There are plenty of times I only use one picture, if one picture can tell the story I want to tell. That's all I needed for my Just Temporary layout from Tuesday. I could have found other pictures that demonstrated how Mackenzie was acting at the time, but really that one photo said it all. Plus, with so much journaling, I needed the room. I also only used one picture on Three from Wednesday. To me, that picture was so Emma that I didn't need another one.
Every so often I don't journal. It's rare, but it happens. ;) Like this page I did about the girls wearing dresses in the summer. Yes, I could have added a few lines about how I love all the cute dresses they wear, but I think the title and pictures alone get the point across.
On Monday, I challenged you to take a childhood photo and create a layout where journaling about the photo is the focus of the page. I said I would be playing along this week, and I did.
When I looked at this photo, I tried to imagine what Emma might ask about it years from now, if all she saw was the picture and no story to go with it. I then tried to answer those questions in my journaling.
A few random things before I go:
- When I print multiple photos, I do it at home using Photoshop Elements 4. I don't plan ahead. When I need pictures for a layout, I sit down and go through all my pictures, finding some that inspire me to create a layout. I choose what size to print based on how many there are and what I want to focus on. I don't sketch, I don't pre-plan. I base my layout design around the photos. I'm really a make-it-up-as-I-go-along kind of scrapper.
- Some of my favorite products/tools right now? Ribbon. I recently got back in to ribbon. I haven't been real creative with it, every time I use it it's the same way, although I'm not sure what the exact word for it is, I guess pleating it, maybe? Border punches. I have three and need more. Thickers. Still my favorite thing for titles. Foam squares. Most stickers are better when attached with a foam square. Circle accent stickers. These are the things I turn to over and over again when creating my pages.
- I don't worry too much about imperfections. As much as I measure to make sure things are evenly spaced, something always looks crooked. Sometimes I have typos. Sometimes I'll move something on a page and it leaves the surface of the cardstock roughed up. I leave it. If I kept trying to fix everything, I'd never get any pages done.
- In the last two weeks I've created eleven new pages. Waaaay more than I normally do in that time period! I think I'm going to step away from my scrapbook table this coming week. But just for a week, since I'm cropping with a friend next Saturday. Plus, I've really got to finish that December Daily album!
- I take that back. I have to be at the table. I need to clean it. Because this is what it looks like right now. I can't scrapbook, or pack for the crop, until this all gets cleaned up and put away. I have to say I'm not looking forward to tackling this:
Have a great weekend,