Hello! Valerie here and I'm revisiting the days when my scrapbooks consisted of construction paper and shaped photos. I started scrapbooking in junior high back in the 90's. I used to take a ton of (really bad) photos with a cheap 35mm film camera. When scrapbooking these not so great photos, I used to trim them down and cut out the subject(s). Anyone else admit to doing this? I used to make a lot of collages with pages from magazines. I think that's why I thought this technique would be really cool with my own photos, but my photography wasn't good enough to really make it work and the supplies definitely weren't so awesome.
So flash forward to now. Hooray for digital cameras and amazing supplies! As I was uploading photos from a recent trip to a hot air balloon festival, I was thinking about how I would scrapbook them. I remembered that awful cutting thing I used to do to my photos and thought it actually might work for these hot air balloons.
It helps that my photography has improved and my photos are bright, colorful, and sharp. My process is a lot more advanced as well. I picked the balloon photos I would use and opened them all in Photoshop. I made the colors pop and then just completely got rid of the background. Next I opened a new 12 x 12 document. I brought all the balloons in—each balloon had it's own layer. I resized and moved around the balloons until I ended up with the placement you see above. Then I marked-off an 8.5 x 11" area with guides and arranged all the images so they would print on one page since I was printing at home using my Epson printer. Here's what my sheet looked like before it was cut.
I used foam dots to raise three of the balloons off the page a little. White paint was splattered and cloud shapes were cut from vellum and sewed on. Patterned paper and chipboard title are by My Mind's Eye.
My style has definitely changed and evolved a lot since the 90's. So many trends have come and gone (and have come back again). It was fun to take a technique from my past and make it new. What used to be your go-to technique when you first started scrapbooking?