or phones at the moment. Lets bread this down into some doable steps and get those photos off our devices.

Upload, Download and Unload
  •  For Cameras, upload photos to a computer using a cable or the photo card.
  •  For Phones, install an app, (I use Dropbox) on your phone and computer to access your        photos.
  • (Optional)  Photo Editing Software- Install a program to crop, adjust colors, red eye, text on photos. Open up the program, and go through photos. ( I use Picassa as it's free and simple. After I save the editing I have done, I can share on Google +, or upload to a web album, print, upload to my photos or email) 
  • Upload to a photo processing center or if making a digital scrapbook,upload to that site. Here is a link to  Studio J Online  Scrapbooking  It is a superb program that lets you create high quality and custom printed layouts.
Sorting your photos
  • Sort your photos, into groups, chronological, events, holidays, seasons  or whichever way you will want  to organize your photo albums.
  • Take out duplicates,poor quality, or unnecessary photos. Use only the best photos, leave the rest. (It you want to save your discarded photos try  memory protector pocket pages for safe keeping)
  • Count how many pictures you have for each category, ie, 10 Christmas, 5 birthday, etc.
  • Label your photos with a sticky note or make a master list. List how many photos you have in each group. (This will help later on when you are picking out layouts ideas and designing your pages)
    To crop or not to crop (cut down pictures)
  • Crop -  anything that takes away or distracts from the main thing and is unimportant. Stay with common sizes like 3x5, 2x4 for rectangles, for squares, 5x5, 4x4, 3x3, 2x2. Photos can also be cut into oval and circles shapes, but they look a little dated these days. Use them sparingly, if at all.
  • Do not Crop - background clues to age or dates of photos and people who are no longer "in the  family"(they are still a part of the history of that person or event and their decedents ) Think Genealogy here.  Cutting tools like a trimmer or scissors will be needed to prep your pictures.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Utter Family Reunion

This year, we as family got together while the weather was good and had a "Family Reunion" of sorts. Mom had decided that because of her bad knee, last years wintery weather and trying to entertain 21 people in her house that maybe we should do this instead of Christmas in December. It was sort of a combination of Halloween, Christmas, and a get together. It was fun! The kids were able to run around outside, we had a fire, carved pumpkins, ate my hubbies delicious smoked pulled pork. Mom gave out Christmas money to all the little kids. Only two of our family were not there, maybe next year they will be with us. I loved seeing my brothers and their families and I think it was a treat for Mom and Dad.
Marilyn & Allen,  (from Left) Steve, Shell, Brent, Kris

Starting to carve our pumpkins

Melissa and Lucas, Isn't he a cutie!

Fire a blazing, lbaze the dog running and Brent not to sure about our wood choppers skills

Levi  prepping some wood, as a concerned Uncle Brent watches

Brothers are catching up

I am trying to get the kids gathered for a picture.

Finally got them arranged and standing by their pumpkins. Left, Levi, Eli, Evie, Sienna, Tristyn, Alysse, and Lucas

The family...dogs included.

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