Since I blogged last, in June, my surreal summer has continued. I took my daughter to her university orientation (wait a second...how did she grow up so fast?). My youngest decided that he wanted to replace our swing set with a trampoline (and while it's true that the swing set really was pretty worn out, it still felt like the end of an era—we've had playground equipment in our back yard for seventeen years!). And my two middle sons, 15 and 13, both have jobs.
It's nearly enough to make me quote Ferris Beuller, but I think I'll save that for a scrapbook layout! Instead, I'll share one of my current favorite techniques, which is combining photos and words using my Silhouette. Here are three recent ways I've done this:
1. Overflowing Text
I often put my titles right on top of my photos, but sometimes I want the words to flow off the picture, like this layout:
To create this overflowing text, I processed my picture and cropped it to an 8x10. Then I added the text, letting the words flow off the picture on purpose. (I confess: the clerk at photo printing spot I use looked at me a little bit strange when she handed me my pictures!) I made sure to write down both the fonts I used (Penelope Anne and Xiomara) and the font size. Then I cut the same words out, using the same fonts and sizes, with the Silhouette. Then I just stucked them down to the back side of the photo. (HERE is another example of this technique; scroll down to the first layout in the post.)
2. Frame Your Photo
Try framing your photo with words, like I did in this layout:
Creating a frame with words is similar to creating a frame around words (like my post last month). You just create two offset squares (for the inner and outer frames). Select all four squares and choose subtract. Position the two frames as you wish, then add the text and weld. Or you can just download the frame I created: Download Star spangled frame. It's sized for a 4"x5" photo.
3. Send your Photo Through the Silhouette
Try cutting your title out of a photograph, using empty space (sky, water, mountains, buildings, sand, or other landscape). When you send the photo through the cutter, make sure to change the type of medium to thick cardstock. You can use the positive letter shapes (which now have the texture of sky, or water, or mountains) or back the negative shape and use the entire photo, like I did in this layout:
This summer of mine might be odd, but it is reteaching me something: scrapbooking is a good thing! Reliving the days when all my kids were little isn't quite the same as actually living them was, but it is such a blessing to be able to revisit them.